Forgiveness: Clearing Space In the Soul
- Last Updated on 27 August 2015
The scene is all too familiar. Whether it’s a small break of trust, a major mistake, or a huge violation, we have all experienced someone doing something wrong to us, creating a situation where we are called upon to forgive. The acts we may be called upon to forgive range from accidental distress caused by someone forgetting and no-showing on a lunch date, to mean-spirited words said with the intent to harm, all the way up to high impact events like infidelity in a romantic relationship or an act of violence committed against you or a loved one. Being called upon by circumstance to forgive is an inevitable part of the human experience.
Why’ja Even Do That?!
- Last Updated on 27 August 2015
We’ve all been there: Someone has done something that has hurt or angered or disappointed us deeply. Or we have done something that hurts or angers or disappoints someone else, someone about whom we care. Or we’ve done something that leaves us severely disappointed in ourselves. And we wonder... why’ja even do that?!
The stories we tell ourselves about why someone—ourselves or others—does what they do affect our ability and willingness to forgive. Even though we don’t fully grasp our own motives, let along those of other people, what we do understand—or think we understand—about these motives influences our attitude, sometimes profoundly.
As Yogi Said, “It Ain’t Over”
- Last Updated on 04 August 2015
As baseball great Yogi Berra reportedly said, “The game ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The recent SCOTUS decisions on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act felt like the end of a long road, and indeed they were. Nonetheless, in the days, and perhaps even hours following those decisions, it became clear that the game wasn’t over. There was going to be a lot of wrangling over just what the day-to-day, feet-on-the-ground working out of the decisions would mean, and should mean. In this somewhat more academic than usual column, I want to look at these questions in light of how people interpret the two religion clauses in first amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
From Vision to Soul Work: A Year of Themes Ministry
- Last Updated on 01 July 2015
I’d not heard of themes ministry until Reverend Seth started talking about it this past church year. I’d gone to seminary long before it became part of the way people looked at ministry, at worship, and at everything else that takes place in our congregations. Because I’d attended a United Methodist seminary, I was familiar with the concept of a lectionary. A lectionary is a listing of biblical passages to be read in worship and focused on in preaching throughout the church year. It is used by many Christian churches, including Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and Methodist. There usually is a passage from the Christian Old Testament, the New Testament, and frequently there are passages from one of the four Gospels separately from the rest of the New Testament.
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