Tag Archives: church history

The Edge of the Inside

Prophets The Edge of the Inside Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Prophets, by their very nature, cannot be at the center of any social structure. Rather, they are “on the edge of the inside.” They cannot be fully insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. They must be educated inside the system, knowing and 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 »

A Nonviolent Atonement

Salvation as At-One-Ment A Nonviolent Atonement Monday, July 24, 2017 In the thirteenth century, the Franciscans and the Dominicans invariably took opposing positions in the great debates in the universities of Paris, Cologne, Bologna, and Oxford. Both opinions usually passed the tests of orthodoxy, although one was preferred. The Franciscans often ended up presenting the Read More »

The Healing Power of Meditation

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation The Healing Power of Meditation Wednesday, July 12, 2017 When religion is not about healing, it really does not have much to offer people in this life. Many have called such disembodied theology “carrot on the stick” theology or, as my friend Brian McLaren says, we made the Gospel largely Read More »

Dynamic Unity

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Dynamic Unity Sunday, April 2, 2017 Paul tried unceasingly to demonstrate “that Jesus was the Christ” (Acts 9:22). This synthesis is the heart of Paul’s conversion experience. Paul did not think he was abandoning his Jewish faith, but rather finding its universal dimension in this “Mystery of Christ,” as he Read More »

Returning to Enduring Wisdom

Tradition Returning to Enduring Wisdom Friday, January 20, 2017 Today in the United States we inaugurate a new president. While I pray President Trump leads with wisdom, compassion, and justice, we cannot simply sit back and watch whatever unfolds. We the people have a tremendous responsibility to work together, to speak truth to power, to Read More »

Contemplative Christianity Is the Great Tradition

Tradition Contemplative Christianity Is the Great Tradition Thursday, January 19, 2017 I believe the teaching of contemplation is absolutely key to rebuilding Christianity, otherwise our very style of “knowing” is off base and everything that follows is skewed. Our untransformed brains are hardwired to focus on the negative and to dualistically label and divide, it Read More »

Wolf in the Henhouse

Tradition Wolf in the Henhouse Wednesday, January 18, 2017 The word catholic comes from the Greek kata (meaning “through” or “throughout”) and holos (meaning “whole”). This word was originally used by Ignatius of Antioch as early as the year 100 to precisely include all Christians, and it is a shame that it later was used Read More »

Bias from the Bottom

Tradition Bias from the Bottom Tuesday, January 17, 2017 The vast majority of people throughout history has been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have experienced history in terms of a need for change. The people who wrote the books and controlled the social institutions, however, have almost Read More »

Universal Restoration

Love Summary for the Year: Week 2 Universal Restoration Friday, December 30, 2016 There were a number of fathers in the early church (the first four centuries C.E.) who believed in apokatastasis, “universal restoration” (Acts 3:21). They believed that the real meaning of the resurrection of Christ was that God’s love was so perfect and Read More »

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