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Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Saturday, July 17, 2021 Week Twenty-Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, July 11—Friday, July 16, 2021 Sunday The diverse methods of contemplation are the many varied, fruitful, and life-giving practices and ways of praying that are nourished from the same root—the Sacred Presence. Monday Jesus said, “Judge not and you shall not… Continue Reading Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Stirring the Imagination, Shaking the Unconscious

Apocalyptic Hope Stirring the Imagination, Shaking the Unconscious Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Let’s further distinguish the character of apocalyptic literature from prophetic literature in the Bible. Since the Western mind is literal and analytic, it usually misunderstood both types of literature. We viewed apocalypse as threatening and prophecy as foretelling, and our understanding of both… Continue Reading Stirring the Imagination, Shaking the Unconscious

Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Prophetic Imagination Saturday, March 27, 2021 Week Twelve Summary and Practice March 21—March 26, 2021 Sunday Moses had the prescience and courage to move the place of hearing God outside and at a distance from the court of common religious and civic opinion—this was the original genius that inspired the entire Jewish prophetic tradition. Monday… Continue Reading Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Joining the Prophetic Chorus

Prophetic Imagination Joining the Prophetic Chorus Friday, March 26, 2021 While the most well-known Hebrew prophets are presumably male, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, the Bible also contains little-known women prophets such as Deborah (Judges 4:4–5), Huldah (2 Kings 22) and Anna (mentioned in Luke 2:36). Rabbi Tikva Frymer-Kensky shares one example of this… Continue Reading Joining the Prophetic Chorus

Envisioning a New World

Prophetic Imagination Envisioning a New World Thursday, March 25, 2021 One of the most prominent prophets in recent American history is Martin Luther King Jr. Like the prophets of Israel, he saw not just what was wrong with his nation, but how it might be restored to the promise upon which it was founded. The… Continue Reading Envisioning a New World

Prophets as Poets

Prophetic Imagination Prophets as Poets Wednesday, March 24, 2021 One of the great scholars of the Jewish scriptures was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972). In his in-depth study of the Hebrew prophets, he included this description of the prophets which is really rather surprising. We often think of prophets as scolds, rather judgmental and cranky,… Continue Reading Prophets as Poets

A Positive Vision

Prophetic Imagination A Positive Vision Tuesday, March 23, 2021 The starting point for the prophets’ imagination is an amazing, positive experience of God. Their divine encounter fills their heart not with cynicism, not with sarcasm, not with negativity, not with opposition, but with an ecstasy that has to be shared. That one experience of the… Continue Reading A Positive Vision

The Path of the Fall

Prophetic Imagination The Path of the Fall Monday, March 22, 2021 In spirituality, there are basically two paths, what I’ve called the path of the fall and the path of the return. The path of return has been the message of the priestly class. True priests talk of religion, communion, love, transcendence, connecting this world… Continue Reading The Path of the Fall

On the Edge of the Inside

Prophetic Imagination On the Edge of the Inside Sunday, March 21, 2021 In the fall of 2020, I began sending out occasional letters that I called “Letters from Outside the Camp,” a reference to the many usages of “outside the camp” in the Hebrew Bible. It is a prophetic position “on the edge of the… Continue Reading On the Edge of the Inside

Learning How to See: Weekly Summary

Learning How to See Saturday, March 6, 2021 Summary and Practice Sunday, February 28—Friday, March 5, 2021 Sunday One of the keys to wisdom is that we must recognize our own biases, our own addictive preoccupations, and those things to which, for some reason, we refuse to pay attention. Monday People can’t see what they… Continue Reading Learning How to See: Weekly Summary

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