Breathe in Suffering, Breathe out Love

When we breathe, we take in oxygen and put out carbon dioxide. When a tree "breathes," it takes in carbon dioxide and puts out oxygen. From our point of view, the tree inhales waste and exhales what we need to take in. This is the image that came to mind when I heard American Buddhist …

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You Are Not a Disgrace to Women. BUT.

This Facebook post has been making the rounds the last few days. I'm not sure who the original author is, as people have been copying and pasting it into their status (which led me to believe that someone I know had written it until I caught on). I wanted to respond to it at the time, …

What the Lord Requires

This sermon was preached at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Sunday, January 22, 2017. The text was Micah 6:1-8. The setting is a courtroom. The defendant is Israel. The witnesses are the mountains and the foundations of the earth. The plaintiff, prosecuting attorney, judge, and jury is God Almighty. There is no way …