Dear Folks -
A great deal of religion and spiritual in the Western world has been contaminated with notions of "greatness" and/or "success" as defined by Western culture. Real religion is about neither of these. Real religion is about hope and love.
Jesus told a parable about a tiny grain of mustard seed that was planted and grew into a bush that gave shelter to the birds. In this Ordinary Life talk I contend that this is likely the most misunderstood and misinterpreted parable of Jesus. What, in essence, the parable really says is that the values Jesus planted are more like a pesky weed that does have some medicinal value. I amplify on this thesis in the talk that follows. I also tell the true story of Ishi who decided to live his life reacting to things more out of curiosity than fear.
This is a summary of the talk I gave in Ordinary Life this week. The full text, audio, and presentation slides follow.