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Jesus’ Social Program

What Do We Do with Evil? Jesus’ Social Program Thursday, October 15, 2020 Jesus does not directly attack the religious and institutional sin systems of his time until his final action against the money changers in the temple (see Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17; Luke 19:45–46). Because of this, Jesus’ primary social justice critique and action… Continue Reading Jesus’ Social Program

Restorative Love

Restorative Justice Restorative Love Monday, September 7, 2020 As we read the Bible, God does not change as much as our knowledge of God evolves. I certainly recognize there are many biblical passages that present God as punitive and retributive, but we must stay with the text—and observe how we gradually let God grow up.… Continue Reading Restorative Love

Restoring Relationships

Restorative Justice Restoring Relationships Sunday, September 6, 2020 Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. —James Baldwin (1924–1987) Almost all religions and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution… Continue Reading Restoring Relationships

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three Saturday, August 29, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 23—Friday, August 28, 2020 To arrive at the Reorder stage, we must endure, learn from, and include the Disorder stage, transcending the first naïve Order—but also still including it! (Sunday) I was always being moved toward greater differentiation and larger viewpoints, and simultaneously… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Facing Reality

Shadow Work Facing Reality Friday, September 13, 2019 To love is to be conscious, and to be fully conscious would mean we are capable of loving. Sin always proceeds from lack of consciousness. Most people are just not aware and not fully living in their own present moment. When Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they… Continue Reading Facing Reality

Liberation

Prophets: Part Two Liberation Monday July 8, 2019 A prophet is one who keeps God free for people and who keeps people free for God. Both of these are much needed and vital tasks. Without the educated gift of prophecy, God almost always becomes imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and… Continue Reading Liberation

Love the Contradictions

Conscious Love Love the Contradictions Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Struggling with one’s own shadow self, facing interior conflicts and moral failures, undergoing rejection and abandonment, all daily humiliations, experiencing any kind of abuse or form of limitation, can be gateways into deeper consciousness and the flowering of the soul—if we allow them to be. These… Continue Reading Love the Contradictions

A Bigger God

Jesus and the Cross A Bigger God Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Our predestination to glory is prior by nature to any notion of sin. —John Duns Scotus [1] The Franciscan School, led by such teachers as Duns Scotus, refused to see the Incarnation and its finale on the cross as a mere reaction to human… Continue Reading A Bigger God

The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Love: Week 2 The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship Monday, November 5, 2018 I think most people are called to marriage because we need at least one other person to be like a mirror for us, to reflect our best self—and our worst self—in a way that we can receive. The interesting thing about a… Continue Reading The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Restorative Justice

Justice: Week 1 Restorative Justice Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Almost all religion and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution is to be demanded of the sinner in this world—and usually the next world, too. Such retributive justice is a dualistic… Continue Reading Restorative Justice

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