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A New Story to Replace the Old

A New Story A New Story to Replace the Old Thursday, January 14, 2021 In this time of unveiling, new stories need to be told about everything from ecology and faith to money and power, and they need to be told from many different perspectives. Only as we contemplate and engage new paradigms and visions… Continue Reading A New Story to Replace the Old

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

When Things Are Unveiled

A Time of Unveiling When Things Are Unveiling Friday, January 8, 2021 I have read the scriptures since childhood and preached on them continually over the last fifty years in my role as a priest; but over the last year, I’ve found myself drawn to them in a different way. I have been looking, if not… Continue Reading When Things Are Unveiled

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”

The Soft Prophecy of Francis

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times The Soft Prophecy of Francis Friday, October 9, 2020 At its core, Franciscan prophecy is “soft prophecy”—which is often the hardest of all! It is a way of life that is counter to the ways of the world. I personally have found that few of us can offer… Continue Reading The Soft Prophecy of Francis

Going on the Full Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Going on the Full Journey Friday, August 21, 2020 This journey from Order to Disorder must happen for all of us. It is not something just to be admired in Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Job, or Jesus. Our role is to listen and allow, and at least slightly cooperate with… Continue Reading Going on the Full Journey

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

Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey Sunday, August 16, 2020 Last week’s Daily Meditations focused on Order as the first stage of healthy development. To continue growing, we must go through a period—or even many periods—of Disorder. The pattern of transformation involves at least some measure of suffering. Part… Continue Reading Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey

A Further Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One A Further Journey Friday, August 14, 2020 If we are granted this first stage of Order (and not all are), we feel innocent and safe. Everything is basically good, it all means something, and we feel a part of what looks normal and deserved. It is our “first naïveté.” Everything… Continue Reading A Further Journey

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