Tag Archives: Jesus

In Imitation of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 In Imitation of God Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg (1942-2015) significantly contributed to our new understanding of Jesus in his historical and cultural context. Today I’d like to share Borg’s insights on how Jesus pursued the imitatio dei (imitation of God) as his life’s Read More »

God Is Merciful and Gracious

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.” Read More »

At-One-Ment, Not Atonement

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 At-One-Ment, Not Atonement Sunday, January 21, 2018 The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Read More »

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 14-Friday, January 19, 2018 Simply put, God reveals God’s self to us through what unfolds as our life, along with every visible thing around us. (Sunday) In Jesus, God was given a face and a heart. God became someone we could love. (Monday) How we see Jesus Read More »

To Know God Is to Love God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 To Know God Is to Love God Friday, January 19, 2018 Jesus was a person radically centered in God, empowered by that relationship, and filled with God’s passion for the world—a passion that led to his execution and vindication. —Marcus Borg [1] Once the guiding vision of the Realm/Reign/Kingdom of Read More »

Jesus’ Alternative Reality

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Jesus’ Alternative Reality Thursday, January 18, 2018 I am told that there are three kinds of cultures in the Western world today, each with its own “bottom line”: political cultures based on the manipulation of power, economic cultures based on the manipulation of money, and religious cultures based on the Read More »

The Living Word of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 The Living Word of God Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Fundamentalism is a growing phenomenon, not only in Islam and other religions, but within Christianity as well. Fundamentalism refuses to listen to the deep levels of mythic, metaphorical, and mystical meaning. It is obsessed with literalism and exclusion. The egoic need Read More »

Who Was Jesus?

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Who Was Jesus? Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Jesus was from the peasant class. . . . His use of language was remarkable and poetic, filled with images and stories. . . . He was not an ascetic, but world-affirming, with a zest for life. There was a sociopolitical passion to Read More »

Love Needs a Face

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Love Needs a Face Monday, January 15, 2018 It was probably St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226) who first brought attention to the humanity of Jesus within organized Christianity. During its first thousand years, the Church was mainly concerned with proving that Jesus was God. Prior to St. Francis, paintings Read More »

God’s Self-Revelation

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 God’s Self-Revelation Sunday, January 14, 2018 For what can be known about God is perfectly plain, since God has made it plain.  Through everything God has created, people can clearly see God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature. So you have no excuse for not knowing God. —Romans 1:20 Read More »

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