Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2012’

Wed., Oct. 31, 2012

I’ve decided to use this blog to share with you some of my weekly learnings from my Positive Psychology course. I welcome conversation around any of this material and hope that you find it helpful. The current “module” we’re in has to do with Change, and this week I’ve been reading about some of the latest findings in brain research, …

“Daring Greatly”–Mark 10: 46-52– Oct. 28, 2012

The title of this morning’s sermon comes from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt, which was entitled “Citizenship in a Republic,” given in Paris, France in April, 1910.  It’s also the title of Dr. Brene Brown’s most recent book, which I am in the midst of pondering and devouring. Here’s the passage from Teddy Roosevelt’s speech– “It is not the critic …

“A Tough Sell”– Mark 10:35-45– Oct. 21, 2012

  In Matthew’s gospel, it is the mother of James and John who makes the request of Jesus that her sons be seated at his left and his right when he comes into his glory. It’s the kind of thing you can imagine a mother doing, advocating for her sons. But even in Matthew, as it does here in Mark, …

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CROP Walk 2012

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk : We had 7 Hoppers who raised $185.72! Way to go Hoppers! We had 26 walkers who have raised $3,014.15 so far. If you have not given in your sponsorship or would still like to donate, it is not too late! See Nora Parsons. Thanks to all the walkers and sponsors! 25% comes …

“What about the poor?”– Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Mark 10:17-31– Oct.14, 2012

  It is Peak Season for politics, with a little over 3 weeks until Election Day. We are in the midst of Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, with claims and counter-claims being made, and polls jumping up and down like some kind of irregular heart rate monitor. Jim Wallis, author of several books, including God’s Politics–Why the Right Gets It Wrong …

“A Complex and Complicating Web”– Mark 10: 2-16– Oct. 7, 2012

We know that there are some churches where divorced persons are not welcome– not welcome at the communion table, or not welcome to attend at all. My guess is that used to be true at Second Congregational Church once upon a time, but, thankfully, I hope, that is no longer true here. I say “I hope” because I cannot speak …

“Who’s in and what’s ‘in’?”– Mark 9: 38-50– Sept. 30, 2012

This passage from Mark is just one of the many reasons I am not a fundamentalist, or someone who takes the Bible literally. And, in fact, nobody really is a true Biblical literalist. As John Dominic Crossan puts it so nicely, “Just because Jesus is the Lamb of God doesn’t mean that Mary had a little lamb.” If we were …

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