Tag Archives: Paul

Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Community Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Living in community means living in such a way that others can access me and influence my life and that I can get “out of myself” and serve the lives of others. Community is a world where brotherliness and sisterliness are possible.… Continue Reading Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Church as Living Organism

Community Church as Living Organism Monday, May 7, 2018 The Apostle Paul’s teaching is deeply incarnational, yet this has often not been recognized. Paul sees that the Gospel message must have concrete embodiment, which he calls “churches.” Jesus’ first vision of church is so simple we miss it: “two or three gathered in my name”… Continue Reading Church as Living Organism

Universal Dignity

Human Bodies: Week 2 Universal Dignity Monday, April 9, 2018 If you can’t honor the Divine Indwelling—the presence of the Holy Spirit—within yourself, how could you see it in anybody else? You can’t. Like knows like. All awareness, enlightenment, aliveness, and transformation begins with recognizing that your own eternal DNA is both divine and unearned;… Continue Reading Universal Dignity

Flesh and Spirit

Human Bodies: Week 1 Flesh and Spirit Friday, April 6, 2018 The Apostle Paul tends to use dialectics in his writing, jockeying two seemingly opposite ideas to lead us to a deeper and third understanding. One of his most familiar dialectics is the way he speaks of flesh and spirit. Paul uses the word sarx,… Continue Reading Flesh and Spirit

Faith as Participation

Faith and Belief Faith as Participation Thursday, July 20, 2017 Many scholars have pointed out that what is usually translated in Paul’s letters as “faith in Christ” would be more accurately translated as “the faith of Christ.” It’s more than a change of prepositions. It means we are all participating—with varying degrees of resistance and consent—in the faith journey… Continue Reading Faith as Participation

Faith Expressed as Love

Faith and Belief Faith Expresses as Love Monday, July 17, 2017 Today Brian McLaren continues reflecting on faith and belief: We could say that Christian faith (like many other faiths) was an engine of human cultural evolution when it came on the scene. It introduced new beliefs into human consciousness that liberated millions from older… Continue Reading Faith Expressed as Love

The Purpose of the Law

Law and Grace The Purpose of the Law Monday, May 22, 2017 Why did Paul come to the subtle but crucial understanding of the limited and dangerous possibilities of law/requirements? Probably because Paul himself had been a man of the law, and he saw that it led him to “breathing threats to slaughter the Lord’s… Continue Reading The Purpose of the Law

Grace Must Win

Law and Grace Grace Must Win Sunday, May 21, 2017 The relationship between law and grace is a central issue for almost anyone involved in religion. Basically, it is the creative tension between religion as requirements and religion as transformation. Is God’s favor based on a performance principle (Law)? Or does religion work within an… Continue Reading Grace Must Win

The Apostle Paul: Weekly Summary

The Apostle Paul Summary: Sunday, May 14-Friday, May 19, 2017 Theologian N. T. Wright concludes that we have largely missed Paul’s major theme, which is the new temple of God is the human person. (Sunday) Paul brings a deep new sense of the inherent dignity of every human person. (Monday) Paul is forever the critic… Continue Reading The Apostle Paul: Weekly Summary

The Body of Christ

The Apostle Paul The Body of Christ Friday, May 19, 2017 Paul had a concrete missionary strategy of building living communities able to produce a visible and believable message. Yet for centuries we’ve interpreted his message as if he is speaking about individuals being privately “saved.” This has made Paul seem more like a mere… Continue Reading The Body of Christ

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