Tag Archives: Bible

Identity and Desire

God as Us: Week 1 Identity and Desire Thursday, November 9, 2017 Another beautiful metaphor in the Bible used for God is that of a lover. The allure of a beloved pulls us out of self, into ekstasis (Greek for ecstasy). Unfortunately, the Church’s shaming of body and sex has shut down many people’s longing Read More »

Mother God

God as Us: Week 1 Mother God Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Why does it matter whether our image of God is masculine or feminine or even a non-binary gender? One reason is that it makes it easier for us to recognize the divine in us, whatever our gender. When we over-emphasize masculine traits of the Read More »

Sophia: Wisdom of God

God as Us: Week 1 Sophia: Wisdom of God Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Theologian Marcus Borg’s study of Scripture reveals many female metaphors for God. Here he shows how God’s wisdom was invariably presented as a woman: The most fully developed female biblical image for God is in the wisdom literature of ancient Israel—in Proverbs Read More »

Images of God

God as Us: Week Images of God Monday, November 6, 2017 In the image of God they were created, male and female God created them. —Genesis 1:27 We are sacred images or incarnations of God. Some might wonder if it’s appropriate to apply the term sacred to gender. What makes anything “sacred” anyway? When we Read More »

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; Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

All Language Is Metaphor

Scripture All Language Is Metaphor Wednesday, January 11, 2017 All language about God is necessarily symbolic and figurative. Actually all language is metaphorical. Words are never the thing itself; they can only point toward the thing, which is exactly why “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14). As James Finley, a CAC core faculty member, often Read More »

How Jesus Interpreted Scripture

Scripture How Jesus Interpreted Scripture Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Biblical messages often proceed from historical incidents, but the actual message does not depend upon communicating those events with perfect factual accuracy. Any good writer knows that! Spiritual writers are not primarily journalists. Hebrew rabbis and scholars sometimes used an approach called midrash in which they Read More »

Our Tricycle for Forward Movement

Scripture Our Tricycle for Forward Movement Monday, January 9, 2017 This meditation is longer than usual, but I think it will give us a solid foundation to build on in the year ahead. I want to state at the beginning the way I have formed my own pattern of interpreting Scripture. Then we can build Read More »

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