One young lady, Shelia, who was interviewed for Dr. Robert Bellah’s book, Habits of the Heart, said, “I believe in God. I just can’t remember the last time I went to church. But my faith has carried me a long way. It’s ‘sheilaism. ’ Just my own little voice.’” Continue reading
Category Archives: Values
I’ve been watching some of the Republican National Convention this week. I noticed, not too surprisingly, most of the speakers in one way or another advocate the importance of values.
We’ve heard about values of honor. Honesty. Hard Work. Integrity. Truthfulness. Law and Order. Respect. And, of course, Republican values. Continue reading
What are your core values? To help you think about it, here’s a illustration developed by James Newman in Releasing You Brakes!
Suppose I come to your house with a 120’ I-beam and lay it across your front yard. When you come out, I wave a $100 bill and say if you can cross from one end to the other in less than 2 minutes, I’ll give you the $100. Would you do it? Why not? What have you got to lose? Continue reading
Nick Cassavetes, director of the popular romance movie ‘The Notebook,” was at the Toronto Film Festival last week promoting a new film, “Yellow.” The lead character, Mary, visits her brother in prison and soon the two are engaged in an incestuous relationship. Continue reading
As I stood in line today at a Kansas City Chick-fil-A, I thought about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s criticism of Dan Cathy and the fast food chain’s values “are not Chicago values.” It took about 25 minutes to get inside the store. And maybe another 10-15 to get my food. So, I had time to observe. Here’s what I saw. Continue reading
The Mountain Message of Matthew 5-7 was called by one writer, “The Radical Teachings of Jesus.” One radical exhortation in found in Matthew 6:19-21. This is a difficult passage. Not to understand, but to apply. Continue reading
A man walked into a convenience store, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving his $20 bill on the counter. Continue reading