Author: Bob Walters

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Column: What’s Missing, Part 4

After 30 years away from church, one day I arrived back in church. And something clicked. Suddenly and unexpectedly, I became very serious about figuring out why Jesus mattered, because suddenly and unexpectedly He...

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Column: What’s missing, Part 3

I was a busy-with-church Episcopal kid, a virulently disinterested non-church agnostic adult and then caught on with the evangelical Jesus thing in my late 40s. For the most part, I haven’t missed a church...

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Column: What’s missing, Part 2

I’m reminiscing about my diverse church-going experiences, hoping to describe a couple of missing faith-life links that are worth pointing out. To quickly review, I was an active Episcopalian kid followed by a three-decades-without-church...

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Column: What’s missing, part 1

My Christian life, going back to the beginning, has seen two entirely different approaches to doing church. And it includes a 30-year stretch with essentially no church at all. As an Episcopal altar boy...

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Column: Indications of faith

“The gospel was not good advice but good news.” – William R. Inge An archive article from my favorite publication, “First Things,” explains that a preacher’s primary task is not to tell us the...

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Column: Persecution by degrees

It remains quite impolite in America to kill someone over their religion. Other world regions see awful and violent religious persecution. Here in Indiana, in the good ol’ USA, I feel fairly safe going...

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Column: The price is (not) right

Let’s take a hard look at where the New Testament says Jesus on the Cross is: – a “price” for our souls, – a “payment” for our transgressions, – a “punishment” for our sins,...

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Column: When in doubt …

My purpose in getting up early Sunday mornings and attending church is to worship God and share in the fellowship of the Christian faith. It’s not because I have religious doubts and need reassurance...

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Column: Balancing the news

“The good news makes no sense if you don’t know the bad news.” – Sunday school adage. Our church is spending several weeks focusing on, discussing and teaching about Christian “Doubt.” Granted, any church...

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Column: Because we can

“Commandment” is a word our modern ear hears as a militaristic, non-negotiable, subservient-signifying, dread-invoking, hellfire and damnation-laden directive: “Do this or else.” Scripture actually communicates a more subtle, more circumspect and more loving message...