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Seeking Aliveness

Carl Jung Seeking Aliveness Thursday, November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Ann Ulanov is a noted Jungian scholar, theologian, and therapist. Here she writes about “aliveness” as the key to transformation: Aliveness comes down to one thing—consenting to rise, to be dented, impressed, pressed in upon, to rejoin, to open, to ponder, to… Continue Reading Seeking Aliveness

Christianity and Empire: Weekly Summary

Christianity and Empire Saturday, October 23, 2021 Week Forty-Two Summary and Practice Sunday, October 17—Friday, October 22, 2021 Sunday How can I trust that things like nonviolence, the path of descent, simplicity of life, forgiveness and healing, the preference for the poor, and radical grace itself are as important as they are, unless Jesus also… Continue Reading Christianity and Empire: Weekly Summary

God’s Supremacy in Love

Christianity and Empire God’s Supremacy in Love Friday, October 22, 2021 CAC teacher and author Brian McLaren has spent years calling Christians to a practice of faith that reflects the loving, nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels instead of the conquering Jesus of colonialism and empire: The God imaged by Jesus exerts no dominating supremacy. In… Continue Reading God’s Supremacy in Love

Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Hell, No! Who We Are Is Who We Will Be Friday, September 17, 2021 My colleague Brian McLaren has long explored what it might mean to be a “new kind of Christian.” Brian once wrote a fictionalized story about a pastor asking questions at the edges of his faith. Dan, the book’s main character, strikes… Continue Reading Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Mutual Indwelling

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Mutual Indwelling Friday, July 9, 2021 The whole movement of the Bible is toward ever-greater Incarnation and embodiment, until the mystery of mutual indwelling is finally experienced and enjoyed even here in this world, in this life, and in this body. It then becomes the banquet that we call… Continue Reading Mutual Indwelling

Paul: A New Creation

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Paul: A New Creation Thursday, July 8, 2021 Paul, the great apostle to the gentiles, is a unique figure in the New Testament. About half of the books in the New Testament bear his name, either because he actually wrote them or because other early Christians attached his name… Continue Reading Paul: A New Creation

Acts: Knowledge on Fire

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Acts: Knowledge on Fire Wednesday, July 7, 2021 In Luke’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit is fully bestowed on Jesus, the beloved Son who acts with God’s power, speaks with God’s authority, and loves with God’s love. Through the gift of the Spirit given to Jesus, God’s justice is announced… Continue Reading Acts: Knowledge on Fire

Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice Tuesday, July 6, 2021 For Luke, while the ultimate meaning of the good news is still the nearness of God’s kingdom, he says it differently. He speaks not of God’s kingdom but of God’s justice, and he especially emphasizes the privileged position of the… Continue Reading Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice