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…
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.
Steves and Dr. Brandon talk about the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, and other things you probably won't hear from the cable news grind.
Mother Teresa, miracles, the supernatural, the regular natural, Buddha, Paul Rudd and more!
Stephen and Steve discuss a tradition of forging new worlds and how some pastors, like all of us, appear to inadvertently bow to babylonian gods.