Tag Archives: God

In Imitation of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 In Imitation of God Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg (1942-2015) significantly contributed to our new understanding of Jesus in his historical and cultural context. Today I’d like to share Borg’s insights on how Jesus pursued the imitatio dei (imitation of God) as his life’s Read More »

God Is Merciful and Gracious

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.” Read More »

At-One-Ment, Not Atonement

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 At-One-Ment, Not Atonement Sunday, January 21, 2018 The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Read More »

To Know God Is to Love God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 To Know God Is to Love God Friday, January 19, 2018 Jesus was a person radically centered in God, empowered by that relationship, and filled with God’s passion for the world—a passion that led to his execution and vindication. —Marcus Borg [1] Once the guiding vision of the Realm/Reign/Kingdom of Read More »

Who Was Jesus?

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Who Was Jesus? Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Jesus was from the peasant class. . . . His use of language was remarkable and poetic, filled with images and stories. . . . He was not an ascetic, but world-affirming, with a zest for life. There was a sociopolitical passion to Read More »

God’s Self-Revelation

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 God’s Self-Revelation Sunday, January 14, 2018 For what can be known about God is perfectly plain, since God has made it plain.  Through everything God has created, people can clearly see God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature. So you have no excuse for not knowing God. —Romans 1:20 Read More »

The Lost Tradition of Contemplation

Contemplative Consciousness The Lost Tradition of Contemplation Tuesday, January 9, 2018 The awesome and even presumptuous message of divinization is found in the Judeo-Christian story of Creation: we are “created in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:27 and 5:2). Many tomes of theology have been written to clarify this claim, and this is Read More »

The Second Gaze

Contemplative Consciousness The Second Gaze Sunday, January 7, 2018 Contemplation helps us to actually experience our experiences so that they can become transformational. Contemplation exposes our small self so that we can be open to our Big Self, which many of us call “God.” This week we will explore what the contemplative mind is and Read More »

Where Is God?

Introduction: Image and Likeness Where Is God? Friday, January 5, 2018 When I was on retreat at Thomas Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani Abbey in 1985, I had a chance encounter that has stayed with me all these years. I was walking down a little trail when I recognized a recluse, what you might call a Read More »

Practicing Presence

Living in the Now Practicing Presence Friday, November 24, 2017 The presence of God is infinite, everywhere, always, and forever. You cannot not be in the presence of God. There’s no other place to be. It is we who are not present to Presence. We’ll make any excuse to be somewhere else than right here. Read More »

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