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Jesus and the Universal Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Jesus and the Universal Christ Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today Barbara Holmes shares the benefits of believing in a God who is both personal (Jesus) and universal (Christ). [As an African American woman,] I grew up with a preference for the flesh and blood divinity of Jesus because of the suffering,… Continue Reading Jesus and the Universal Christ

Expanding Our Capacity to Love

Unveiling the Universal Christ Expanding Our Capacity to Love Wednesday, August 25, 2021 To be loved by Jesus enlarges our heart capacity. To be loved by the Christ enlarges our mental capacity. We need both a Jesus and a Christ, in my opinion, to get the full picture. A truly transformative God—for both the individual… Continue Reading Expanding Our Capacity to Love

A Theology of Making

Finding God in the Arts A Theology of Making Wednesday, August 18, 2021 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing for me. . . . She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” (Mark 14:6, 8) I am struck by the deep… Continue Reading A Theology of Making

An Appreciation for Art

Finding God in the Arts An Appreciation for Art Sunday, August 15, 2021 I’ve always loved beauty and art. When I was on the road and I would have an afternoon off after a conference, I would almost always go to the local art museum. It was a contemplative practice and something I could do… Continue Reading An Appreciation for Art

Good and Bad Power: Weekly Summary

Good and Bad Power Saturday, August 14, 2021 Week Thirty-Two Summary and Practice Sunday, August 8—Friday, August 13, 2021 Sunday Once we come into contact with the Holy Spirit, our Inner Source, we become living icons of true, humble, and confident power. Monday When we haven’t experienced or don’t trust our God-given “power within,” we… Continue Reading Good and Bad Power: Weekly Summary

No Domination in God

Good and Bad Power No Domination in God Friday, August 13, 2021 Jesus seems to recognize that it’s either a world of domination or it’s a world of love. To understand Jesus’ paradigm of love, though, we must first understand the Trinity in whose image God says “Let us create” (Genesis 1:26)! The Trinitarian God… Continue Reading No Domination in God

Letting Go of Power

Good and Bad Power Letting Go of Power Thursday, August 12, 2021 In her book The Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault describes how Jesus modeled the path of kenosis. Taken from the Greek word in Paul’s letter to the Philippians (2:5–9­), it means to “let go” or “to empty oneself.” In Jesus, this self-emptying pattern revealed… Continue Reading Letting Go of Power

A Communion Paradigm

Good and Bad Power A Communion Paradigm Wednesday, August 11, 2021 The contemplative theologian Beatrice Bruteau explores how Jesus took his intimate experience of Trinitarian love and empowerment into his ministry. Of course, when we read the Gospels and the New Testament, we see how difficult it was for even Jesus’ earliest followers to follow… Continue Reading A Communion Paradigm

Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

Everybody Grieves Vulnerability: A Divine Condition Sunday, August 1, 2021 We live in a finite world where everything is dying, shedding its strength. This is hard to accept, and all our lives we look for exceptions to it. We look for something certain, strong, undying, and infinite. Religion tells us that the “something” for which… Continue Reading Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

The Sermon on the Mount: Weekly Summary

The Sermon on the Mount Saturday, July 24, 2021 Week Twenty-Nine Summary and Practice Sunday, July 18—Friday, July 23, 2021 Sunday We must be honest and admit that most of Christianity has focused very little on what Jesus himself taught and spent most of his time doing: healing people, doing acts of justice and inclusion,… Continue Reading The Sermon on the Mount: Weekly Summary

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