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All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing
 Monday, January 27, 2020 It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith around 180 degrees—into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom and what God likes or doesn’t like. Why… Continue Reading All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

The Prayer of Quiet

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The Prayer of Quiet
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Desert Fathers and Mothers withdrew from cities to the desert to live freely, apart from the economic, cultural, and political structure of the Roman Empire. At first, the empire persecuted the church, but in 313 CE, Constantine gave Christianity a privileged status, not out of enlightenment or goodwill but in service of uniformity and… Continue Reading The Prayer of Quiet

Church: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Church: Old and New Summary: Sunday, October 27—Friday, November 1, 2019 With each rebirth, Christianity becomes more inclusive and universal, as it was always meant to be. (Sunday) I believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. (Monday) [Christ’s] time seems to stretch to eternity and… Continue Reading Church: Old and New: Weekly Summary

If We Were Christian

Church: Old and New If We Were Christian Friday, November 1, 2019 All Saints’ Day A Circle expands forever It covers all who wish to hold hands And its size depends on each other It is a vision of solidarity It turns outwards to interact with the outside And inward for self critique A circle… Continue Reading If We Were Christian

Breakthroughs

Church: Old and New Breakthroughs Thursday, October 31, 2019 Whether or not they are acknowledged publicly, those on the margins and their allies recognize acts of injustice. Sebastian Moore presents the crucifixion of Jesus as an unjust political act that claimed a human life. Every time it happens, no matter when or where, no matter… Continue Reading Breakthroughs

A Transcultural Teaching

Church: Old and New A Transcultural Teaching Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Every disciple of the kingdom is like a householder who draws out from his storage room, things both old and new. —Matthew 13:52 This text inspired this year’s Daily Meditations theme of “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Christianity isn’t done growing and changing.… Continue Reading A Transcultural Teaching

A Cross-Section of Space-Time

Church: Old and New A Cross-Section of Space-Time Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Choan-Seng Song, a theologian and author, has worked tirelessly to decolonize the image of God and Jesus brought to people in Asia by Western missionaries. His writings are a wonderful example of the global nature of movements emerging in Christianity. Song was born… Continue Reading A Cross-Section of Space-Time

The Emerging Church

Church: Old and New The Emerging Church Monday, October 28, 2019 I do believe that what some refer to as 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. In the last sixty years, several significant events have taken place,… Continue Reading The Emerging Church

Rummage Sales

Church: Old and New Rummage Sales Sunday, October 27, 2019 I have come to set fire upon the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing. —Luke 12:49 People are rightly concerned by the loss of property through fire. However, forestry workers understand that from the destruction caused by fire emerges new growth, new… Continue Reading Rummage Sales

Francis and the Sultan

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Sultan Thursday, October 10, 2019 The connection that Francis of Assisi made with “the enemy” in his lifetime may be his most powerful statement to the world about putting together the inner life with the outer, and all of the resulting social, political, and ethnic implications. He also… Continue Reading Francis and the Sultan

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