Religion and spirituality–Christian faith–can be a life-giving source. But it can also be very limiting and even toxic when love is removed from the equation. Throughout the month of August, we’ll discuss how religion can sometimes take a turn for the worse and what we can do to live–and love–like Jesus.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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Corresponding Scripture:  St. Luke 18:9-14 

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

August 23, 2020: Recovering Pharisees (Livestream)