Preaching Connection: Kindness

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Love Within Limits: A Realist’s View of 1 Corinthians 13

“It takes power to be kind because kindness is risky.  First, to move toward another person in kindness is to risk misunderstanding.  If you are kind to a person, your action may be seen as a veiled seduction.  If you are kind to a person of another race, you may be suspected of being patronizing...
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The Four Loves

Lewis speaks of the difference between “intimate and formal courtesy.  Precisely what suits the one may be a breach of the other.  To be free and easy when you are presented to some eminent stranger is bad manners; to practice formal and ceremonial courtesies at home (‘public faces in private places’) is—and is always intended...
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The Descent of the Dove: a Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church

“The imaginations of the Alexandrian fathers were courteous; their visions were humane. Origen extended that vision so far as to teach the final restitution of all things, including the devils themselves. It is impossible that some such dream should not linger in any courteous mind, but to teach it as a doctrine almost always ends...
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“Self-care and Care for Others”

Don’t pry, meddle, or become impertinent. Some folks act as if they are responsible for looking after everybody. Pp. 400-401: “They must see everything that is out of order and make suggestions here, and give advice there, and make inquiry yonder. They run from one to another, with incessant clatter, offering advice which is cheap...
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Luke 6:27-38

Last week, I began the argument that Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain (Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount), is an invitation to understanding one’s identity as a disciple based on connection with Jesus. In verses 17-26, Jesus talks about being blessed when we are transformed—and thereby have our life situations transformed—by this connection,…

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John 20:1-18

A friend of mine who is a true believer in the Gospel once confessed to me that Easter services can be a little hard on him.  There’s just something about all that exuberance, all that blaring brass, all those bright lights and white lilies that combine to go sufficiently over the top in ways he…

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Luke 6:27-38

If you are a preacher who likes to highlight the fact that Jesus was always friendliest toward the very same “sinners” that were shunned by the religious authorities of his day, then it can be a little disconcerting to hear Jesus in this passage use the word “sinners” in what sounds like a pejorative way. …

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