Pastoral Series - Enough!

Enough! Thankful for…?

What are we thankful for? Back in 2003, during my first year as pastor of Myers Park, it fell to me to speak at our community Thanksgiving service. I didn’t think up anything especially brilliant. But I stumbled upon some immense wisdom from three people wiser than myself regarding what to be thankful for. Emily…

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Enough! God’s Companions

Moving toward Thanksgiving, I’m not much interested, personally, in gratitude for things. People – yes. And especially the people who help me to grow closer to God. They are many. They even include difficult, prickly people, as they press me to discover the truth about myself: am I generous and kind? or defensive and judgmental?…

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Enough! Letting Go

For months now, we’ve been looking at Enough! How much is Enough? When do we say Enough! Am I Enough? The closer we get to the heart of God, the more we realize it’s all about letting go, and that we can let go, and that it’s liberating and joyful to let go – to…

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Enough! Christian Economics?

When I think of questions like How much is Enough? or Is there Enough? I think of one of my heroes. Prof. Charlie Ratliff taught Economics at Davidson for decades. Former students rave about how inspiring he could be. I knew him to be a stellar church member, friend, and community servant. His approach to…

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Enough! – Vanity of vanities

   People who’ve opened the Bible here or there might suffer from the illusion that it’s all cross-stitchable, quotable, uplifting. But here is no mood the Bible doesn’t know – and Ecclesiastes is the parade example of the amazing truth that God gave us the Bible to embrace all of human life in God’s loving,…

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Enough! – Blood and Tears

  This week, back in 1995, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by an extremist – a fellow Israeli. And why? Rabin waged a long, steady and diligent campaign for peace. He met with Yasser Arafat, chairman of the PLO (and, I always thought, a Ringo Starr lookalike…), in Washington, DC; these two adversaries forged a historic declaration…

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Enough! – the Time is Now

   Near the end of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory, an old man, noted for drinking whisky and a string of failures, is nearing death. His lament? “What an impossible fellow I am, and how useless. I have done nothing for anybody. I might just as well have never lived.” Greene’s haunting verdict…

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Enough! – RAV!

   Yesterday. All Saints. Maybe my favorite Sunday service of the year. Kind of an Easter in Autumn – but less trivialized. We sing, ponder Scripture, and light a candle for those in our church family who’ve died since last All Saints. And of course, in the privacy of our hearts, remember others we’ve loved…

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Enough! – Cultivating a Healthy Poverty

Back on September 15, I preached a fun sermon about the “lost coin” – and repeated this terrific story Annie Dillard tells about being a child of 6 or 7 in Pittsburgh: “I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. I would cradle it at…

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Enough! the Virtues of Dissatisfaction

   Mick Jagger articulated the mood of an entire generation when he belted out, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction… I tried, and I tried, and I tried…” What’s curious, if you step back and ponder it for a moment, is that we modern people believe it’s all about satisfaction. If I have a desire, it…

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