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An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt

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

Making New Friends

Friendship and Grace Making New Friends Thursday, April 15, 2021 I’ve known CAC faculty member Brian McLaren for many years; and I deeply admire his gift for making friends through his genuine curiosity, compassion, and unconditional presence to others. In this passage, he encourages us to build relationships outside our comfortable social and religious groups.… Continue Reading Making New Friends

Overcoming Contact Bias

Learning How to See Overcoming Contact Bias Thursday, March 4, 2021 Brian McLaren and Jacqui Lewis, my conversation partners in the recent podcast series, Learning How to See, understand that Jesus’ model of acceptance, inclusion, and love for “the other,” helps us overcome and heal our biases. Brian describes what he calls “contact bias,” when… Continue Reading Overcoming Contact Bias

Jesus and Bias

Learning How to See Jesus and Bias Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Learning how to see our biases is a psychological exercise, but one with immediate theological and social implications. It demands self-knowledge and the crucial need to recognize (1) when we are in denial about our own shadow and capacity for illusion; (2) our capacity… Continue Reading Jesus and Bias

Confirmation Bias

Learning How to See Confirmation Bias Tuesday, March 2, 2021 One of the phrases that has stayed with me from studying Latin in the seminary is “Quidquid recipitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.” This statement is not only kind of fun to say, but it has been critical to my understanding of how we process information.… Continue Reading Confirmation Bias

Recognizing Our Biases

Learning How to See Recognizing Our Biases Monday, March 1, 2021 CAC faculty member Brian McLaren has done thoughtful and helpful research about what makes us see things so differently from one another. He identified thirteen biases that we outline today. Being a former pastor and an excellent communicator, Brian found a way to make… Continue Reading Recognizing Our Biases

Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Unknowing Lean Not on Your Own Understanding Thursday, February 4, 2021 If you understand it, it is not God. —St. Augustine, Sermon 117 on John 1:1 God is Mystery and not any “thing” we can wrap our little brains around. Brian McLaren shares how he realized this during a time of deep doubt and perplexity… Continue Reading Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

Unknowing Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Candlemas Day [1] Today Brian McLaren shares brilliantly how doubt has often been a tool of love, drawing him ever closer to the heart of God. Applying his four-fold spiritual growth process of Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony to himself, Brian writes:… Continue Reading Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth

Unknowing Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth Monday, February 1, 2021 My good friend and colleague Brian McLaren’s recently published book, Faith After Doubt, shows how doubt and periods of unknowing are necessary for spiritual growth. Brian proposes a four-stage growth process of Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony. He writes: Doubt, it turns out, is… Continue Reading Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth

A New Story: Weekly Summary

A New Story Saturday, January 16, 2021 Week Two Summary and Practice Sunday, January 10—Friday, January 15, 2021 Sunday A Great Story connects our little lives to the One Great Life, and even better, it forgives and uses the wounded and seemingly “unworthy” parts. Monday A “framing story” gives people direction, values, vision, and inspiration… Continue Reading A New Story: Weekly Summary

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