Tag Archives: Love

God’s First Idea

Christ Since the Beginning God’s First Idea Sunday, February 17, 2019 Have you ever wondered why creation happened in the first place? Or, like the old philosophical question, why is there anything instead of nothing? Many of the saints, mystics, and fathers and mothers of the church have said that God created because, frankly, God… Continue Reading God’s First Idea

A Bigger God

Jesus and the Cross A Bigger God Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Our predestination to glory is prior by nature to any notion of sin. —John Duns Scotus [1] The Franciscan School, led by such teachers as Duns Scotus, refused to see the Incarnation and its finale on the cross as a mere reaction to human… Continue Reading A Bigger God

Following Jesus: Weekly Summary

Following Jesus Summary: Sunday, January 20-Friday, January 25, 2019 We keep saying, “We love Jesus,” but it is more as a God-figure than someone to imitate. (Sunday) Throughout the first five centuries people understood Christianity primarily as a way of life in the present, not as a doctrinal system, esoteric belief, or promise of eternal… Continue Reading Following Jesus: Weekly Summary

Take Up Your Cross

Following Jesus Take Up Your Cross Friday, January 25, 2019 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” —Matthew 16:24 What does it mean to follow Jesus? I believe that we are invited to gaze upon the image of the crucified… Continue Reading Take Up Your Cross

People of the Way

Following Jesus People of the Way Monday, January 21, 2019 Church historian Diana Butler Bass has brought new light to forgotten or misconstrued elements of Christianity. Today I share some of her research on what early Christians thought it meant to follow Jesus: Throughout the first five centuries people understood Christianity primarily as a way… Continue Reading People of the Way

Oneness

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Oneness Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. When Jesus talks about Oneness, he is not speaking in an Eastern sense about an equivalency of being, such that I am in and of myself divine. Rather, what he has in… Continue Reading Oneness

Our Priority Is Love

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Our Priority Is Love Thursday, January 3, 2019 Brian McLaren, a dear friend and fellow public theologian, shares my concern and hope that Christianity can evolve. In his book The Great Spiritual Migration, he writes: For centuries, Christianity has been presented as a system of beliefs. That system of beliefs… Continue Reading Our Priority Is Love

Image and Likeness: Summary: Weekly Summary

Image and Likeness: Summary Summary: Sunday, December 23-Friday, December 28, 2018 When we see the image of God where we are not accustomed to seeing the image of God, then we see with eyes not our own. (Sunday) The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine… Continue Reading Image and Likeness: Summary: Weekly Summary

Trusting the Divine Image and Likeness

Image and Likeness: Summary Trusting the Divine Image and Likeness Wednesday, December 26, 2018 In the practical order, we find our Original Goodness, the image of God that we are, when we can discover and own the faith, hope, and love deeply planted within us: A trust in inner coherence itself. “It all means something!”… Continue Reading Trusting the Divine Image and Likeness

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, December 16-Friday, December 21, 2018 The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs. If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited. If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is extremely… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

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