Habits of the Heart: Anger

Like fear, anger appears to be trending in our time, especially during this overwrought season of looming elections. It’s no coincidence that anger and fear run together. Both arise in response to threats, real or imagined, and each comes naturally as an impulse to survive. Fear famously evokes the inclination to fight, flee, or freeze, and if you choose to fight, it helps to be angry. Anger g…

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Sabbath Rest

For six days God labored to create the heavens and the earth. Light and dark, land and sea, plant life, light and dark, day and night, all manner of animals, humans, and more beside: God created it all. And then, 2God completed all the work that he had done, and on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God…

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Awareness: Taste and See

This week we are kicking off our church calendar year with our annual Taste and See event. We are Presbyterians of course, so how are we going to get things started right? With more food than you can possibly imagine, of course! I’ve had an interesting relationship with food over the course of my life. Ever since I was a tiny boy, I have been a picky eater. For a while there I only had a handful o…

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Habits of the Heart: Fear

There seems to be an epidemic of fear in the world these days. Like any other epidemic, it’s widespread and contagious. People pass it on to one another, but unlike ordinary pathogens fear can be transmitted remotely—mainly through the media. If there is an epidemiology of fear, it involves identifying and treating the causes while containing the spread in the meantime. For some people fear bec…

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Courage

I remember the first time I ever preached. I was in my youth group at Beulah Presbyterian Church, and for a youth group one night a collection of us were asked to give the message. I think I had maybe ten minutes or so to preach, but preaching it was. And my goodness, it was exhilarating! Something about all the prep work that happened ahead of time, the build up, the delivery, it was…

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