Articles by Rev. Daryl E. Witmer

 
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A notable milestone causes minister to reflect on life’s wisdoms

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on June 24, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.
The word is out that you’ve just turned 60, Rev. Witmer. It’s true. And I always used to think that 60 was quite old. So I find it rather sobering to now finally be here. But I’ve been noticing for a while now that the shadows are lengthening. So I …

Accepting forgiveness, moving on

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Dec. 31, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the fellow who wrote out all of his New Year’s resolutions. On Jan. 1, 2008, he wrote: “I will try to be a better husband to Marge.” In 2009: “I resolve not to …

Favorite aphorisms ring with relevance

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Nov. 19, 2010, at 5:14 p.m.
“He does not love good who does not hate evil.” That’s an aphorism. A particularly striking aphorism, in my opinion, and I am drawn to particularly striking aphorisms like a moth to light.

What will you do to make your mark?

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Oct. 08, 2010, at 8:55 p.m.
What’s the name of your great-great-grandfather? What did he do to earn a living? Where is he buried? Not sure of the answers? Has it ever occurred to you that you, too, may be just four generations away from being faceless, nameless and nearly forgotten? For more than 30 years, …

The true key to Heaven comes from God

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Aug. 28, 2010, at 1:51 a.m.
Ed Silas lived all alone. Way back in the woods. A long time ago. Ed grew up in the woods. Never went to school. Just lived off the land — gardening, hunting, trapping. Once in a great while …

Searching for answers, the truth?

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on July 16, 2010, at 5:28 p.m.
Can you feel the restless unsettled spirit of the day? For so long there has been this steady drumbeat of unending war, unstoppable oil, unbelievable debt. And now, is the stock market down again? Will these roads ever be fixed? When will I get my job back? How much worse …

Book offers insight into Middle East

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on June 04, 2010, at 6:11 p.m.
On May 24, 2010, my wife and I returned home from a 1,876-mile trip to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iran. We traveled to Pennsylvania and New Jersey in our 2008 GMC Savana van.

Questions of God, suffering arise from Haiti tragedy

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Jan. 29, 2010, at 7:32 p.m.
Why does God allow pain and suffering? No question about the Christian faith is asked more often than that question. At exactly 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, the issue took on an even greater …

If I had 30 minutes with Sen. Kennedy

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Nov. 06, 2009, at 7:11 p.m.
Edward Moore Kennedy was a United States senator for 46 years. At the time of his death, he was the third longest-serving senator in U.S. history. He was the brother of former President John F. …

‘Be with grace’ amid the attacks on our president

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Sept. 25, 2009, at 5:58 p.m.
Is it appropriate for Christians to call the president of the United States a racist? A fascist? A liar? What if there’s evidence to support such allegations? What if there isn’t? Is presidential …

Worshiping the one God vs. the many

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Aug. 18, 2009, at 3:26 p.m.
"O God/Heavenly Mother/Great Spirit/Vishnu/Zeus/Oneness/Jah/Yahweh." A few months ago, one of my fellow Voices columnists declared that all religious people pray to the same God. He wrote: "No …

Worshipping the one God vs. the many

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Aug. 14, 2009, at 9:19 p.m.
“O God/Heavenly Mother/Great Spirit/Vishnu/Zeus/Oneness/Jah/Yahweh.” A few months ago, one of my fellow Voices columnists declared that all religious people pray to the same God. He wrote: …

On earth, traveling toward heaven

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on July 03, 2009, at 6:05 p.m.
It’s going to happen very early next Wednesday morning. It has never happened before. It will never happen again. At five minutes and six seconds after 4 a.m. on July 8, the time and date will …

Exploring God’s viewpoint on hell

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on May 22, 2009, at 11:40 p.m.
We’re sitting at a picnic table. The conversation turns to religion. He says, “Jesus seemed like a pretty nice guy. Too bad he had to go and spoil everything by talking so much about …

Account of Jesus rises over all others

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on April 10, 2009, at 6:45 p.m.
Voices. Many voices. So many opinions about matters of faith and truth.

Father and son discuss best-seller about God

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Feb. 27, 2009, at 6:10 p.m.
Not long ago, I resolved to read and review “The Shack” (Windblown Media, 2008). Then I learned that my son already had done both. Our views matched. So I’m interviewing him for this column. Stephen E. Witmer (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born and raised in Piscataquis County. He now serves as …

For good or ill, contentment often closer than you think

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Jan. 16, 2009, at 7:01 p.m.
Contentment stinks. So read the T-shirts worn by Oakland Athletics team members, repeat American League baseball champions, as the team headed into Spring Training 1990: “Contentment Stinks; Stay …

The black and white of gray

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Dec. 12, 2008, at 6:02 p.m.
This is about gray. And black and white. And red and green. Gray is what people often try to color that which God defines in black and white.

True meaning in life rooted in spirituality

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Nov. 07, 2008, at 7:07 p.m.
To paraphrase Vince Lombardi: “If no one is keeping score, why is winning important?” Without trophies and record books, why play, why watch, why cheer? If today is the only reality, why set goals? Why explore? Why ask questions? If all art crumbles and all beautiful music fades away forever, …

True meaning in life rooted in spirituality

By Rev. Daryl E. Witmer on Nov. 06, 2008, at 4:50 p.m.
To paraphrase Vince Lombardi: “If no one is keeping score, why is winning important?”
 
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