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Beauty and Goodness in the Texas Hill Country

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It is an amazing thing to be in the presence of beauty. I am no expert on the subject, but I know that when I am in its presence, I am changed by it…Recently, while at Laity Lodge in the Texas Hill Country, I had an encounter with one such form of beauty… more >

In Control or In Relationship?

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Control. Whenever I ask patients what they are afraid of most, in whatever situation we happen to be exploring, the answer that is frequently forthcoming is, “I’m afraid of losing control.” My next question is, understandably, “Control of what?” That question often takes people aback, as they have not often thought about what exactly it is of which they fear losing control in the first place. Their car? Their body? Their emotions? Their destiny? And if you lost control, what exactly would that look like…? more >

When Bad Things Happen to Good News

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I recently preached a sermon on the 14th chapter of Acts. In this passage we read of Paul and Barnabas preaching the “good news,” followed by being run out of town and a near-death stoning (we don’t see that that much anymore in our part of Virginia, thank goodness). And I wondered, if the news about Jesus is so good, why do so many bad things happen when it is proclaimed? more >

Shouldering the Load

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In a recent Washington Post article, Lenny Bernstein reports on a study released in the science journal Nature that describes the evolutionary development of the human shoulder. But what has that to do with the brain…? more >

Addicted to Anticipation

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Many of us know what it is like to intentionally put off a small pleasure for a short while so as to have the experience of joyful anticipation. Little did I realize how much danger lurks in that very behavior… more >

Dying To Tell The Truth

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Two weeks ago I preached a sermon on the text from the book of Acts, chapter 5. It’s the story of Ananias and his wife Sapphira…Frankly, this is not the kind of Bible story I like to read, much less preach about…I don’t like stories where people end up dead in love’s wake… more >

God of the Gaps

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There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain. But what I find interesting is that despite how much life exists within each neuron, none of this means much without what happens between neurons… more >

Terror at 35,000 (okay, 35) Feet

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There I was, perched almost at the top of the pole. Having climbed rather effortlessly thus far, I was now confronted with my most difficult task: to move “just” another couple of feet from where I was, to stand fully upright on a small wooden platform approximately two feet long and one foot wide… more >

Yahoo! and the Mind

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Marissa Mayer, the CEO at Yahoo!, recently made a decision that has people talking. She announced that, beginning in June, all Yahoo! employees must report to their Yahoo! campus instead of telecommuting. Her reason? Her belief that greater creativity emerges from face-to-face encounters….I wonder if Ms. Mayer has considered the following in the course of her decision…. more >

Third Place–Not So Bad

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It is significant that we humans desire so strongly to connect, to feel familiar and safe—to be known, as it were, even if that is translated via a barista smiling, asking, “Would you like your usual?” This longing, emerging from systems in the brain, begins at birth, when newborns come into the world… more >