Battling Hate with Love

We are all really vulnerable. We don’t want to believe that. We want to think we’re more powerful than we are, that we are in control of our lives. And sometimes, we are. Sometimes, life goes well. The babies are born on time, the grocery bill is cheap, the parking spot opens up just as we pull in. But other times, we recognize that someone can move into a space […]

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First Day Sermon: Losing the Ego

From the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Page 17-18: Peter [said]: “How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner with a woman about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant? Must we change our customs, and listen to this woman? Did he really choose her, and prefer her to us?” Then Mary wept, and answered him: “My brother Peter, what can you be thinking? Do you believe that […]

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Mental Health vs. Spiritual Awareness

I think people are very confused about what it means to be mentally healthy in this country. We have an epidemic of anxiety and depression, and we don’t know how to fix it. Women, particularly, seem to be suffering, and we don’t know what to do for them. I think one solution may be to reconfigure our understanding of God. Because our culture is sick. There is a darkness that […]

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Sense and Essence Podcast, Episode 3: Forgiveness and Compassion

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” –Alexander Pope Forgiveness is like lighting a candle in the dark. It is the ability to see the world from another’s standpoint, even when that person has hurt you, and even when you don’t agree with that person’s point of view. Here, Dan Staub and Jana Llewellyn discuss the difficulty of forgiveness, what it means, and whether it is necessary to leading a […]

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Casting Stones

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus […]

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The Loyal Women

  Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. –Mark 15:40 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices […]

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The Man Who Taught Me about Wealth and Poverty

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” –Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast At a cafe in the Marais section of Paris, I ordered too much food. I started out with a salad, because I was hungry. And then I couldn’t help myself—I ordered cheese. Some kind of circular thick round of goat cheese that was filled with honey, and a […]

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