Tag Archives: Reign of God

The Eternal Now

Heaven Now The Eternal Now Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Jesus’ primary metaphors for the Eternal Now are “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven.” He is not talking about a far-off celestial heaven. “Look around you, look at the fields; already they are ready for harvest! Already the reaper is being paid his… Continue Reading The Eternal Now

Jesus’ Passion

Jesus’ Death Jesus’ Passion Friday, April 19, 2019 Good Friday Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan continue reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ death: Jesus was not simply an unfortunate victim of a domination system’s brutality. He was also a protagonist filled with passion. His passion, his message, was about the kingdom of God. He… Continue Reading Jesus’ Passion

The Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher The Kingdom of Heaven Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. Throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus uses one particular phrase repeatedly: “the Kingdom of Heaven.” The words stand out everywhere. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like this,” “The Kingdom of… Continue Reading The Kingdom of Heaven

Patience

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Patience Friday, January 4, 2019 The New Testament shows history working in a way that is both evolutionary and positive. See, for example, Jesus’ many parables of the Kingdom, which lean heavily on the language of growth and development. He uses metaphors of the seed, the maturing ear of corn,… Continue Reading Patience

Politics: Week 1 Summary

Politics: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 8-Friday, July 13, 2018 The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum. To be a faith leader is to connect the inner and outer worlds. (Sunday) There is no such thing as being non-political. Everything we say or do either affirms or… Continue Reading Politics: Week 1 Summary

Inalienable Rights

Economy: Week 1 Inalienable Rights Monday, June 25, 2018 No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. —Matthew 6:24 In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus critiques and reorders the values… Continue Reading Inalienable Rights

Justice with Peace

Justice: Week 1 Justice with Peace Wednesday, June 13, 2018 If you want peace, work for justice. —Pope Paul VI [1] Jack Jezreel, the founder of JustFaith Ministries, writes about six crucial ingredients for Christianity to be an effective force for peace and justice, “peace with justice, justice with peace.” Today we’ll explore the first… Continue Reading Justice with Peace

Blessed Are the Persecuted

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Persecuted Thursday, February 8, 2018 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of justice: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. —Matthew 5:10 I guess we should not be surprised that this Beatitude follows the previous ones. The first and last Beatitudes are present tense:… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Persecuted

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit Tuesday, January 30, 2018 The Sermon on the Mount is the very blueprint for Christian lifestyle, and most scholars see it as the best summary of Jesus’ teaching. But we can’t understand this wisdom with the rational, dualistic mind; in fact, we will… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

The Realm of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 The Realm of God Friday, January 26, 2018 Jesus clearly says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Luke 17:21) or “at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). This realm appears to be his singular and constant message. Without this utterly new and absolute frame of reference, it is hard to know… Continue Reading The Realm of God

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