Posts by John Espy

When is Hospitality Hospitality?

Posted By on Sep 26, 2018

by John Espy Last Sunday my friend and I had a conversation about hospitality.  At one point I had made the statement that the current trend to resist and restrict immigration was inhospitable, that our country had a history of resisting immigration at times as with the Irish, Chinese and Japanese but that in the end, the country was always better off, that immigrants had a positive impact on the country. I felt that, as a country, we...

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My Body, My Selves

Posted By on Sep 20, 2018

by John Espy One of the benefits of practicing our faith is to make ourselves more aware of the wonders of creation. I recently started a practice of fasting two days a week. One motivation for doing this is for the health benefits that have been reported recently in the news, but I am also doing it as a spiritual practice to help me connect my mind to my body. A few months ago I wrote a blog entry, “Caring for the Stranger”, the...

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

Posted By on Sep 13, 2018

by John Espy This week at VHUMC we began a series on the book, Practicing our Faith edited by Dorothy C. Bass. What does it mean to practice our faith? If we consider “practice” as a customary activity, it is (generally speaking) our practice to eat three meals a day; it is a practice for (most?, some?, a few?) Christians to go to church on Sunday.  If we consider “practice” as a means of learning and developing a skill, one must...

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The Gifts of Friends

Posted By on Jun 10, 2018

Tish Warren’s topic this week is “Calling a Friend.”  Just now I was listening to a panel discussion on NPR about the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.  When asked about the causes for the 30% increase in suicides from 1996 to 2016, Dr. Nadine Kaslow, former president of the American Psychological Assn. said: …things have become less personal. Our communities have become less tight-knit, and it’s much more...

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40 Years, Stuck in Traffic

Posted By on Jun 3, 2018

A few months after my beloved grandfather died in 1975 I had a dream where I saw Jesus. I spent the next several years looking for people with whom I could explore my dream.  What I encountered was one of two reactions: people either nodded, said “Uh huh” and slowly backed away, or they got excited and proceed to tell me that I had met the real, literal Jesus and told me I had to accept him as my personal saviour to insure my...

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