As I grow older, I'm increasingly scared of heights. But there I was with my four-year-old in front of a three-story water slide.
The terror of the dark unknown
Anxiety has a way of turning otherwise faithful Christians into foxhole atheists. I'm too busy worrying to pray.
Giving up anxiety
I worry about avian flu. I worry that my identity is being stolen right this second. I check four times to make sure I turned the stove off. It's breathless, compulsive behavior.
Why I welcome them
to arrive at the kind of equilibrium admired by the
disciples who broke down the barrier to St. Anthony's fortress. To do this, I have to befriend the demons dwelling in the cave of my heart.
On a recent episode of Marketplace, after another
day of "volatility" in the stock market, host Kai Ryssdal asked New York bureau
chief Heidi Moore about that particular day's anxiety, apparently caused by
untrue rumors about a French bank.
What is the ‘better part’?
chosen the better part," says Jesus, "and it will not be taken away from her." This is not what Jesus is supposed to say.
Today is September 15th, which for many of us is also known as the day
that 3rd quarter tax estimates are due. I hate paying quarterlies.
In writing sermons I try to pay attention to transitions, and so I confess that I have a quarrel with the cutting and pasting of Gospel texts for the 10th and 11th Sundays after Pentecost.
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