Tag Archives: Paul

Dynamic Unity

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Dynamic Unity Sunday, April 2, 2017 Paul tried unceasingly to demonstrate “that Jesus was the Christ” (Acts 9:22). This synthesis is the heart of Paul’s conversion experience. Paul did not think he was abandoning his Jewish faith, but rather finding its universal dimension in this “Mystery of Christ,” as he Read More »

Trinity: Week 2 Summary

Trinity: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, September 18-Friday, September 23, 2016 Divine knowing—some would call it spiritual intuition—is actually an allowing of Someone Else to know in us, through us, for us, and even as us. (Sunday) The divine flow either flows both in and out, or it is not flowing at all. (Monday) The Trinity Read More »

Participatory Knowing

Trinity: Week 2 Participatory Knowing Sunday, September 18, 2016 All authentic knowledge of God is participatory. I must say this directly and clearly because it is a very different way of knowing reality—and it should be the unique, open-horizoned gift of people of faith. But Christians have almost entirely lost this way of knowing, ever Read More »

Big Life Includes Small Deaths

Spirituality of Letting Go: Week 2 Big Life Includes Small Deaths Friday, September 9, 2016 All the world can give us is small thinking, a small mind. But small mind, without the unitive experience of big mind, makes us feel unbearably alone. We feel lost, existentially guilty, and often fragile and powerless. A lot of Read More »

The Third Way

Paradox The Third Way Friday, August 26, 2016 Paul is a marvelous dialectical teacher. The word dialectic originally referred to the Greek art of debate. A dialectic (different than our political debates) does not move forward by either/or thinking. It’s when you play the two off of one another and then come to a tertium Read More »

Beginning with Yes

True Self/False Self: Week 2 Beginning with Yes Friday, August 12, 2016 The great wisdom teachers and mystics say in various ways that you cannot truly see or understand anything if you begin with a no. You have to start with a yes of basic acceptance, which means you do not too quickly label, analyze, Read More »

A Point of Nothingness

True Self/False Self: Week 1 A Point of Nothingness Friday, August 5, 2016 Today we continue with Thomas Merton’s description of the True Self as written following his “conversion” at Fourth and Walnut. It is so inspired, I want to quote it at length: At the center of our being is a point of nothingness Read More »

The Last Will Be First

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 The Last Will Be First Sunday, July 17, 2016 The message of falling down is very counter-intuitive, yet it is found in most of the world’s religions, especially Christianity. We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. That might just be the central lesson of how Read More »

Human Development in Scripture

Two Halves of Life: Week 2 Human Development in Scripture Wednesday, June 22, 2016 It is helpful for us to know about the whole arc of life and where it is tending and leading. Walter Brueggemann, one of my favorite scripture scholars, brilliantly connected the development of the Hebrew Scriptures with the development of human Read More »

In Need of Guidance

Two Halves of Life: Week 1 In Need of Guidance Thursday, June 16, 2016 There’s a somewhat overlooked passage in the middle of Romans where Paul says, “The only thing that counts is not what human beings want or try to do [that’s the first half of life], but the mercy of God [that’s the Read More »

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