When our minds feel caught in a negative spiral, and stress seems ready to overwhelm us, there's a spiritual practice, with scientific backing, that can help us head in the other direction.
I heard a man say something at a funeral a couple weeks back that's been on loop in my head since. Standing at the podium, that tearful man looked his deceased friend's kids right in their eye and said it.
God, we’re told…is willing to brutally avenge the Divine Name for our having dragged it through the mud with our naughty deeds. You and I only get that God is Love stuff after God has attended to his wrath. That is, God wants to be Love, but first God must be Even. To stay with this faith for a lifetime is to learn to live with anxiety and call it peace, or to stop thinking about it entirely so you don’t go mad.
The story of the primordial humans in the Garden isn’t just about doing that which was forbidden. It’s about all of us, from the beginning, sewing together our own Hell, our own system of hiding and suppressing and pretending, to see if we can pass as lovable since we’re sure we’re not…Once it gets in your head that you may not be lovable, your entire internal budget is spent on compensating for that. And there’s not much left over for loving others when you decide your own value is a variable.
Rebecca sat down in my office and began complaining about her husband. Then her mother. Then her kids. A coworker. It seemed everyone, in concentric circles, was a jerk, a moron, or in the very least not all Rebecca required them to be…
In this week's Noises From The Attic episode, I talk about anger & aggression, and how faith can help us act less like mice, even though acting like mice feels sorta good.
Gavin Rogers, pastor and missionary, recently went to Mexico City to join and travel with the caravan from Honduras. It's a great story and a perspective we have to have if we're people looking to take compassion and care as far as they're supposed to go.
Isn't it contagious when someone's at peace with who they really are? Isn't your best competition yourself? Isn't Santa an unmitigated jerk? This episode covers all this and more. If you've ever felt like you and your ideas are too strange to embrace, author, leader and encourager in the difference-making ways of weird, CJ Casciotta, can help you start rethinking all that and dare to start moving away from Same.
"Everything that happens, we interpret through a lens, and the lens is the story we have been born into." In this conversation with sociologist, author, storyteller and activist Gareth Higgins, we explore our way of being in a world whose tensions and violence demand attention. From the interpersonal to the international, are we listening, and loving, and using the power we've been given for healing and peace?
Jeff Polish, founder and Executive Director of The Monti, talks with me about storytelling, its popularity, and what sharing personal stories with a room full of strangers says about what we know we need.
“The Monti is an extraordinary experience that goes beyond insightful storytellers and wonderful stories—but please don’t come, it is hard enough to get tickets as it is.”
–Dan Ariely, bestselling author of Predictably Irrational
Can we learn how to keep actively caring, to keep compassion and kindness in motion long after the storm passes? What if there are no other obvious demands upon our best selves? Can we become...generally compassionate? "Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle." -Somebody, somewhere
After a long hiatus, host Steve Daugherty talks about….said hiatus, as well as faith and what (always?) happens to it. Our faith forms and is formed by the world around us and inevitably unravels and re-ravels in fascinating, difficult, beautiful ways. You know: birth, death & resurrection. Enjoy a reentry podcast and review it highly on iTunes!
Steve's Daugherty and Claybrook wax philosophical about Satan, Love and some electoral subtext.
Steve, Stephen and Brandon chat with Science Mike from the Liturgists and Ask Science Mike.
In honor of World Mental Health Day, Steve and Stephen chat about the expectation in faith culture to (pretend) to be what were not for Jesus. It's only a little emo here and there.
fun fact: tariff is an Arabic word.