Promise and Demand

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for March 12, 2017

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Dear Folks -

At the beginning of my talk, because it was the first day of Daylight Saving Time, I mentioned a news story I had read about the origin of DST. If you are interested, you can find it under the “resources menu” on the Ordinary Life website.

Every meaningful aspect of life involves a combination of both promise and demand. If, for example, one wants the promise of being able to play a musical instrument well, the demand is hours of practice. If we want the promise of leaving good memories about our lives with those close to us, the demand is that we pay attention to matters like living with integrity.

There is something out of whack about people who claim to be “religious” and yet creating and contributing to a culture where there is so much anger, fear and divisiveness. What can be done about this? In this talk I suggest a religious/spiritual “repeal and replace.” Let repeal much that passes for “Christianity” and replace it with values closer to those actually taught by Jesus.

In the process of talking about this I share the eulogy that went viral about a man whose family was glad to get rid of him and I also briefly give an overview of Jim Fowler’s stages of faith development. Used wisely, I believe an understanding and practice of this can go a long way to creating a less divisive society.

As is often the case, the audio version is different from the actual text from which I spoke. You can read the text, find the audio version and the presentation slides using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

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