Enemies: A Confession

The past two Sundays I have felt compelled to include a prayer "for our enemies" in the Pastoral Prayer section of worship.  This is not unique to my style of worship--I often do this.  But during Lent it seems doubly important to remember that God's grace and the gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ isn't... Continue Reading →

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Do We Really Want To Be Angry?

Just this week I saw a variation of this slogan on the bumper of a car in front of me in traffic.  And I couldn't help but shake me head.  Is this really how we want to be known as a country?  A nation filled with angry people?  A nation that thrives on outrage? Anger... Continue Reading →

Learning Compassion

I know I'm a nerd, but I can't help but be fascinated by some of the brain science research being done today.  One studythat particularly intrigues me involved using a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure the brain's activity of Tibetan monks who were meditating on compassion.  Now, meditating on compassion is something Tibetan... Continue Reading →

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