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In our social-media world, we’ve reached a point where it’s entirely acceptable to be negative about what others think, create, do or say, insulting and getting personal with them in our comments. Christians often are the culprits. […] Read More

When dealing with homelessness, some people are “naïve do-gooders” while others are “harsh enforcers.” These groups must join forces and focus on the homeless people themselves, not just the perspective of their positions. […] Read More

What might be three essential faith practices we should take with us on our 40-day journey toward Easter? On the Sunday before Lent at my congregation, I suggested these based off of Micah 6:8: justice, kindness and humility. Justice is such a hot button word in faith communities these days. Religious folks of all kinds […] Read More

Awe was the focus of a Parade magazine article published in October. The author, Paula Spencer Scott, describes how the emotion of awe is getting more and more attention from researchers. “New studies show that it’s a dramatic feeling with the power to inspire, heal, change our thinking and bring people together,” she said. Scott […] Read More

The best song of the year at the Country Music Association’s 2016 awards was “Humble and Kind.” It’s a timely, needed song for getting America back to basics after a bruising, nasty, disappointing presidential election. Let’s read the words. Let’s watch the video. Let’s sing along; let’s live the song. One treasured verse says, “Go […] Read More

The ability to communicate is a gift. We can bless others with this gift by using it to heal, to build up and not to harm. Conversely, we can use it to tear down, to harm and to destroy relationships. We all need and search for connectedness. We know how it feels to be in […] Read More

Have you ever seen a jogger smile? There is a park alongside the river that is a convenient place for me to stop on the way home from work. While traffic hums by, there are trails winding through patches of woods, green space and the river itself that make it ideal for jogging (or in […] Read More

Near the end of my morning walk, I walked past two men who were ambling in the opposite direction and having a lively conversation with each other. The street was busy and noisy, but I heard one phrase, “Yeah, he was so unusually kind to me that it made me feel kind of weird.” I […] Read More

I opened a note card from a favorite young cousin and was startled and pleased by what she had written: “I love you.” She brought joy to my heart. I didn’t expect it, and there was no apparent reason for her gesture. What a delightful surprise! So often those of us who are older worry […] Read More

“It only takes 21 seconds to be kind to someone.” That’s what Wayne Soares told a Boys and Girls Club in Boston. Soares, a former sports broadcaster on ESPN Radio and Fox Sports, is now an author and motivational speaker. He recounted an episode from his youth with his Boston Red Sox idol. His idol […] Read More