Posted by Rob Courtney on August 31, 2017
Our hearts and prayers go out to those in Texas and Southeast Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. We South Louisiana residents certainly know how people in those devastated areas are feeling right now. We weep with them, and at the same time experience our own painful remembering of how the...
Tags: harvey, relief, texas
Posted by Ricky Biven on June 28, 2017
St. Paul’s Rule of Life:
Growing in relationships, growing in service, and growing in Christ.
I will not lie, I have come to church and recited this statement more times than I can count. As I recite it, I always think the statement is great, but I honestly have not truly envisioned the...
Tags: rule of life, t1d, bike beyond
Posted by Jeanne Robertson on February 23, 2017
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...
Tags: assertiveness, counseling, relationships
Posted by Jeanne Robertson on November 23, 2016
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...
Tags: expectations, holiday, relationships
Posted by Rob Courtney on October 11, 2016
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...
Tags: religion, violence
Posted by Rob Courtney on September 14, 2016
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...
Tags: bible, reading
Posted by Rob Courtney on September 09, 2016
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...
Tags: bible, scripture
Posted by Rob Courtney on April 13, 2016
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...
Tags: clubs, covenant house, quarter
Posted by Rob Courtney on February 05, 2016
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...
Tags: bigotry, islam, racism
Posted by Rob Courtney on August 17, 2015
Are you a liberal? A conservative? The truth is it's all relative.
Tags: conservative, liberal, relative