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Toxic Hurry: The High Price of the Unexamined Life (6)

As we conclude this part of our lesson on toxic hurry, we look again at how our American culture makes us vulnerable to the temptation Jesus warned us about in the parable we’re unpacking. We conclude by a bit of review of these six weeks, but some concluding remarks about the American predilection for avarice (though we’d never call it that), impatience, and a lack of chastity. Continue reading

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Toxic Hurry: The High Price of the Unexamined Life (5)

Avarice…
Impatience…
Un-chastity…

These words describe spiritual illness. We know that. What we often don’t know is how our own history and society as Americans embeds these character flaws deep in our national psyche. We don’t see how they drive us to the toxic hurry Jesus warned us about. Continue reading

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Toxic Hurry: The High Price of the Unexamined Life (4)

As we’re unpacking Jesus’ parable about people who missed Divine Life because they were in a hurry, we’re looking at several ways our own culture trips us into unexamined hurry.

There’s a powerful economic engine vested in making you want things, and making sure you don’t say “no” to them. Today we look at that engine, and the negative things we experience when we have no filter in place to determine our “yes’s” and “no’s.”

Again, forewarned is forearmed. Continue reading

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Toxic Hurry: The High Price of the Unexamined Life (3)

Philosophical pragmatism was hammered out by a bunch of really smart guys in Cambridge, Mass. in the late 1800’s. It has become such a successful, American philosophy that it often bleeds out of the area in which it is so fruitful and effective, into other areas of our humanity in which it is decidedly not helpful – in fact, quite the opposite.

As Americans, if we would heed the warning in Jesus’ parable about not getting caught up in toxic hurry, we have to know what will derail us. Philosophical pragmatism will do it! Continue reading

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Toxic Hurry: The High Price of the Unexamined Life (2)

Pragmatism: if it works, it must be good.  Who would argue with that?

However, when we think about making it the central organizing value in our lives (as many Americans do), there are some pretty negative, unintended consequences.  If we want to not miss the party Jesus invited us to last week, we do well to rethink how deeply we allow pragmatism to go in our value system. Continue reading

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The Great Upending: Toward a Better Earth

Listen to this prayer from Francis of Assisi. It sums up today’s lesson. Have a listen.
Doug.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
…where there is injury, pardon;
…where there is doubt, faith;
…where there is despair, hope;
…where there is darkness, light;
…where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
…to be consoled as to console;
…to be understood as to understand;
…to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
…it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
…and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Continue reading

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People of Mission: Understanding the Kingdom of God (Conclusion)

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People of Mission: Understanding the Kingdom of God – Salvation (part 5)

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People of Mission: Understanding the Kingdom of God – Salvation (part 4)

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People of Mission: Understanding the Kingdom of God – Salvation (part 3)

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