Tag: “part of the solution”
Hospitals in Our Area Are Awesome
I just saw one of those newspaper headlines that are designed to induce fear in humans, to exploit it for commercial purposes. I learned about that recently from Margo Aaron at That Seems Important, and now she is one of my heroes. So I thought I would mention this: that in our area, our local…
Claiborne, Shane and Martin, Michael. Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2019. [An Installment of the “Read Me” Project.] Why I wanted to read Beating Guns: It said it was for people who are weary of violence. My demographic. One of the authors, Michael Martin, is…
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The sermon today was about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31. Our pastor pointed out that the rich man and Lazarus seem to have no social interaction at all in the story, although they are in close proximity. The rich man doesn’t really even see Lazarus during their simultaneous lifetimes. He…
How it matters, this moment
Do not make light of your failings, saying “What are they to me?” A jug fills drop by drop. So the fool becomes brimful of folly. Do not belittle your virtues, saying “They are nothing.” A jug fills drop by drop. So the wise man becomes brimful of virtue.1 1 Dhammapada: The Sayings of the…
I have been thinking a lot about how to “be part of the solution rather than part of the problem” these days. It really started when I began noticing that my own and others’ tendency on Facebook and other social media is to make quick comments that assume or presuppose that all of one’s readers…
Another Monday morning
Good theology should make it easier to get up in the morning. Here’s some:
What do we create?
Found the beautiful prayer/poem “A Simple Choice” at Sacredise while looking for liturgical resources for the 13th Sunday in ordinary time. Do we create need … or do we create plenty? Still working on a better answer to that one. Read it here.
Lessons from “the Islam group”
Our community study group on Islam wound up its reading and discussion of Tamim Ansary, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, last night. We started with around 50 people (that’s a long story – maybe another time), and have ended up with about 10 or 15 stalwarts, what with jobs and…