Tag Archives: listen

Are We Ready?

  In Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, (The Sermon on the Plain, Luke 6:17-52), he records Jesus telling us to love our enemies and pray for them. He writes of Jesus instructing us to refrain from judging or condemning others. He recounts Jesus reminding us to look at the logs in our […]

Words Matter

“Let the person who has ears listen!” Then he added, “Take care what you listen to. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.” (Mark 4:23-24) As we move forward to the end of the year, we have some choices to make about the words we say […]

Listening to Each Other

Ted Talk by Anand Giridharadas


  “Remember, before you speak, it is necessary to listen,” Mother Theresa Arguments. Gossip. Hostility. Name-calling. Contempt. All this occurs in an atmosphere of wanting to be right, of not listening, of refusing to be slow enough to speak in order that we hear and learn. This kind of talking does nothing but stroke our […]

Listen, Hear and Experience

From one CSF (Church Set Free) member to another to me, thinking on Jesus, meditating on Scripture, I picked up on one that swirled around in one member’s head and a comment someone else made: “To ‘hear’ was to ‘believe’ and to ‘believe’ was to ‘experience.’ This is how community spreads wisdom and support and […]

Sermon on the Mount

“He sat down and his disciples came to him.” Matthew 5:1 As Christians, and certainly as followers of Jesus, most of us are familiar with the first public sermon of Jesus. Identified in the book of Matthew as the Sermon on the Mount and in the book of Luke as the Sermon on the Plain, […]

Heart Condition

9/11 I prayed about whether to add to the voices who would be writing today. It initially seemed to me today should be about honoring the memories of lost loved ones; so many lost loved ones. And honoring the true heroes – the New York firefighters and other first responders who walked toward the tragedy […]