By Ryan Dunn
Most of us have done it: We’ve played host to our own pity parties. Instead of cake cutting, candle blowing, or present sharing, the featured activity of a pity party is comparison. At our pity parties we like to take note of what’s wrong in our own lives in comparison to what’s right in everyone else’s.
By Rev. Stella Burkhalter
We have this old-fashioned portrait of Jesus in my church lobby. I think most of the younger people in church would prefer a different depiction – certainly one where Jesus looks more Middle Eastern and less blonde. But it’s more than that. Jesus has this serene look that feels completely disconnected and out of touch with what’s going on the world today.