Labor Day doesn’t seem to be much cause for celebration for many US workers

America’s Damaged Workforce excerpt from , “Occupying America: We Shall Overcome“ by Rev. Paul J. Bern   For my Labor Day message today, I would like to make some observations about the plight of America’s work force and the strongly negative effect that long-term unemployment is having on our fellow citizens. If we could find […]

For this week’s Bible study, we will tackle the second half of Romans 14.

On Conflicting Faith Between Religions [Rom. 14; 13-23]   In today’s Bible study we will finish Romans chapter 14. In this study we will conclude Paul’s train of thought from the first 12 verses that we studied last week concerning judgment that we may pass on one another, consciously or subconsciously, regarding matters of faith. […]

What if Jesus came to Ferguson Mo.? What would he say and do?

What Would Jesus Protest? By Rev. Paul J. Bern It started in the fall of 2011 as most age-defining movements do, with some unrest and some recognition of what is right and wrong. It started with some people willing to take a stand against rampant injustice. And then some more people join. And then some […]

This week’s Bible study will be the first half of Romans chapter 14.

Accepting One Another Without Being Judgmental [Romans 14; 1-12] Today in our ongoing study of the book of Romans, I will move on to chapter 14. Since there is a lot of subject matter to discuss, I am going to divide this portion of the study into 2 halves out of respect and thoughtfulness towards […]

What do God, Ferguson, Mo., and the Arab Spring have in common?

God, Ferguson, Mo., ‘Occupy’, ‘the 99%’, and the Arab Spring I have been watching the evening news on wireless TV and on the Internet from the alternative media (with just a measured amount of CNN Internet; I don’t waste my time or money with cable TV) with much admiration lately as the political turmoil unfolds […]

This week’s Bible study will be Romans chapter 13

Love One Another For The Day Is Near [Romans chapter 13] In today’s lesson we are going to move on to Romans chapter 13. When we closed out chapter 12 last week, Paul wrote, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. As I wrote last week, this is very good advice […]

Could the American dream turn out to be a nightmare? Or is it already there?

Is The American Dream A Christian Nightmare? By Rev. Paul J. Bern The American Dream has at its core an escape from the real world to build a personalized utopia, a custom-made fantasy island of sorts. When we were taught to pursue this dream when we were growing up, we were told that if we […]

Occupy Wall Street Is Growing Into a Grass Roots Movement

How “Occupy” Is Evolving (excerpt from, “Occupying America: We Shall Overcome”, by Rev. Paul J. Bern)     This weekend in Sacramento, Cal. the Occupy movement will celebrate its third anniversary from July 31st until August 3rd. At one time there were some people who said that the Occupy and “the 99%” Movements were headed […]