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The Modern Slave Trade: Human Trafficking 1 Comment Read more »

The Modern Slave Trade: Human Trafficking

It’s not hopeless It’s as easy as opening our eyes and noticing what is going around us. When many people think of human trafficking they think of Cambodia, Indonesia, or the Sudan, rarely do people realize that it happens in our own cities and neighborhoods.…


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The Signs of Spring

Listen for the Hummmmm We had one of those classic days in Heber today. Woke up to snow, then there was sun, then there was rain, then snow again, and now it’s clear. It was a high of 45 degrees, and it will be 19…


Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter 1 Comment Read more »

Furry Bunnies, Pink Chicks, Costco Baskets, and Easter

What’s wrong with celebrating Easter with candy? I don’t think I every consciously thought about it this way, but I guess I pictured Jesus reacting to our Easter celebrations like a mother reacting to a child who complains about her cooking: guilt trip. I could…


Jesus Politics 4 Comments Read more »

Jesus Politics

Clearly a comparison between the political groups of Jesus’ day and ours is not perfect. I’m not trying to say Jesus was on the side of any group, or that any current political party is the party he would have been a part of. Quite…


Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Tea Party: The Politics Surrounding Jesus 11 Comments Read more »

Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Tea Party: The Politics Surrounding Jesus

Palm Sunday Powder-keg By Joseph Ellis I don’t want to give the impression that I am comparing any politician to Jesus, that is not the case, so please don’t read that into this piece. However, the days of Jesus and our political environment are remarkably…


Jesus, a Militia, and a Donkey - Palm Sunday Leave a comment Read more »

Jesus, a Militia, and a Donkey – Palm Sunday

The Political World of Jesus By Joseph Ellis The gap between religion and the public sphere is pretty immense. That probably explains why Palm Sunday was difficult to understand growing up. In church we hear how Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem on a young donkey,…


Palm Sunday Leave a comment Read more »

Palm Sunday

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of…


Is There a Moral Case for Taxing the Rich More? Leave a comment Read more »

Is There a Moral Case for Taxing the Rich More?

Class warfare–the imbalance of entitlement. By Joseph Ellis Why should the rich pay more taxes? This is a question many people have been asking lately, and an issue recently addressed by President Obama. If a person works hard for the wealth he or she has,…


Tax Benefits: Difficult to Quantify Sometimes 1 Comment Read more »

Tax Benefits: Difficult to Quantify Sometimes

Why we need to pay taxes By Joseph Ellis There is a lot of debate surrounding taxes these days. I suppose it is unsurprising given our propensities as human beings to guard whatever we possess. This instinctive reaction is so strong it has lead some…


Conscience: Morality, Change, and Social Responsibility 2 Comments Read more »

Conscience: Morality, Change, and Social Responsibility

Why we need to join forces with the government By Joseph Ellis The following statement may sound odd, especially coming from a former pastor, but here it goes: Lately, I’ve been developing a sense of social conscience and societal responsibility. This sounds weird coming from…


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