Tag Archives: Gospels

Jesus’ Hermeneutic

Jesus and the Bible Jesus’ Hermeneutic Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Jesus’ approach to interpreting sacred text was radical for his time, yet honored his own Hebrew Bible (or what Christians call the Old Testament). Even though Jesus’ use of Scripture is plain enough for us to see in the Gospels, many Christians are accustomed to… Continue Reading Jesus’ Hermeneutic

Many Ways of Knowing

Jesus and the Bible Many Ways of Knowing Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Unknown to many post-Reformation Christians, early centuries of Christianity—through authoritative teachers like Origen, Cyril of Alexandria, Augustine, and Gregory the Great—encouraged as many as seven “senses” of Scripture. The literal, historical, allegorical, moral, symbolic, eschatological (the trajectory of history and growth), and “primordial”… Continue Reading Many Ways of Knowing

Taking Jesus Seriously

Nonviolence Taking Jesus Seriously Sunday, September 17, 2017 How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus Christ we’ve managed to avoid everything that he taught so unequivocally? This is true of every Christian denomination, even those who call themselves orthodox or doctrinally pure.  We are all “cafeteria Christians.” All of us… Continue Reading Taking Jesus Seriously

Bias from the Bottom

Tradition Bias from the Bottom Tuesday, January 17, 2017 The vast majority of people throughout history has been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have experienced history in terms of a need for change. The people who wrote the books and controlled the social institutions, however, have almost… Continue Reading Bias from the Bottom

The Second Coming of Christ

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 The Second Coming of Christ Sunday, October 30, 2016 Christ is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of God’s nature, sustaining the universe by God’s powerful command. —Hebrews 1:3, Jerusalem Bible Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ is a title, meaning the Anointed… Continue Reading The Second Coming of Christ

Journey to the Center

Love: Week 1 Journey to the Center Monday, December 28, 2015 Both God’s truest identity and our own True Self are Love. So why isn’t it obvious? How do we find what is supposedly already there? Why should we need to awaken our deepest and most profound selves? And how do we do it? By… Continue Reading Journey to the Center

A Vital Spiritual Experience

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 A Vital Spiritual Experience Tuesday, November 17, 2015 The Twelve Step program helps people see that addiction is an illness which requires understanding and spiritual healing—much more than a moral failure which deserves condemnation. This is a gigantic breakthrough. Pope Francis gets this when he says that the church should be… Continue Reading A Vital Spiritual Experience

Finding the Sacred Everywhere

Native and Celtic Spirituality Finding the Sacred Everywhere Monday, July 6, 2015 Unfortunately, many of the popular images and ideas about Native and Celtic spirituality are romanticized opinion. Since there are few written primary sources, there is no way to prove or disprove many claims. For all their weaknesses, “religions of the book” have a… Continue Reading Finding the Sacred Everywhere

When You Say Yes to Love, You also Say Yes to Suffering

The Franciscan Path of Descent When You Say Yes to Love, You also Say Yes to Suffering Wednesday, June 10, 2015 One of my fellow Franciscans, Murray Bodo, wrote a wonderful and poetic book about the life of Francis entitled Francis: The Journey and the Dream. This excerpt from his book captures how letting go,… Continue Reading When You Say Yes to Love, You also Say Yes to Suffering

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