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Assertiveness: It's Not What You Think

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Posted by Jeanne Robertson on

Assertiveness gets a bad rap because many think it is aggressive or confrontational. It’s neither. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. In our Baptismal Covenant (p. 305, BCP), we are asked if we will strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity ...

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Tags: assertiveness, counseling, relationships

Tips for Navigating Holiday Expectations

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Posted by Jeanne Robertson on

The holidays are coming and they’re filled with expectations. We’re in a time when we’re supposed to be expecting the baby Jesus. What other expectations do we have that can get in the way of that purer focus? Manage Organizational Expectations: set realistic goals, pace ...

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Tags: expectations, holiday, relationships

Confronting Religious Violence

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

Our St. Paul's Men's eBook Club just finished reading Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Rabbi Sacks served for many years as the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in Britain. The topic is very timely as people around ...

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Tags: religion, violence

"The Most Owned Least Read Book in History" Part 2

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

In the last post we looked at how the Bible is important to people, yet not important enough, it seems, to engage with it regularly. Why is this? Is it because people find the Bible intimidating and hard to understand? Is it merely about time? Is it because we don't know where to begin and need ...

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Tags: bible, reading

"The Most Owned, Least Read Book in History" Part 1

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

Someone (I cannot recall who) once called the Bible "the most owned, least read book in history." That seems still to be the case according to this article that I ran across today.  The article reminds me of an encounter I once had with a woman. She was lecturing me because ...

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Tags: bible, scripture

Covenant House and the City's Adult Live Entertainment Venues

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

Over the past two years I have become more involved with supporting Covenant House on Rampart St. here in New Orleans. Covenant House helps homeless and at risk youth in our area, and they do an amazing job.  In January of this year, Covenant House representatives and supporters were ...

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Tags: clubs, covenant house, quarter

Expanding our Hearts and Minds

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

This week we wrapped up our four-part series "Understanding Islam." One of our participants wrote me this wonderful email: Thanks so very much for all you did to provide the 4 part Islam class opportunity. I feel so much more knowledgeable about Islam and more open regarding Muslims. It ...

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Tags: bigotry, islam, racism

It's All Relative

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

Are you a liberal? A conservative? The truth is it's all relative.

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Tags: conservative, liberal, relative

Reconciliation and the Confederate Monuments

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

Yesterday, I had the privledge of participating in the invitation-only discussions about the confederate mouments in our city. According to NOLA.com, around 600 invitations were issued, and 115 took the mayor up on the offer. I'm extremely glad that I did because I believe having this discussion ...

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Tags: monuments, new orleans, race

The Gospel Detective

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Posted by Rob Courtney on

I can't stop watching True Detective on HBO, even though season two is not offering nearly the treat that season one with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson did. Yet, it is full of substance, thought provoking themes, and, yes, even doses of the gospel, if you're a detective of ...

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Tags: pop culture, tv, true detective

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