Tag Archives: Christianity

Inner Experience of God

Mysticism: Week 1 Inner Experience of God Sunday, September 24, 2017 Years ago, someone asked if I could sum up all my teachings in two words. My response was “incarnational mysticism.” The first word, “incarnational,” is Christianity’s specialty and should always be our essential theme. We believe God became incarnate. The early Fathers of the Read More »

Taking Jesus Seriously

Nonviolence Taking Jesus Seriously Sunday, September 17, 2017 How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus Christ we’ve managed to avoid everything that he taught so unequivocally? This is true of every Christian denomination, even those who call themselves orthodox or doctrinally pure.  We are all “cafeteria Christians.” All of us Read More »

Deepening Connection

Salvation as At-One-Ment Deepening Connection Thursday, July 27, 2017 If we would imitate Jesus in very practical ways, the Christian religion would be made-to-order to grease the wheels of human consciousness toward love, nonviolence, justice, inclusivity, and care for creation. Mature religion serves as a conveyor belt for the evolution of human consciousness. Immature religion Read More »

Faith Expressed as Love

Faith and Belief Faith Expresses as Love Monday, July 17, 2017 Today Brian McLaren continues reflecting on faith and belief: We could say that Christian faith (like many other faiths) was an engine of human cultural evolution when it came on the scene. It introduced new beliefs into human consciousness that liberated millions from older Read More »

A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life?

Faith and Belief A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life? Sunday, July 16, 2017 The terms belief and faith are often used synonymously. Yet they are very different. As David Benner says, “Belief is conviction of the trustworthiness of a proposition. . . . Faith, on the other hand, can never be reduced Read More »

Thy Kingdom Come

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Thy Kingdom Come Sunday, July 2, 2017 Shane Claiborne is a young friend of mine and a living example of the integration of action and contemplation. Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities Read More »

“Christ” Is Another Word for Everything

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 “Christ” Is Another Word for Everything Wednesday, April 5, 2017 When Christians defined Jesus in a small way—as a mere problem solver for sin—we soon became preoccupied with sin itself, which is a largely negative foundation. We became blind to much else going on in this world except sin and Read More »

Christ in Evolution

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Christ in Evolution Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister and scientist, describes the positive foundation we have in the cosmic Christ: Franciscan theology on the whole . . . emphasized the incarnation as the love of God made visible in the world. [Bonaventure] did not consider the Read More »

A Bigger Story Line

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 A Bigger Story Line Monday, April 3, 2017 Christ is the Archetype and Model for the rest of creation as Scripture clearly teaches (Ephesians 1:3-14; Colossians 1:15-20). Yet Christians have instead focused on proving that Jesus is “God,” which felt necessary to put our group out in front and to Read More »

Loving both Jesus and Christ

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 Loving both Jesus and Christ Friday, March 31, 2017 I believe that Francis of Assisi was unique and ahead of his time for loving and relating to both the historical Jesus and the eternal Christ at the same time, surely without fully realizing what he was doing. Francis himself just Read More »

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