A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
Many people are concerned about the breakdown in civil discourse in society, the way we speak about each other in our public and political life. In his message, Sticks and Stones, Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, explores the power of words to hurt or to heal.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Long is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are homiletical theory and biblical preaching. He also writes for The Christian Century and The Journal of Preachers and is a popular preacher in pulpits around the world.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program was first broadcast in October 2011.
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Karyn Kedar - Reflection on Humility - Eyes
The Jewish mystic, Moshe Cordovoro, said there are eight ways to practice humility, each corresponding to a place on the body. One way is with the eyes. “Do not close your eyes to the suffering of the poor,” he wrote. “Think as much as possible of their predicament. Look for the good.”
You know the man on the street, the one with the tattered clothes, and ratty bags asking for money? Do you see him? Even when you give him a dime or a dollar, do you look into his eyes and see him? The suffering of the poor is invisible to us. We need to see the weak, the lost, the hungry, the sick, those who are cast out, the vulnerable. The practice of humility correlates to the ability to see another’s pain with compassion. If this is so obvious, then why is it so hard?