Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sibling Rivalry

August 30, 2015, The Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr. preaching

There was a social scientist named Rene Girard who was interested in human violence. He developed a theory called Mimetic desire, which is defined this way: “What you have, I want, because you have it.” A strong variant of this is sibling rivalry, which brings us back to our story today. The two sons of Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Esau, are locked in Mimetic desire. Read more

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Blood and the Power of God

August 23, 2015, The Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr., preaching

Blood is sort of an uncomfortable topic. It makes us wiggle in our seats, but the reality is that in the church blood is an underlying theme that runs through our worship. We talk about the body and blood of Christ. So today I’d like to do some teaching on the blood, and the mighty men of David are a good place to start; they give some Jewish context. Read more

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