SBNR Daily 12-15-10: Running Free


God’s TV Show, Festivus in Jail, Inspiration or Insanity…

SBNR Daily 12-15-10: Running Free
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Today’s Teaching:


The first lesson in love is to begin to understand that love can only be known through its extension. This means that to know love, we must give it.

From: Take Me to Truth: Undoing the Ego
By Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira

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Today’s Meditation:


Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
~ Louis Pasteur

A showcase of Parkour and Free Running

Spirituality Posts:

1. Norris Burkes: What if God Had His Own Television Show?
“I sometimes wonder what it might be like if God had his own TV show. Would it be a talk show where he’d give away cars like Oprah? Or would it be a news magazine where he’d put politicians on the hot seat like “60 Minutes”?”

2. Stephen Goeman and Bruce Wang: Redefining America’s Religious Tradition
“A fundamental challenge is confronting America’s modern religiosity: a nation once considered primarily Christian, or at least Judeo-Christian, is getting a taste of secular values.”

3. Rabbi Alan Lurie: Can the Existence of God Ever Be Proven?
“Over the last several years, in the wake of 9/11, debates between religion and science — faith and reason — have become very popular and very combative…The two main topics of these debates are the nature of religion and the existence of God. It is crucial, though, that these two topics be examined separately.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Washington Post:
Mangers and ‘Star Wars’ Mingle in Displays on Loudoun Courthouse Grounds

“After a long and heated debate that began last year over the legality and management of religious displays on the courthouse’s public grounds, 10 holiday displays are on view this month: a Christmas tree, three manger scenes, five atheist displays and a mannequin arrangement featuring “the chosen one,” Luke Skywalker of “Star Wars.” “

2. The Huffington Post/AP:
Festivus in Jail: Inmate Gets Kosher Meals Due to Festivus Belief

” A Festivus for the rest of us? A convicted drug dealer in California thinks so. He cited his adherence to the holiday celebrated on a famous episode of “Seinfeld” to get better meals at the Orange County jail.”

3. The Salt Lake Tribune: The Line Between Inspiration and Insanity
“The main difference between a prophet and a psychopath, says Ralph Hood, who teaches psychology of religion at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, is whether or not [they] can get followers.”


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