Ducks and Swans

theeffect · Ducks And Swans Dave Brisbin 8.14.22Most of us have heard the phrase, “ugly duckling,” but most of us no longer know the story from which it comes. We may think it refers to a face only a mother could love, but The Ugly Duckling was a Hans Christian...

Sacred Routine

theeffect · Sacred Routine Dave Brisbin 8.7.22What’s your first reaction to the words religious ritual? Positive? Negative? Typically, it’s a one-two punch of negatives: religion and ritual—both of which many people now denigrate, ridicule, as empty, meaningless, even...

Soak!

friday | august 12 | 6:30 PM |@theeffect Soak: worship gathering It’s been too long time since our last one, so come join us Friday evening, August 12 starting at 6:30PM with a potluck dinner to have time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, then...

The Rite Rituals

theeffect · The Rite Rituals Dave Brisbin 7.31.22I was recently asked why we don’t do altar calls at our church. It’s not that we don’t do them, but we don’t do them publicly. As de facto sacraments, altar calls have become every Sunday rituals at many Evangelical...

Every Moment, Every Person

theeffect · Every Moment, Every Person Dave Brisbin 7.24.22A dear friend and colleague suddenly diagnosed with stage four cancer brings everything to a halt. Not just in her life, but in ours as well—at least for a time. And when we start breathing again, I know what...

Questions as Answers

theeffect · Questions As Answers Dave Brisbin 7.17.22We are fixated on answers. Our collective intolerance of uncertainty feeds a deep need to find absolute answers to all our questions, to be right while pointing out those who are wrong, to pretend that life can be...

The Feel of Freedom

theeffect · The Feel Of Freedom Dave Brisbin 7.10.22What is the goal of our spiritual journeys? How would you answer for yours? Peace, love, enlightenment, wisdom, salvation? It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been clearer about Jesus’ answer to the question: that...

Unalienable Right

theeffect · Unalienable Right Dave Brisbin 7.3.22The 4th of July comes round again at a time when faith in our country has been deeply shaken. We are questioning our most enduring institutions right down to the Constitution and Founding Fathers’ motives and wisdom,...

Sweet Emotion

theeffect · Sweet Emotion Dave Brisbin 6.26.22If you’re serious about following a spiritual path, you have two major roadblocks to overcome: your mind and your body. Your mind, storehouse for the dualism of your egoic consciousness, constantly talks to you—comparing,...

Father Overflowing

theeffect · Father Overflowing Dave Brisbin 6.19.22Physical survival depends on how well we manage and compete for finite resources, a zero sum situation in which there’s only so much oil in the ground, and our share always comes out of someone else’s. Winners and...

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