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Go Ahead, Do Something

The Sermon on the Mount Go Ahead, Do Something Wednesday, July 21, 2021 My fellow Albuquerque resident Megan McKenna is an author, storyteller, and theologian who challenges us to imitate Jesus. She writes of the importance of translation when it comes to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ words: The blessings and woes have so much… Continue Reading Go Ahead, Do Something

Preaching “On the Mount”

The Sermon on the Mount Preaching “On the Mount” Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Popular religious scholar and friend Diana Butler Bass shares how Jesus’ teaching “on the mount” placed him in the lineage of Moses and other revered Jewish prophets. Jesus builds on his own Jewish tradition to call his hearers to transformative living. She… Continue Reading Preaching “On the Mount”

Jesus’ Upside-Down World

The Sermon on the Mount Jesus’ Upside-Down World Monday, July 19, 2021 What is called the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (5:1–7:29) is called the Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel (6:20–49). What we call in Matthew the Eight Beatitudes, we call in Luke the Blessings and Woes (four of each). Today… Continue Reading Jesus’ Upside-Down World

Friendship and Grace: Weekly Summary

Friendship and Grace Saturday, April 17, 2021 Week Fifteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 11—Friday, April 16, 2021 Sunday What I let God see and accept in me also becomes what I can then see and accept in myself, in my friends, and in everything else! This is “radical grace.” Monday How joyful you are… Continue Reading Friendship and Grace: Weekly Summary

The Way of Unknowing

Unknowing The Way of Unknowing Friday, February 5, 2021 Descriptions of the “dark night of the soul” from the Spanish mystic John of the Cross (1542–1591) have become the marker by which many Christians measure their own experience of unknowing. He fits an entire life spent exploring God’s mystery into memorable poetry, and even dares… Continue Reading The Way of Unknowing

The Kingdom’s “Common Sense”

Jesus and the Reign of God The Kingdom’s “Common Sense” Friday, November 20, 2020 My friend and colleague Brian McLaren has thought deeply and practically about what Jesus means when he speaks of the “Kingdom of God.” He views it as synonymous with the Gospel itself. Jesus proposed a radical alternative—a profoundly new framing story… Continue Reading The Kingdom’s “Common Sense”

God, the Lover of Life

The Transforming Power of Love God, the Lover of Life Friday, November 13, 2020 Love is who you are. When you don’t live according to love, you are outside of being. You’re not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth. You are operating according to your… Continue Reading God, the Lover of Life

The Sacrament of Anointing

Christ Means “Anointed” The Sacrament of Anointing Tuesday, April 9, 2019 The human need for physical, embodied practices seems universal. Across Christian history, the “Sacraments,” as Orthodox and Catholics call them, have always been with us. Before the age of literacy started to spread in Europe in the sixteenth century, things like pilgrimage, prayer beads,… Continue Reading The Sacrament of Anointing

Christ in Paul’s Eyes: Weekly Summary

Christ in Paul’s Eyes Summary: Sunday, February 24-Friday, March 1, 2019 The entire biblical revelation is gradually developing a very different consciousness, a recreated self, and eventually a full “identity transplant” or identity realization, as we see in both Jesus and Paul. As Paul writes, “I live no longer, not I, but Christ lives in… Continue Reading Christ in Paul’s Eyes: Weekly Summary

The Story that Defines Us

Creation: Week 1 The Story that Defines Us Sunday, February 11, 2018 The first book of the Bible, Genesis, is not the Bible’s oldest book. Genesis’ two accounts of creation were compiled in their present form as late as 500 BC. During this period, the Jews were likely in exile in Babylon, where they were… Continue Reading The Story that Defines Us

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