Christine Pohl: Gratitude-Antidote to Spiritual Pornography

It is easy to become dissatisfied with what we have by wanting more good things like success, excellence, and growth in ministry. Such dissatisfaction can lead to creating a mental fantasy of a perfect place or people and not recognizing the good all around. This clip is from Dr. Christine Pohl’s session on Gratitude in the seminar “Cultivating Community and Worship: Practices that Define and Sustain Us” at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in June 2016.

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Overview: Karl Barth wrote that if the essence of God is grace, then the essence of human beings as God’s people is our gratitude. Gratitude belongs at the center of our worship and also at the center of our life together. Communities that practice gratitude are life-giving and beautiful, but the practice of gratitude is often overlooked or squeezed out by other concerns.

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Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.