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Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 21, 2017

Tradition: Weekly Summary

Tradition Summary: Sunday, January 15-Friday, January 20, 2017 If it is true, then it has to be true everywhere. (Sunday) When prayer is authentic, it will always lead to actions of mercy; when actions of mercy are attempted at any depth, they will always drive you to prayer. (Monday) Much of history has been recorded… Continue Reading Tradition: Weekly Summary

January 20, 2017

Returning to Enduring Wisdom

Tradition Returning to Enduring Wisdom Friday, January 20, 2017 Today in the United States we inaugurate a new president. While I pray President Trump leads with wisdom, compassion, and justice, we cannot simply sit back and watch whatever unfolds. We the people have a tremendous responsibility to work together, to speak truth to power, to… Continue Reading Returning to Enduring Wisdom

January 19, 2017

Contemplative Christianity Is the Great Tradition

Tradition Contemplative Christianity Is the Great Tradition Thursday, January 19, 2017 I believe the teaching of contemplation is absolutely key to rebuilding Christianity, otherwise our very style of “knowing” is off base and everything that follows is skewed. Our untransformed brains are hardwired to focus on the negative and to dualistically label and divide, it… Continue Reading Contemplative Christianity Is the Great Tradition

January 18, 2017

Wolf in the Henhouse

Tradition Wolf in the Henhouse Wednesday, January 18, 2017 The word catholic comes from the Greek kata (meaning “through” or “throughout”) and holos (meaning “whole”). This word was originally used by Ignatius of Antioch as early as the year 100 to precisely include all Christians, and it is a shame that it later was used… Continue Reading Wolf in the Henhouse

January 17, 2017

Bias from the Bottom

Tradition Bias from the Bottom Tuesday, January 17, 2017 The vast majority of people throughout history has been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have experienced history in terms of a need for change. The people who wrote the books and controlled the social institutions, however, have almost… Continue Reading Bias from the Bottom

January 16, 2017

The Liberation Tradition

Tradition The Liberation Tradition Monday, January 16, 2017 I would like to assert that the theme of liberation is the largest frame in which to understand spirituality. The term liberation theology has a negative connotation for some people. It sounds like something heretical, leftist, or Marxist, and certainly not biblical. In real fact, it is… Continue Reading The Liberation Tradition

January 15, 2017

Perennial Wisdom

Tradition Perennial Wisdom Sunday, January 15, 2017 I don’t believe that God expects all human beings to start from zero and to reinvent the wheel of life in their own small lifetimes. We must build on the common “communion of saints” throughout the ages. This is the inherited fruit and gift, which is sometimes called… Continue Reading Perennial Wisdom

January 14, 2017

Scripture: Weekly Summary

Scripture Summary: Sunday, January 8-Friday, January 13, 2017 Scripture as validated by experience and experience as validated by Tradition are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview. (Sunday) The Bible is the best book in the world and the worst book in the world. It is the worst when it is used for bullying and self-justification;… Continue Reading Scripture: Weekly Summary

January 13, 2017

God Is in the Ordinary

Scripture God Is in the Ordinary Friday, January 13, 2017 One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life. Our experiences of ordinary life will transform us if we are willing to experience them… Continue Reading God Is in the Ordinary

January 12, 2017

Humility and Presence

Scripture Humility and Presence Thursday, January 12, 2017 Historically, most people naturally presumed that they would come to God by finding unique spiritual locations, precise rituals, special priests or shamans, or unique sacred words. Our correct behavior or morality around these manifestations would bring us to God or God to us. The majority of us… Continue Reading Humility and Presence

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