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FirstDay Sermon: Love Is Not a Numbers Game. Life Is Not a Matter of Numbers.

“For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a corner of their room.” –Rainer Maria Rilke This past week, I was preparing to teach one of my college classes in which students read academic articles about culture and then respond by writing analytical essays. (Wow, that sounds boring.) Our particular focus is […]

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Happiness Is Possible

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” –Henry David Thoreau “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in [red], and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your [lover] all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days.” –Ecclesiastes 7-10  I […]

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FirstDay Sermon: The Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they will see God. “A Bible Remix” –MotherJana My faith, for me, has always been experiential, meaning that I see how God is working in my own life so that I can understand the larger laws that govern the universe. (As if I can understand the larger laws!) But God is very personal to me, and we’re intimate companions. I know God is […]

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The Pleasure of Driving

Love, the Great Being that weaves through all things, sends us messages all the time. Constantly. Sometimes, when I’m in moments of awareness, it’s like I’m being bombarded, and I look to the heavens and say, Yeah, I know, duh! But so many people, people who live in darkness and in their minds and in their confusion and fear, are not able to receive that love. They’re blind. It pops up […]

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Is Dating Like Buying a Car?

Last week I had to go car-hunting. My black sedan got hit pretty bad on the way home from work one day, so when I found out it was totaled, I knew I was going to have to make a big new-car decision. It had been a long time since I was able and ready to invest in one, and I was excited by the prospect—I could actually pick what […]

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