Tag Archives: meaning

The Meaning of Life

Mystic: Howard Thurman The Meaning of Life Sunday, July 21, 2019 In spite of all seeming evidence to the contrary, mystics know that God is love, and this love is both our source and our goal. I’d like you to recognize that it’s not just me saying these things. There are a great many theologians,… Continue Reading The Meaning of Life

Dying Before You Die: Weekly Summary

Dying Before You Die Summary: Sunday, March 31—Friday, April 5, 2019 Until we are led to the limits of our present game plan and find it to be insufficient, we will not search out or find our real Source. (Sunday) Contemplative practice might be five or twenty minutes of “dying,” of letting go of the… Continue Reading Dying Before You Die: Weekly Summary

The Christ Project

Christ in Evolution The Christ Project Tuesday, March 12, 2019 I’ve mentioned Pierre Teilhard de Chardin a couple times this week. I credit this Jesuit priest and paleontologist with helping me—and many others—grasp the universal, evolutionary nature of Christianity. He has been quoted by the last three Popes. Teilhard believed that both sin and salvation… Continue Reading The Christ Project

Unfolding Creation

Christ in Evolution Unfolding Creation Sunday, March 10, 2019 God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness. “Now I am making the whole of creation new, . . . It is already done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning… Continue Reading Unfolding Creation

A Bigger Story

Christ in Paul’s Eyes A Bigger Story Friday, March 1, 2019 To legitimate our religion’s status in the Roman Empire, Christians felt that we had to prove that Jesus was independently divine. After the Council of Nicaea (325), Jesus was said to be “consubstantial” with God, and after the Council of Chalcedon (451), the church… Continue Reading A Bigger Story

Midrash

Jesus and the Bible Midrash Monday, January 7, 2019 More than telling us exactly what to see in the Scriptures, Jesus taught us how to see, what to emphasize, and also what could be de-emphasized or ignored. Beyond fundamentalism or literalism, Jesus practiced a form that the Jewish people called midrash, consistently using questions to keep spiritual meanings open, often reflecting… Continue Reading Midrash

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Summary: Sunday, December 30, 2018-Friday, January 4, 2019 While there are unhelpful and even harmful parts of what has passed for Christianity that we need to move beyond, I believe there are many good, beautiful, and true gems well worth saving—and living. (Sunday) Jesus had the courage and clarity to… Continue Reading Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Searching for Meaning

Suffering: Week 1 Searching for Meaning Monday, October 15, 2018 During the next two weeks I will reflect on suffering and how we might recognize God’s image and likeness in people even—and perhaps especially—during hard times. Some of the greatest wisdom has come from those who experienced unspeakable trauma and harm. Holocaust survivor and respected… Continue Reading Searching for Meaning

Two Roles of Religion

Judaism Two Roles of Religion Sunday, August 26, 2018 The chief fruit of Old Testament spirituality was a long-term education that gradually weaned the Chosen People away from their narrow concept of God as one among many other Near Eastern gods to the Transcendent One. The monotheistic God is the great gift of Israel to… Continue Reading Two Roles of Religion

Go Deep in One Place

Thisness Go Deep in One Place Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Franciscan philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus’ idea of “thisness” mirrors Jesus leaving the ninety-nine sheep and going after the one (Luke 15:4). And, just like Jesus, Duns Scotus holds that precious, irreplaceable “one” fully inside a “commonwealth” or community, the Body of Christ. Duns Scotus does… Continue Reading Go Deep in One Place

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