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Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Unknowing Lean Not on Your Own Understanding Thursday, February 4, 2021 If you understand it, it is not God. —St. Augustine, Sermon 117 on John 1:1 God is Mystery and not any “thing” we can wrap our little brains around. Brian McLaren shares how he realized this during a time of deep doubt and perplexity… Continue Reading Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Faith and Doubt Are Not Opposites

Unknowing Faith and Doubt Are Not Opposites Wednesday, February 3, 2021 The imagination should be allowed a certain freedom to browse around. —Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action Basic religious faith is a vote for some coherence, purpose, benevolence, and direction in the universe. Unfortunately, the notion of faith that emerged in the West was… Continue Reading Faith and Doubt Are Not Opposites

Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

Unknowing Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Candlemas Day [1] Today Brian McLaren shares brilliantly how doubt has often been a tool of love, drawing him ever closer to the heart of God. Applying his four-fold spiritual growth process of Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony to himself, Brian writes:… Continue Reading Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth

Unknowing Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth Monday, February 1, 2021 My good friend and colleague Brian McLaren’s recently published book, Faith After Doubt, shows how doubt and periods of unknowing are necessary for spiritual growth. Brian proposes a four-stage growth process of Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony. He writes: Doubt, it turns out, is… Continue Reading Doubt: A Necessary Tool for Growth

Life Goes On

Darkness Life Goes On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Sister Joan Chittister continues to reflect on what it means to suffer through times of doubt or unknowing when it comes to our faith: The sense of being stranded in the midst of life . . . is enough to drain a person’s very personality until there… Continue Reading Life Goes On

Salvation as At-One-Ment: Weekly Summary

Salvation as At-One-Ment Summary: Sunday, July 23-Friday, July 28, 2017 If God uses and needs violence to attain God’s purposes, maybe Jesus did not really mean what he said in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5): “Blessed are the gentle, the merciful, the peacemakers.” (Sunday) Jesus was not changing God’s mind about us; he… Continue Reading Salvation as At-One-Ment: Weekly Summary

An Open and Growing Heart

Faith and Belief An Open and Growing Heart Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Like “prayer,” “religion,” and so many other words, the word “faith” means different things to different people. As we recover the lost tradition of contemplation, here are some clarifications for what I mean by “faith” and why, understood in a nondualistic way, faith… Continue Reading An Open and Growing Heart

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