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Church: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Church: Old and New Summary: Sunday, October 27—Friday, November 1, 2019 With each rebirth, Christianity becomes more inclusive and universal, as it was always meant to be. (Sunday) I believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. (Monday) [Christ’s] time seems to stretch to eternity and… Continue Reading Church: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Distilled Wisdom

The Perennial Tradition Distilled Wisdom Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Today, as we continue to reflect on the Perennial Tradition, we hear from John Esposito, Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. [The understandings of the] movement, often referred to as the Perennial Philosophy… Continue Reading Distilled Wisdom

Beginner’s Mind

Jesus and the Bible Beginner’s Mind Friday, January 11, 2019 I’d like to offer some spiritual advice so that you can read Scripture the way that Jesus did and use it for good purposes. Offer a prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit before you make your interpretation of an important text. With an open… Continue Reading Beginner’s Mind

The Law Says . . . But I Say

Jesus and the Bible The Law Says . . . But I Say Thursday, January 10, 2019 Today we will continue looking at the way Jesus used the Scriptures with some specific examples: He openly disagrees with Scriptures that emphasize non-essentials and “mere human commandments” that made their way into what are presented as divine… Continue Reading The Law Says . . . But I Say

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

Midrash

Jesus and the Bible Midrash Monday, January 7, 2019 More than telling us exactly what to see in the Scriptures, Jesus taught us how to see, what to emphasize, and also what could be de-emphasized or ignored. Beyond fundamentalism or literalism, Jesus practiced a form that the Jewish people called midrash, consistently using questions to keep spiritual meanings open, often reflecting… Continue Reading Midrash

What Do We Do with the Bible?

Jesus and the Bible What Do We Do with the Bible? Sunday, January 6, 2019 Epiphany For all its inspiration, for all the lives it has changed, the Bible is undeniably problematic. Put in the hands of egocentric, unloving, or power-hungry people or those who have never learned how to read spiritually inspired literature, it… Continue Reading What Do We Do with the Bible?

Mythos and Logos

Creation: Week 1 Mythos and Logos Monday, February 12, 2018 The Judeo-Christian creation story is told in the form of a cosmic poem (Genesis 1). The realm of myth, art, and poetry can heal and create coherence, connection, and deep trust for the human psyche much better than prose that “tells it like it is.”… Continue Reading Mythos and Logos

How Jesus Interpreted Scripture

Scripture How Jesus Interpreted Scripture Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Biblical messages often proceed from historical incidents, but the actual message does not depend upon communicating those events with perfect factual accuracy. Any good writer knows that! Spiritual writers are not primarily journalists. Hebrew rabbis and scholars sometimes used an approach called midrash in which they… Continue Reading How Jesus Interpreted Scripture

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