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Tag Archives: Gospel

The Paschal Mystery

Path of Descent The Paschal Mystery Sunday, October 16, 2016 The path of descent, or the pattern of falling upward, is found throughout the Bible. Jacob’s son, Joseph, is thrown into the well by his own brothers and then rescued (Genesis 37:20-28). The prophet Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern by the civil leaders after Read More »

Love Is Who You Are

True Self/False Self: Week 2 Love Is Who You Are Thursday, August 11, 2016 Love is not really an action that you do. Love is what and who you are, in your deepest essence. Love is a place that already exists inside of you, but is also greater than you. That’s the paradox. It’s within Read More »

Good News

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 2 Good News Monday, July 25, 2016 The word “Gospel” means “Good News.” The reason it’s called the Good News is because—surprise of surprises—mistake, failure, and sin are part of the salvation equation. I want to share again these words from Julian of Norwich, because they are so powerful: “First there Read More »

Rediscovering the Gospel Message

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Rediscovering the Gospel Message Monday, July 18, 2016 The spirituality of imperfection is, quite simply, the Gospel. However, in the fourth century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. From that time on, the spirituality of imperfection—Jesus’ liberating message—became a subtext, a minority position. Once you align with imperial Read More »

Love in Action

Action and Contemplation: Week 2 Love in Action Thursday, May 18, 2016 The way to arrive and remain within “the force field of the Holy Spirit,” which is one way of describing consciousness—is both very simple and very hard: you’ve got to remain in love, with a foundational yes to every moment. You can’t risk Read More »

Diversity in Community

Community Diversity in Community Friday, April 22, 2016 Most of our churches are rather homogeneous. Yet church, of all places, should be inclusive and reflective of our diverse and complex world. Shane Claiborne describes the all too familiar scene: We are always most comfortable around people who are like us. I think that’s true of Read More »

Dying to Self

Participation: Week 1 Dying to Self Wednesday, April 6, 2016 In truth, we must change our very self-image rather than just be told some new things to see or do. To be a Christian is to objectively know that we share the same identity that Jesus enjoyed as both human and divine, which is what Read More »

Awakening to Mercy

Bias from the Bottom: Week 2 Awakening to Mercy Friday, April 1, 2016 Her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. —Jesus (see Luke 7:47) Jesus also said, “Those who show mercy will have mercy shown to them” (Matthew 5:7). For the flow to Read More »

In Need of Mercy

Bias from the Bottom: Week 2 In Need of Mercy Thursday, March 31, 2016 Why does the Bible, and why does Jesus, tell us to care for the poor and the outsider? Is it first of all because people need help? Maybe, but I believe it has a much deeper genius. We are the ones Read More »

Changing Sides

Bias from the Bottom: Week 2 Changing Sides Wednesday, March 30, 2016 God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. —1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT In all honesty, once it was on top and Read More »

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