1. Life on both sides

    November 17th, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    By Rich Peck

    In a unanimous decision released Thursday, Nov. 13, three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit reversed a 2013 federal court ruling, which had found that the tax exemption for clergy housing allowances amounted to an unconstitutional establishment of religion. The case started in Wisconsin. Last year a f... read more

  2. 25 years after destruction of Berlin wall

    November 11th, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    By Rich Peck

    On November 10-11 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin wall. In 1965, I took a train trip across East Germany to West Berlin. I remember how frightened I was when Russian soldiers took my passport away when we entered East Germany. I had no assurance I would ever see it again. It was returned... read more

  3. Lessons from a colonoscopy

    November 26th, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    By Rich Peck

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)––“Pray, risk, breath”––Those are principles all Christians should follow. That’s the advice Bishop Bruce Ough, chairman of the Connectional Table offered members of United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration and members of the table during a Nov.... read more

  4. Thirty things I’ve learned after 50 years in the editor’s chair

    November 7th, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    By Rich Peck

    ––A blog of little interest to anyone–– 1.    Don’t’ overestimate the amount of information readers have and don’t underestimate their intelligence. 2.    When you tell people you would rather not have line-ups or grip-and-grin photos, you will get li... read more | 3 comments

  5. Our place in the universe

    August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    By Rich Peck

    Kepler is a space observatory launched by NASA to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. The planets are known as Goldilocks planets as they are neither too hot nor too cold and they are just right for the presence of water and the development of life. In May, NASA announced the spacecraft had been crippled by f... read more | 4 comments