HORIZONTAL UNITY

HORIZONTAL UNITY

HORIZONTAL UNITY “The overall purpose of human communication is — or should be — reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another.” — M. Scott Peck   Matthew...
CLEANING UP

CLEANING UP

CLEANING UP “Someday, somebody’s going to have to wipe your a—.” — Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie 2 Corinthians 12:7-101 Corinthians 15:42-582 Corinthians 13:4 A friend and I visited his mom in the stroke recovery wing at the hospital. A few days earlier, a...
HELP

HELP

HELP “Help! I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody! Won’t you please, please help me.” — The Beatles Ecclesiastes 4:8-12Matthew 7:1-6Mark 10:46-52 We have problems with dependency. We cannot need. We will not ask for help. I would rather be needed than need. I would...
COUNTING THE COST

COUNTING THE COST

COUNTING THE COST “The old man said,’You gotta have a good imagination’If you’re gonna live the life of old.He said, ‘You’ve got to drive that Ford like it’s a stallionAnd you’ve got to wear your heart just like a gun.’” — Jack Ingram, “Beat Up Ford” Luke 14:25-33...
THE OTHER COST, PART 2

THE OTHER COST, PART 2

THE OTHER COST, PART 2 “We went through the whole shebang alone. We’re islands now.” — Douglas Coupland Deuteronomy 6:20-25Deuteronomy 30 (esp. 15-20) In the November 2005 issue of “National Geographic,” a headline article carries the story about the longest-living...
THE OTHER COST, PART 1

THE OTHER COST, PART 1

THE OTHER COST, PART 1 “He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.” — George Herbert Matthew 6:9-15 (esp. 14-15)Matthew 18:21-35Mark 11:22-25 Someone said that love primarily has a contractual nature. Love means a commitment to...