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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

Love Is the Protagonist

A New Story Love Is the Protagonist Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Like me, Brian McLaren has spent many decades “on the edge of the inside” of the institutional Church. Although he often critiques the stories told by Christian denominations, he has never tired of the Jesus story or failed to believe in its power to… Continue Reading Love Is the Protagonist

A Hopeful Story

A New Story A Hopeful Story Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that . . . life had meaning and value. .… Continue Reading A Hopeful Story

A New Framing Story

A New Story A New Framing Story Monday, January 11, 2021 Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions popularized the term “paradigm shift.” [1] A paradigm is a set of beliefs, images, concepts, and structures that govern the way we think about something. Kuhn (1922–1996) said that paradigm change becomes necessary when the previous paradigm… Continue Reading A New Framing Story

The True Patterns of the Universe

A Time of Unveiling The True Patterns of the Universe Thursday, January 7, 2021 Truth is One. If something is spiritually true, then all disciplines and religions will somehow be looking at this “one truth” from different angles, goals, assumptions, and vocabulary. If it is the truth, it is true all the time and everywhere, and… Continue Reading The True Patterns of the Universe

A Faith Created by Courageous Movements

Spirituality and Social Movements A Faith Created by Courageous Movements Monday, November 30, 2020 In his book We Make the Road by Walking, my friend and colleague Brian McLaren describes some of the Spirit-led movements that shaped Judaism from the time of Moses, and sustained Christianity. We must remember that such movements are not simply… Continue Reading A Faith Created by Courageous Movements

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”

Public Virtue: Weekly Summary

Public Virtue Saturday, November 7, 2020 Summary: Sunday, November 1—Friday, November 6, 2020 The mystery of the body of Christ turns the focus outward, to ask: how can I be good for the sake of my neighborhood, my city, my church, my community, and even the world? (Sunday) Everywhere there are people who never lose… Continue Reading Public Virtue: Weekly Summary

A Disruption of the Spirit

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two A Disruption of the Spirit Wednesday, August 19, 2020 My friend and CAC colleague Brian McLaren has spent years imagining “a new kind of Christianity” that invites people into a deepening commitment to love of God, neighbor, and self. Such a movement for the common good is surely disruptive or… Continue Reading A Disruption of the Spirit

Our Spiritual Health

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Our Spiritual Health Thursday, July 9, 2020 Brian McLaren, a member of the CAC Living School faculty, reminds us why it matters that we pay attention to our health, not only physically but spiritually and ethically as well. In these challenging, difficult times, we are discovering a wisdom that we… Continue Reading Our Spiritual Health

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