Lost in the Supermarket overwhelm

I place a high value on faith.

My faith provides a framework for understanding life's challenges and finding meaning in my experiences. It helps me align my values with my behaviors, encourages self-reflection, personal accountability, and self-improvement. I think of my faith like a compass...

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Have We Chosen Superficiality overwhelm

I distinctly remember the moment when I understood that social media was good for my life. I was staring at an image of Egyptian Christians holding hands in a circle and facing outward. Behind them, in the center, were Egyptian Muslims praying. Together, they were occupying Tahir Square and...

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Dropping the Mask overwhelm

“I try to bring my authentic self and be vulnerable, but how do we find other people who are willing to drop the mask?”

I stared at this short, wonderful email for longer than I’d care to admit, partly, if I am honest, because I wanted to offer this person a solution. My ego...

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Who Are My People? overwhelm

Last week, I ended my letter to you by saying that community is the solution to the “new normal,” i.e., the overwhelmed modern life. 

And I stand by that statement. 

Not only have studies shown that social connections improve our mental health, reduce our symptoms of anxiety...

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You Are Not Alone overwhelm

Last week, I shared a story about a congregant who was upset with my Easter sermon. Their letter began by explaining why they thought the content was inappropriate for children, but in the second half, they spoke about the anxiety they felt while listening to my more recent sermons. I took their...

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One Email Made Me Rethink My Sermons overwhelm

Near the end of April, I received an email from a congregant of the church I now serve expressing discomfort with my Easter sermon. A month had passed, but they were still thinking about my message. Not in a good way. On the surface, they were upset with the content and did not feel it was...

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