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Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Prophets: Part Two Summary, Sunday, July 7—Friday, July 12, 2019 The biblical notion of justice, beginning in the Hebrew Scriptures with the Jewish prophets—especially Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea—is quite different than retributive justice. If we read carefully and honestly, we will see that God’s justice is restorative. (Sunday) A prophet is one who keeps… Continue Reading Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

The Edge of the Inside

Prophets: Part Two The Edge of the Inside Tuesday, July 9, 2019 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 full insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. A true prophet must be educated inside… Continue Reading The Edge of the Inside

Struggling with Shadow

Prophets: Part One Struggling with Shadow Tuesday, July 2, 2019 The Hebrew prophets are in a category all their own. Within the canonical, sacred Scriptures of other world religions we do not find major texts that are largely critical of that very religion. Prophets can deeply love their tradition and profoundly criticize it at the… Continue Reading Struggling with Shadow

Speaking the Truth from Within

Prophets: Part One Speaking the Truth from Within Monday, July 1, 2019 A prophet is one who names a situation truthfully in its largest context without being pulled into dualistic factions. Scripture shows the Hebrew prophets speaking to the people as one of their own, not above or apart from the community. Prophets share in… Continue Reading Speaking the Truth from Within

She Is Love

Feminine Incarnation She Is Love Thursday, June 13, 2019 Why not? Why not pretend for now that the Absolute (the Great Mystery, the Ground of Being) sometimes expresses itself in the body of woman? Pretending God’s a dude hasn’t exactly worked out for the vast majority of the human family, let alone the animal and… Continue Reading She Is Love

The Creeds

Following Jesus The Creeds Wednesday, January 23, 2019 . . . Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, . . . —The Apostles’ Creed If you worship in one of the liturgical Christian traditions, you probably know the opening words of the Apostles’ Creed by heart: I believe in God, the Father Almighty,… Continue Reading The Creeds

New Wineskins

Following Jesus New Wineskins Sunday, January 20, 2019 Jesus said, “People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” —Matthew 9:17 Christians have often preached a Gospel largely comprised of… Continue Reading New Wineskins

The Source of Action

Contemplation: Week 2 The Source of Action Sunday, December 16, 2018 The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs. If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited. If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is… Continue Reading The Source of Action

Absolutes

Judaism Absolutes Wednesday, August 29, 2018 God reveals the essence of divinity to Moses: ehyeh asher ehyeh, most often translated as I AM what I AM [Exodus 3:14]. A more accurate Hebrew translation would be “I will be whatever I will be.” In either case, the Hasidic understanding of the text is the same: God… Continue Reading Absolutes

Prophetic Honesty

Judaism Prophetic Honesty Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Divine knowledge is always rooted in the details of ordinary life. The aim of all knowledge or visionary ecstasy is to increase the power of hesed [steadfast love] and compassionate action. . . . It is alive with the awareness of the holiness of Creation and the boundlessness… Continue Reading Prophetic Honesty

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