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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

Politics: Week 1 Summary

Politics: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 8-Friday, July 13, 2018 The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum. To be a faith leader is to connect the inner and outer worlds. (Sunday) There is no such thing as being non-political. Everything we say or do either affirms or… Continue Reading Politics: Week 1 Summary

Blessed Are the Persecuted

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Persecuted Thursday, February 8, 2018 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of justice: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. —Matthew 5:10 I guess we should not be surprised that this Beatitude follows the previous ones. The first and last Beatitudes are present tense:… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Persecuted

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit Tuesday, January 30, 2018 The Sermon on the Mount is the very blueprint for Christian lifestyle, and most scholars see it as the best summary of Jesus’ teaching. But we can’t understand this wisdom with the rational, dualistic mind; in fact, we will… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

The Realm of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 The Realm of God Friday, January 26, 2018 Jesus clearly says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Luke 17:21) or “at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). This realm appears to be his singular and constant message. Without this utterly new and absolute frame of reference, it is hard to know… Continue Reading The Realm of God

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… Continue Reading To Know God Is to Love God

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… Continue Reading Jesus’ Alternative Reality

Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Simplicity Summary: Sunday, October 2-Friday, October 7, 2016 I believe that a kind of second simplicity is the very goal of mature adulthood and mature religion. (Sunday) “This amazing simplification comes when we ‘center down,’ when life is lived with singleness of eye, from a holy Center where the breath and stillness of Eternity are… Continue Reading Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Where You Can’t Be Bought Off

Simplicity Where You Can’t Be Bought Off Friday, October 7, 2016 When Francis said, after kissing the leper, “I left the world,” he was saying that he was giving up on the usual payoffs, constraints, and rewards of business-as-usual and was choosing to live in the largest Kingdom of all. To pray and actually mean… Continue Reading Where You Can’t Be Bought Off

Truth is One

Simplicity Truth is One Monday, October 3, 2016 Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941), a Quaker missionary, wrote a slender spiritual classic called A Testament of Devotion. I will quote him at length, and you will see another example of perennial wisdom. We are obviously being taught by the One Spirit. Here is Kelly’s powerful description of… Continue Reading Truth is One

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