Jerry Earl Johnston is a former Deseret News staffer and has been a columnist for 35 years. Email:

Here are several memorable quotes from “Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety” by Henri J.M. Nouwen.
There’s never a time when saying “thank you” should feel inappropriate, and never a time we can say we’ve gone beyond the need to be grateful
“To live simply,” writes Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan monk in New Mexico, helps achieve a “radical level of freedom”
For decades Billy Graham held the title of “America’s Pastor.” And when he died, there was no heir apparent
One actor says the musical will have to do some serious rewriting before the show is fit for public consumption again. The truth is, the transmission has been torn out
Once considered an an iffy prospect, he’s now proving to be spark plug at the top of Angels’ batting order
When most people lie on their death beds, personal connections will be all that matter. We’ll rejoice in the ones we’ve made and lament the ones that got away
Bits of insight and wisdom that I’m hoping will help me make sense of the coronavirus pandemic
A new symbol for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was announced at the recent general conference
“Love is stronger than death,” writes Henri Nouwen in “A Letter of Consolation.” The pain we feel at a person’s death is there because we loved them so much.
What an experience at the Pie Pizzeria and the examples of Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama show about about the biblical teaching to become like a little child.
The new volume by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Witness for His Names,” is a handsome little book that discusses the dozens of names and titles given to Jesus Christ, ranging from Adam and Adonai to The Way and The Word.
My column about my mother and Thanksgiving strummed enough heart strings that I’m going to let her take another star turn for Christmas
The most important thing about my mother’s kitchen rituals was she believed cooking and serving, eating and sharing should be a spiritual experience
Stephen Mitchell gives the story of Joseph and his brothers a refurbishing in “Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness”
All day the local radio station had been warning senior citizens, people with heart problems and those on medication to stay inside. I was all three people. And I was out in the heat.
Raising a loving family isn’t our final goal. It’s the starting point. Our final goal is to feel familial love for everybody.
Father’s Day is Sunday. That’s the day when aging sons spar with memories of their departed dads. I’ve been sparring with the memory of mine.
Even in glaring and blazing Sin City, it’s possible to find a little niche filled with the kind of light that can illuminate the face of God.
N.T. Wright is considered the go-to guy in New Testament studies these days. He has been compared to C.S. Lewis. And his book, “Simply Christian,” is seen as the gold standard for a concise explanation of what it means to be Chri
Father Charles B. Urnick is an orthodox Catholic. He’s just not an orthodox person. After celebrating an 8 a.m. mass at the “official” church, he hustles across town and conducts two masses for the masses in the showroom of a casino.
In lesser hands, the whole affair would have felt affected. What carried the day was the authentic humanity of Barks, as well as the humanity in the 700-year-old poems he’d come to share.
Meet Bishop Boyd Beesley Bird. Bishop Bird is a bald, 220-pound newspaper columnist who loves baseball, poetry and T-bone steak. Some think he’s me. But I’ve never been a bishop. Still, we do share some traits.
Back in the 1960s, Paul Simon penned a song called “Old Friends.” In one line he says, “How terribly strange to be 70.” I was 21 at the time and 70 seemed strange and terrible indeed. Now I’m 70 myself.
A couple of weeks ago I played emcee for a Christmas carol singalong at the old Box Elder Tabernacle in Brigham City ... for Christmas carols, no points are given for “degree of difficulty,” only for “degree of devotion.”
Martin Luther once asked, “Why should the devil get all the good tunes?” Max McLean looked at the current batch of Broadway plays and asked a similar question: Why should the devil get all the good theater reviews?
I was with President Gordon B. Hinckley the day after the Twin Towers came down. I’d been sent to interview him for a newspaper piece. And his soothing, salve-like comments eased my jittery nerves.
Nov. 30 marks 75 years since the murder of Esther “Etty” Hillesum. If you can’t place the name, read on. She’s well worth getting to know.