Tag Archives: Marcus Borg

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

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… Continue Reading In Imitation of God

Jesus and Buddha

Interfaith Friendship Jesus and Buddha Friday, December 8, 2017 In his book Jesus and Buddha, New Testament theologian Marcus Borg (1942-2015) highlights numerous sayings in the teachings of Jesus that are strikingly similar, if not identical, to the teachings of the Buddha who lived some six centuries earlier. There have been some attempts to explain… Continue Reading Jesus and Buddha

Mother God

God as Us: Week 1 Mother God Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Why does it matter whether our image of God is masculine or feminine or even a non-binary gender? One reason is that it makes it easier for us to recognize the divine in us, whatever our gender. When we over-emphasize masculine traits of the… Continue Reading Mother God

Sophia: Wisdom of God

God as Us: Week 1 Sophia: Wisdom of God Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Theologian Marcus Borg’s study of Scripture reveals many female metaphors for God. Here he shows how God’s wisdom was invariably presented as a woman: The most fully developed female biblical image for God is in the wisdom literature of ancient Israel—in Proverbs… Continue Reading Sophia: Wisdom of God

Images of God

God as Us: Week Images of God Monday, November 6, 2017 In the image of God they were created, male and female God created them. —Genesis 1:27 We are sacred images or incarnations of God. Some might wonder if it’s appropriate to apply the term sacred to gender. What makes anything “sacred” anyway? When we… Continue Reading Images of God

Substitutionary Atonement

Salvation as At-One-Ment Substitutionary Atonement Sunday, July 23, 2017 This week we will look more closely at some Christian beliefs that have caused a great deal of damage, namely substitutionary atonement “theories.” These views have dominated Christianity over the past century, but it wasn’t always that way. Theologian Marcus Borg (1942-2015) points out that the… Continue Reading Substitutionary Atonement

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