Tag Archives: growth

From Naïveté to Wisdom

Growing in Christ: Week 2 From Naïveté to Wisdom Sunday, March 24, 2019 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably), we must be moved from Order to Disorder and finally to Reorder. ORDER: At this stage—our “first naïveté,” if we are granted it (and not all are)—we feel… Continue Reading From Naïveté to Wisdom

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 17—Friday, March 22, 2019 Religion and various models of human development seem to suggest there are two major tasks for each human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was meant to… Continue Reading Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary

The Performance Principle

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Performance Principle Friday, March 22, 2019 Religion in the second half of life is finally not a moral matter; it’s a mystical matter. While most of us begin focused on moral proficiency and perfection, we can’t spend our whole lives this way. Paul calls the first-half-of-life approach “the Law”;… Continue Reading The Performance Principle

Relinquishing Ego

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Relinquishing Ego Thursday, March 21, 2019 God’s seed is in us. If it were tended by a good, wise and industrious laborer, it would then flourish all the better, and would grow up to God, whose seed it is, and its fruits would be like God’s own nature. The seed… Continue Reading Relinquishing Ego

Individuation

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Individuation Wednesday, March 20, 2019 I first learned about the two halves of life from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875–1961). Today we’ll hear from a Jungian analyst, James Hollis, who is saying the same thing I am trying to say, but better. Hollis writes: The second half of life presents… Continue Reading Individuation

In Need of Guidance

Growing in Christ: Week 1 In Need of Guidance Tuesday, March 19, 2019 There’s a somewhat overlooked passage in the middle of Romans where Paul says, “The only thing that counts is not what human beings want or try to do [that’s the first half of life], but the mercy of God [that’s the second… Continue Reading In Need of Guidance

The Container and the Contents

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Container and the Contents Monday, March 18, 2019 Theologically and objectively speaking, we are created in union with God from the beginning (e.g., Ephesians 1:3-9). But it is hard for us to believe or experience this without a healthy ego and boundaries. Thus, the first part of the spiritual… Continue Reading The Container and the Contents

The Task within the Task

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Task within the Task Sunday, March 17, 2019 Religion and various models of human development seem to suggest there are two major tasks for each human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was… Continue Reading The Task within the Task

Unfolding Creation

Christ in Evolution Unfolding Creation Sunday, March 10, 2019 God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. “Now I am making the whole of creation new, . . . It is already done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning… Continue Reading Unfolding Creation

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

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