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I Have Said Enough About Moonlight

September 3, 2020

I Have Said Enough About Moonlight Michael Jinkins Ryonen’s story ranks among the most extraordinary in the history of devotion. I first heard it many years ago. Her story haunts me with visitations from the loviest spirit you can imagine. Her story is told in the well-known book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of […]

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Seeing Things

August 27, 2020

Seeing Things Michael Jinkins Most of us ministers like to please people. We like to be liked. As my old friend, Ted Wardlaw says, in our more extreme forms, ministers are just “quivering masses of availability” afraid to risk making anyone unhappy. Thus it wasn’t entirely a surprise when a minister friend, a few years […]

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Managing Expectations

August 21, 2020

Managing Expectations Michael Jinkins   A couple of months ago there was a really funny little article in The Economist about unrealistic expectations. It seems that many French city folks have an idealistic vision of country life, “the land,” and “a bucolic existence in la France profonde,” according to the article. Although three quarters of […]

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How to Argue

August 13, 2020

How to Argue Michael Jinkins   This may sound strange to say in this polarized age, but people have forgotten how to argue. In fact, they’ve forgotten what an argument is. An argument is the expression of a viewpoint based on evidence. It is not mere assertion. It requires the garnering of facts and the […]

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One Conscience is Not Enough

August 6, 2020

One Conscience is Not Enough Michael Jinkins   Georgia’s legendary Representative to the U. S. House recently died. He was a man worthy to be lionized. “The most Christ-like person I ever knew,” said one of his Congressional colleagues. There’s never been a time in my adult life that I haven’t known about John Lewis. […]

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The Inner Citadel, Part Two

July 30, 2020

Last week I wrote a short essay in praise of equanimity, the quality of mind that is unruffled by external conditions. As I’m sure you noticed, however, the essay begged at least two important questions: Why does this quality of mind matter? And how can it be achieved and maintained? I’d like to address these […]

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The Inner Citadel, Part One

July 9, 2020

Montaigne was despised by both sides during the wars of religion between Protestants and Catholics that ravaged France from 1562-1598, writes historian Robert Zaretsky in an essay (June 29, 2020) for the NYT. He was known in his time as a politique: Someone who “for the sake of all tries to find common ground in […]

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The Dance

June 25, 2020

please note: We will be taking the month of July off from posting regular blog posts. Blog Posts will resume again in August. The Dance Michael Jinkins   1. Two storks weave between the clouds I have no idea how high above this garden. In Two Three time they waltz, spin, circling one another to […]

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Unfinished Business of the Heart

June 18, 2020

Unfinished Business of the Heart Michael Jinkins   Some say that people first came up with the idea of heaven because there are so many things we can’t get resolved on earth. The psalmist struggles with this fact, in one place, praising God for always taking care of the faithful, and in another place, lamenting […]

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The Recovery of the Person

June 11, 2020

The Recovery of the Person Michael Jinkins Several weeks ago I preached on the text Micah 6:1-8. A number of you have continued the conversation we began in that sermon. So, I thought I would toss a few more things into the pot for us to stew on. As I mentioned in the sermon, there’s […]

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