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An Evolving Faith An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt Wednesday, June 2, 2021 In my mind, one of the markers of an evolving faith is an ability to integrate doubt—to hold the tension between what we’ve been taught and what we’ve come to know as true. When grounded in an experience of Love, doubt does not… Continue Reading An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt
Ways of Knowing Coexistence: Beliefs and Experience Monday, October 14, 2019 We cannot know God only by thinking thoughts. Unfortunately, for much of Christianity, faith largely became believing statements to be true or false (intellectual assent) instead of giving people concrete practices so they could themselves know how to open up (faith), hold on (hope),… Continue Reading Coexistence: Beliefs and Experience
Following Jesus Take Up Your Cross Friday, January 25, 2019 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” —Matthew 16:24 What does it mean to follow Jesus? I believe that we are invited to gaze upon the image of the crucified… Continue Reading Take Up Your Cross
Following Jesus The Creeds Wednesday, January 23, 2019 . . . Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, . . . —The Apostles’ Creed If you worship in one of the liturgical Christian traditions, you probably know the opening words of the Apostles’ Creed by heart: I believe in God, the Father Almighty,… Continue Reading The Creeds
Following Jesus Belief or Discipleship? Tuesday, January 22, 2019 I often say that we do not think ourselves into a new way of living, but we live ourselves into a new way of thinking. I’m not suggesting that theory and theology are unimportant; but I believe that faith is more about how we live on… Continue Reading Belief or Discipleship?
Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Putting on the Mind of Christ Monday, January 14, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. A well-known Southern Baptist theologian quips that the whole of his Sunday school training could be summed up in one sentence (delivered with a broad Texas drawl):… Continue Reading Putting on the Mind of Christ
Faith and Belief A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life? Sunday, July 16, 2017 The terms belief and faith are often used synonymously. Yet they are very different. As David Benner says, “Belief is conviction of the trustworthiness of a proposition. . . . Faith, on the other hand, can never be reduced… Continue Reading A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life?
Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Summary: Sunday, July 9-Friday, July 14, 2017 Contemplation is the most radical form of self-surrender and kenosis (letting go). Self-forgetfulness ironically leads to a firm and fearless sense of responsibility. (Sunday) “To be fully human is to be recreated in the image of Christ’s humanity; and that humanity is the… Continue Reading Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation: Weekly Summary
Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Thy Kingdom Come Sunday, July 2, 2017 Shane Claiborne is a young friend of mine and a living example of the integration of action and contemplation. Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities… Continue Reading Thy Kingdom Come
The Wisdom Jesus Right Practice Monday, April 10, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. A well-known Southern Baptist theologian quips that the whole of his Sunday school training could be summed up in one sentence (delivered with a broad Texas drawl): “Jesus is nice, and… Continue Reading Right Practice