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A Universal Pattern

Summary: An Evolving Faith A Universal Pattern Monday, December 30, 2019 Christ is before all things, and in Christ all things hold together. —Colossians 1:17 Anything called “Good News” needs to reveal a universal pattern that can be relied upon, and not just clannish patterns that might be occasionally true. This is probably why Christianity’s… Continue Reading A Universal Pattern

Patient Trust

Summary: An Evolving Faith Patient Trust Sunday, December 29. 2019 God keeps creation both good and new—which means always going somewhere even better. God keeps creating things from the inside out, so they are forever evolving, yearning, developing, growing, and changing for the good. If we understand the Eternal Christ Mystery as the symbolic Alpha… Continue Reading Patient Trust

Lightlessness

Darkness Lightlessness Tuesday, December 3, 2019 I have shared the writings of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister many times. She is a tireless advocate for the poor and marginalized, and she is also a brilliant and prolific writer, with more than fifty books to her credit. She writes here of the effects of literal darkness or… Continue Reading Lightlessness

Waiting and Unknowing

Darkness Waiting and Unknowing Sunday, December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent Advent [meaning “coming”], to the Church Fathers, was the right naming of the season when light and life are fading. They urged the faithful to set aside four weeks to fast, give, and pray—all ways to strip down, to let the bared soul… Continue Reading Waiting and Unknowing

A Very Insistent Love

Science: Old and New A Very Insistent Love Sunday, November 3, 2019 Science and religion are long-lost dance partners. —Rob Bell [1] Faith provides evidence for things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 For centuries, science and religion worked together, learning from creation. As Ilia Delio, both a scientist and a Franciscan sister, says, “Doing science was a… Continue Reading A Very Insistent Love

A Big Experiment

The Perennial Tradition A Big Experiment Friday, August 16, 2019 Rami Shapiro, a rabbi, teacher, and author on Judaism and spirituality reflects on the enriching, powerful experience of interspiritual dialogue initiated by Fr. Thomas Keating (1923–2018). In 1984 Father Thomas Keating invited a small group of contemplatives from eight different religious traditions—Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic,… Continue Reading A Big Experiment

Faith Teaches

Mystic: Howard Thurman Faith Teaches Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Like many mystics, Howard Thurman saw that humans need to relate to a God that is both beyond rational thought—what I might call a force field of love—and very relatable and personal. This is why Christians have both Jesus and Christ: In Jesus, God was given… Continue Reading Faith Teaches

An Interior Faith

Christ in Paul’s Eyes An Interior Faith Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Describing his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus in his letter to the Galatians, Paul writes a most telling line. He says, “God revealed his Son in me” (Galatians 1:16, JB, NIV). This high degree of trust, introspection, and self-confidence… Continue Reading An Interior Faith

Patience

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Patience Friday, January 4, 2019 The New Testament shows history working in a way that is both evolutionary and positive. See, for example, Jesus’ many parables of the Kingdom, which lean heavily on the language of growth and development. He uses metaphors of the seed, the maturing ear of corn,… Continue Reading Patience

Our Priority Is Love

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Our Priority Is Love Thursday, January 3, 2019 Brian McLaren, a dear friend and fellow public theologian, shares my concern and hope that Christianity can evolve. In his book The Great Spiritual Migration, he writes: For centuries, Christianity has been presented as a system of beliefs. That system of beliefs… Continue Reading Our Priority Is Love

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