Tag Archives: Christianity

Who Was Jesus?

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Who Was Jesus? Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Jesus was from the peasant class. . . . His use of language was remarkable and poetic, filled with images and stories. . . . He was not an ascetic, but world-affirming, with a zest for life. There was a sociopolitical passion to Read More »

Our Foundation

From the Bottom Up: Summary Our Foundation Thursday, December 28, 2017 If we are going to rebuild Christianity “from the bottom up,” what is the foundation upon which we’re building? Love is our foundation and our destiny. It is where we come from and where we’re headed. As St. Paul famously says, “So faith, hope, Read More »

Continuing Conversion

From the Bottom Up: Summary Continuing Conversion Tuesday, December 26, 2017 My friend Brian McLaren expertly maps the process of rebuilding Christianity in his book The Great Spiritual Migration. In the introduction, Brian explains how humans are people in motion, as evidenced by anthropology, the biblical Exodus, and Jesus’ disciples who were to “go into Read More »

Breach-Menders

From the Bottom Up: Summary Breach-Menders Sunday, December 24, 2017 The ancient ruins will be rebuilt, You will build on age-old foundations, You will be called “Breach-Mender,” Restorer of ruined houses. —Isaiah 58:12 Throughout this year’s Daily Meditations, I have tried to follow in the footsteps of great reformers like Isaiah, Jesus, St. Francis of Read More »

The Goal

Heaven The Goal Sunday, December 17, 2017 The purifying goal of mysticism and contemplative prayer is nothing less than divine union—union with what is, with the moment, with yourself, with the divine, which means with everything. Healing, growth, and happiness are admittedly wonderful byproducts of prayer, but they must not be our primary concern. The Read More »

Our Common Source

Interfaith Friendship Our Common Source Thursday, December 7, 2017 [We need] a Christian identity that is both strong and kind. By strong I mean vigorous, vital, durable, motivating, faithful, attractive, and defining. . . . By kind I mean something far more robust than mere tolerance, political correctness, or coexistence: I mean benevolent, hospitable, accepting, Read More »

Emerging Church: Weekly Summary

Emerging Church Summary: Sunday, November 26-Friday, December 1, 2017 Reformation is the perpetual process of conversion that is needed by all individuals and institutions. (Sunday) I believe the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become monuments, museums, or machines. (Monday) The emerging church, Read More »

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Emerging Church Rooted and Grounded in Love Friday, December 1, 2017 Brian McLaren, a longtime friend and speaker at many CAC conferences, has been a leading presence in the Emerging Church movement. Today I share a favorite passage from his recent book, The Great Spiritual Migration: The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself Read More »

Returning to Essentials

Emerging Church Returning to Essentials Thursday, November 30, 2017 Hospitality is the practice that keeps the church from becoming a club, a members-only society. —Diana Butler Bass [1] Practical, practice-based Christianity has been avoided, denied, minimized, ignored, delayed, and sidelined for too many centuries, by too many Christians who were never told Christianity was anything Read More »

A Change of Consciousness

Emerging Church A Change of Consciousness Wednesday, November 29, 2017 I have learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty and to seek companions who have arrived at the same place. We are a motley crew, distinguished not only by our inability to explain ourselves to those who are more certain of their Read More »

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