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"The Islamic Jesus": Reflection 1

Posted by Rob Courtney on

Reflection 1: Ch. 1-3 of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims   In June, I will make my fourth pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I can't wait to return to one of my favorite sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem...

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Tags: ebook study, mustafa akyol, the islamic jesus

"The Islamic Jesus": Introduction

Posted by Rob Courtney on

November eBook Study: The Islamic Jesus Welcome to our study of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. Our study officially begins this week. I hope the flexibility of reading at your own pace and chewing on the weekly reflections is...

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Tags: the islamic jesus, mustafa akyol, ebook study

Assisting Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Posted by Rob Courtney on

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...

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Tags: harvey, relief, texas

Living the Rule

Posted by Ricky Biven on

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...

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Tags: rule of life, t1d, bike beyond

Assertiveness: It's Not What You Think

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...

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Tags: assertiveness, counseling, relationships

Tips for Navigating Holiday Expectations

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

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

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

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

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

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