Tag Archives: Paul

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

Life as Participation

The Apostle Paul Life as Participation Thursday, May 18, 2017 After conversion, you don’t look out at reality; you look out from reality. In other words, God is not “out there”: you are in God and God is in you. You are in the middle of Reality! You’re a part of it. It’s a mystery Read More »

Paul as Nondual Teacher

The Apostle Paul Paul as Nondual Teacher Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Meeting the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus changed everything for Paul. He experienced the great paradox that the crucified Jesus was in fact alive! And he, a “sinner,” was in fact chosen and beloved. This pushed Paul from the usual either/or, dualistic Read More »

Paul’s Conversion Experience

The Apostle Paul Paul’s Conversion Experience Tuesday, May 16, 2017 All of Paul’s major themes are contained in seed form in his conversion experience, of which there are three descriptions in Acts written by Luke (chapters 9, 22, and 26). Paul’s own account is in the first chapter of Galatians: “The Gospel which I preach Read More »

Universal Dignity in a Debauched Empire

The Apostle Paul Universal Dignity in a Debauched Empire Monday, May 15, 2017 Paul offers a theological and ontological foundation for human dignity and human flourishing that is inherent, universal, and indestructible by any evaluation of race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, education, or social position. He brings a deep new sense of the dignity Read More »

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