A collection of columns by Lisa Jisa, Jennifer Zach, Steve Hammer, Diane Meehl and Kerry C. Neuhardt.

  • By Lisa Jisa Ahwatukee Foothills News
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I was watching the Weather Channel with my youngest daughter a few days ago. A clip came on about the devastating floods in Pakistan, and the …

  • By Jennifer Zach Special to AFN
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Imagine opening a brand new tube of toothpaste. It feels heavy, round and smooth in your hands. Unscrew the top and start squeezing - but not …

  • By Jennifer Zach Ahwatukee Foothills News
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“Stick your hand in it, mom! Go for it!” my son says. He looks at me with a challenging grin. 

  • Jennifer Zach | Special to AFN
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Watching Julie & Julia. Julie, almost 30, a desk jockey who fields complaints in a call center, is sitting in a New York City restaurant l…

Communitylife
  • By Jennifer Zach
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“I know why spring is called spring,” my first-grader announced importantly as he climbed up into bed. “It’s because when the snow melts, ever…

Communitylife
  • By Jennifer Zach
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I’ve just come downstairs to look for my brain. Apparently I lost it and everything that was in it. It happened to my husband, too. We woke up…

  • Commentary by Jennifer Zach
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Last week William Rice stopped to see what was going on at a health care reform protest organized by MoveOn.org, a group in favor of health ca…

  • Commentary by Jennifer Zach
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Let me tell you a funny story. Lately I have been thinking a lot about strength and being strong. With a milestone birthday not too far in the…

  • By Steve Hammer Special to AFN
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Last month, a pastor in Florida made international headlines by announcing his plans to burn copies of the Qur'an. That he relented in the 11t…

  • By Steve Hammer Special to AFN
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Jesus had a way of sneaking up on his pupils. Good teachers are like that. While spinning stories on the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven, the …

  • By Steve Hammer Special to AFN
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Ever since human beings began to form themselves into communities, the relationship between government and religion has been, well, dicey. On …

Communitylife
  • By Steve Hammer
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It seems like Harvey Cox has been around forever. Now in his 81st year he is still going strong even though he is “officially retired” from hi…

Communitylife
  • By Steve Hammer
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It is hard to imagine that it was just 10 years ago that there was a great deal of fuss and bother over “Y2K.” Computer systems were going to …

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Steve Hammer
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Last month our congregation hosted a food-packing event for Feed My Starving Children. Along with congregations in Peoria, Scottsdale and Mesa…

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Steve Hammer
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Nearly 500 years ago, priest and professor of theology Martin Luther nailed a list of issues for debate to the door of the church. There was n…

Communitylife
  • Commentary by Steve Hammer
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My brother lives on a lake in the Midwest. In the summer it’s pretty easy to see what the neighbors are doing just by looking down the shoreli…

  • By Diane Meehl Special to AFN
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According to parental folklore, as a kid, I ate like a bird. You would never know it now. Ever since my own "babies" arrived on the scene, I'v…

  • By Diane Meehl Special to AFN
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An unexpected miracle arrived in my mailbox one day, exactly when I needed one. A thick envelope with no return address, it was chock full of …

  • By Diane Meehl Special to AFN
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Ah, it's almost here: Absolutely my favorite night of the month, right up there with "dinner-is-anything-you-can-fix-yourself-night." Date Nig…

Communitylife
  • By Diane Meehl
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It’s hard to describe, isn’t it? It is …a bittersweet heartache. It is watching your hopes and dreams walk. It is peering into the future. It …

Communitylife
  • By Diane Meehl
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I agree with Alice Cooper. He claimed embracing Christianity was the real rebellion of his life. So in that spirit, I did something a bit diff…

Communitylife
  • By Diane Meehl
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Ah, another football season’s come to an end. Not that I’m exactly an avid fan, but I live with a couple of diehards. And if I want to hang ou…

Communitylife
  • By Rev. Kerry C. Neuhardt
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My mom approached looking agitated, crying. The rented sprayer was too loud to hear her and my dad and I were preoccupied with getting coating…

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