Charity 5: “There’s Just No Time!”

Anyone alive in our society today recognizes that time has become a precious commodity. We hear all the spiritual injunctions to care for others, and we would like to–really we would! But when?! In this lesson we talk about some of the pressure that drives us like this, and some simple steps to help us […]

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Charity 4: The Cult of Individualism

If we would experience experience this crown jewel of all the virtues… If we would take up the mandate before our generation; restitching the torn fabric of community… …then it will be necessary for us to see–and step back from–the deleterious effects of the cult of individualism. Have a listen, we’ll talk this over, Doug […]

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The last two weeks we spoke of the comprehensive nature of the virtue of charity. Today we turn to a pressing need in our society. Factors have been at work for some time now that tear community apart. We see it in corporations and congress, but it begins in homes, schools, churches, and jobsites. We’ll […]

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Charity 2: More On the Word’s Lost Meaning

This is the second week in a lesson on the ancient virtue of charity. Today, before we start to apply the virtue to our lives and community, we continue broadening our understanding of the texture of this “crown jewel of the virtue curriculum”. Have a listen, Doug  

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The meaning of the word “charity” has undergone a big change in the last 500 years. It has been reduced to doing good things for those in need. It is a much deeper virtue than that. It is, in fact, the deepest of the virtues, the greatest of the virtues.  In this lesson we begin […]

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Chastity and Avarice (8) Wed. pm

Tonight we address a question submitted about sexual compatibility. I’ll make the scandalous statement that any time two people try and build a sexual life together, they almost always experience incompatibility. The point isn’t to make sure we’re sexually compatible before we enter the relationship. That is a fools errand. It doesn’t work. No. The […]

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Chastity and Avarice (7) Sun. am

As we’ve seen, what we do with our genitals has far-reaching implications. It shapes. Sexuality is that deep a part of us. How we handle our sexual energies, how we make our sexual choices…  impacts even the fabric of the society we are creating for ourselves. And the ancient virtue, chastity, speaks to the wisdom […]

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Chastity and Avarice (5) Sun. am

So, this may be a bit of a rant.  I’m not sure.  I am posting this before I actually deliver the lesson.  As I’m writing my notes for tomorrow, I’m working really hard not to make it so, but I got a little worked up this week.  I had three experiences, all of which touch […]

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Chastity and Avarice (4) Wed. pm

Tonight we look at how our culture is masculinizing sexuality and teaching our young women to disregard their own sexuality.  We look at how our lack of wisdom (chastity) is damaging the feminist movement, and women in general.

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Chastity and Avarice (3) Sun. am

Since as a society, we’ve lost our bearings, have devalued chastity and venerated avarice, today we look at some of the wisdom of our forebears that we’ve lost along the way.  How do we handle our sexual and erotic desires in ways that works to make our pair-bonds stronger. Have a listen, Doug  

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Chastity and Avarice (2) Wed. pm

We continue on Wednesday evening, what we began last Sunday, a look at sexuality through the lens of the ancient virtue curriculum…  chastity and avarice. Tonight, we begin working through the questions I started gathering last month.  This week:  “My husband looks at porn.  I know it shouldn’t bother me.  He’s faithful to me.  But […]

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The Virtue Curriculum: Self-Control (7)

We turn now the the brain science behind the virtue of self-control.  I hesitate to even say some of the practical things we do to help ourselves in the steps we talked about last week. You’ve heard them before.  However, it may help you hear the science behind them. Have a listen, Doug  

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The Virtue Curriculum: Self-Control (6)

After several weeks of background and context, we turn now to the practicalities of self-control.  How is it we hammer out the kind of informed negotiation between our upper and lower brains we’ve been talking about? Let’s talk about what “renewing our minds” might mean. Have a listen, Doug  

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The Virtue Curriculum: Self-Control (5)

Some folks in our community grew up in the Christian Church.  Others didn’t but their view of God, sin, and salvation, have been profoundly influenced by common church instincts. Either way, we pick up some toxic ideas as the centuries roll past and from time to time need to revisit them and make mid-course corrections. […]

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The Virtue Curriculum: Self-Control (3)

We can’t really talk about self-control until we talk about self-awareness.  So much of our lives we live by instinct.  The lower brain is all about rote, but when we make the higher brain about rote as well…    we haven’t got a chance! Let’s talk about the self-awareness that makes self-control even possible. Have […]

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The Virtue Curriculum: Self-Control (2)

Today is part 2 of a lesson on self-control because I (Doug) need more of it! A man (or a woman) without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls (Proverbs 25:28) The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there […]

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