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When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, he is urging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. However, when it comes to those who aren’t like us, many of us resist this innate ability. […] Read More

When discussing liturgical practices, such as communion and baptism, and how they can be used to address current themes, the church can only do so much. So how can the church help families continue that dialogue at home? […] Read More

Too many folks – families, churches, communities, even nations – believe other people’s problems are not their concern, but such tribalism leaves them in peril. One day, the snake will bite. […] Read More

Looking back on our nation’s role in slavery and racism, communities are struggling with how to memorialize and interpret the past. Sometimes, to enter well into the future, we need to own our past. […] Read More

One of the most significant causes of conflict – whether between individuals or among nations – is the conviction that reality revolves around ourselves. But God’s creation does not uniquely revolve around us. […] Read More

The American lifestyle’s frantic pace leads inevitably to exhaustion. Healthy clergy will recognize that the church is often one of the culprits in the overfilled schedules of its people. Here’s what you can do about it. […] Read More

Have you crafted a rule for life? Like a trellis supporting the growth of a plant, it helps determine the direction you go and fosters intentionality for achieving specific goals. Here’s how to do it. […] Read More

The end of one year and start of another provide the perfect opportunity to take time to remember. If you find such reflection challenging, consider a new spiritual discipline: the act of sustained remembering. […] Read More

We pursue status and wealth like prizes at a carnival game. Instead, if all of us could learn to live fully in God’s love, we wouldn’t be anxious about amassing life’s cheap, comparative prizes. […] Read More

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. When any threats are perceived, our empathy often will slam shut like a trap door. We’re called beyond instinct to empathy. That’s what I learned in a football stadium parking lot. […] Read More