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Oct 27, 2016

In this episode, Rev. Gibson touches on the absurd and frightening news that swirls around us and draws us into its darkness and anger as we draw closer to the national election. Her insights on this week's lessons look at a long-term, long-view perspective that will hopefully make our present context seem small and passing. From the Book of Joel to The Parable of the Pharisee vs. Tax Collector, Rev. Beverly F. Gibson and Johnny Gwin talk about humility, embracing disillusionment, seeing the "real" world and creating one-on-one relationships with God and your neighbors.

It is very easy in this season of posturing, self-promotion, and graceless speech to fall into the ways of thinking and speaking that we hear and read daily through the media and social contacts. This is spiritually toxic. Maybe it's a good idea to lose our illusions and open your mind and heart, find some light and hope and genuine truth may enter. Instead of wallowing in the darkness we should strive to be children of light.

{Editor's Note: Interview references the thoughts and writings of Parker Palmer (On Being Podcast) and David Brooks (The Power of the Dinner Table) :

Click to view Rev. Gibson's Worship Notes

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Weekly Readings:
Joel 2:23-32
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

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