The Gift of Shalom

Have you heard of "the trust molecule"? It's a hormone scientists have identified that is associated with calmness, security, and bond-building with those we love. The hormone is called oxytocin, and it is released when we experience touch and bonding with family, friends, and even new acquaintances. In other words, our brains are wired for…

Lessons from a Ferguson Nursing Home

I think I gave my first real sermon in Ferguson. I had given a "practice" one in a preaching class in college, but that doesn't count. It was for a grade, and delivered to a captive audience (other preaching students, who were also mostly concerned about their grade). Plus, I wore a lavender suit; I…