Tag Archives: Presence

Coherence and Belonging

Christ Since the Beginning Coherence and Belonging Tuesday, February 19, 2019 The kind of wholeness I’m describing as the Universal Christ is a forgotten treasure of the Christian Tradition that our postmodern world no longer enjoys and even vigorously denies. I always wonder why, after the rise of rationalism in the Enlightenment, Westerners would prefer… Continue Reading Coherence and Belonging

Personal and Universal

Jesus and Christ Personal and Universal Friday, February 15, 2019 A truly transformative God—for both the individual and all of history—needs to be experienced as personal and universal. Nothing less will fully work. If the overly personal (even sentimental) image of Jesus has shown itself to have severe limitations and problems, it is because this… Continue Reading Personal and Universal

The Unnamable One

Jesus and Christ The Unnamable One Thursday, February 14, 2019 The only people that Jesus seemed to exclude were precisely those who refused to know they were ordinary sinners like everyone else. The only thing he excluded was exclusion itself. Think about what this means for everything we sense and know about God. After the… Continue Reading The Unnamable One

Christ Is Risen

Jesus and Christ Christ Is Risen Sunday, February 10, 2019 I am making the whole of creation new. . . . It will come true. . . . It is already done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. —Revelation 21:5-6 Who is speaking here at the very end of… Continue Reading Christ Is Risen

Jesus: Human and Divine: Weekly Summary

Jesus: Human and Divine Summary: Sunday, January 27-Friday, February 1, 2019 If Jesus is at once God and human, that means as believers we cannot refer to Jesus as God without qualifying that: “God in human form.” We also cannot refer to Jesus as human only without qualifying that: “the human incarnation of God.” —Amos… Continue Reading Jesus: Human and Divine: Weekly Summary

Image and Likeness: Summary: Weekly Summary

Image and Likeness: Summary Summary: Sunday, December 23-Friday, December 28, 2018 When we see the image of God where we are not accustomed to seeing the image of God, then we see with eyes not our own. (Sunday) The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine… Continue Reading Image and Likeness: Summary: Weekly Summary

Seeing the Divine Image Everywhere

Image and Likeness: Summary Seeing the Divine Image Everywhere Sunday, December 23, 2018 We cannot earn God. We cannot prove ourselves worthy of God. Knowing God’s presence is simply a matter of awareness, of enjoying the now, of deepening one’s own presence. There are moments when it happens. Then life makes sense. Once I can… Continue Reading Seeing the Divine Image Everywhere

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, December 16-Friday, December 21, 2018 The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs. If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited. If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is extremely… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

Perceiving Reality

Contemplation: Week 2 Perceiving Reality Tuesday, December 18, 2018 All forms of contemplation share the same goal: to help us see through the deceptions of self and world in order to get in touch with what Howard Thurman called “the sound of the genuine” within us and around us. Contemplation does not need to be… Continue Reading Perceiving Reality

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, December 9-Friday, December 14, 2018 Contemplation is an exercise in openness, in keeping all three spaces open: heart, mind, and body. (Sunday) Contemplation is the highest expression of [human] intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. —Thomas Merton… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

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