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God Is Relationship

Trinity: Part 1 God Is Relationship Thursday, May 9, 2019 We owe a great deal of Western thinking to the Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle (384–322 BCE). Aristotle taught that there were ten different qualities to all things, including “substance” and “relationship.” Substance is that which is “independent” of all else and can stand on… Continue Reading God Is Relationship

Divinization

Heaven Now Divinization Monday, April 29, 2019 If we could glimpse the panoramic view of the biblical revelation and the Big Picture of which we’re a part, we’d see how God is forever evolving human consciousness, making us collectively ever more ready for God. The Hebrew prophets and many Catholic and Sufi mystics used words… Continue Reading Divinization

Collective Evolution

Christ in Evolution Collective Evolution Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Today we continue gleaning insights Louis Savary has drawn from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: The success of God’s plan for creation depends on [our] conscious and creative activity to keep the divine plan evolving and developing in the direction God wants for creation. In the past,… Continue Reading Collective Evolution

The Pattern of Evolution

Christ in Evolution The Pattern of Evolution Monday, March 11, 2019 Perhaps the reason it is so hard for us to see the evolution of the Cosmic Christ in our individual lives and in the arc of history is that this groaning and this giving birth (see Romans 8:22) proceeds by a process of losses and… Continue Reading The Pattern of Evolution

A Bigger Story

Christ in Paul’s Eyes A Bigger Story Friday, March 1, 2019 To legitimate our religion’s status in the Roman Empire, Christians felt that we had to prove that Jesus was independently divine. After the Council of Nicaea (325), Jesus was said to be “consubstantial” with God, and after the Council of Chalcedon (451), the church… Continue Reading A Bigger Story

In Christ

Christ in Paul’s Eyes In Christ Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Paul summarizes his corporate understanding of salvation with his shorthand phrase “en Cristo,” using it more than any single phrase in all of his letters (over 100 times). En Cristo seems to be Paul’s code phrase for the gracious, participatory experience of salvation “from the… Continue Reading In Christ

Coincidence of Opposites

Jesus and the Cross Coincidence of Opposites Thursday, February 7, 2019 The Divine Mind transforms all human suffering by identifying completely with the human predicament and standing in full solidarity with it from beginning to end. This is the real meaning of the crucifixion. The cross is not just a singular event. It’s a statement… Continue Reading Coincidence of Opposites

Substitutionary Atonement

Jesus and the Cross Substitutionary Atonement Sunday, February 3, 2019 For most of church history, no single consensus prevailed on what Christians mean when we say, “Jesus died for our sins.” But in recent centuries, one theory did become mainstream. It is often referred to as the “penal substitutionary atonement theory,” especially once it was… Continue Reading Substitutionary Atonement

Fully Human, Fully Divine

Jesus: Human and Divine Fully Human, Fully Divine Friday, February 1, 2019 Francis of Assisi emphasized an imitation and love of the humanity of Jesus, without needing to first “prove” or worship his divinity (which Jesus never told us to do). In most of Christian history we have emphasized the divinity, omnipotence, omniscience, and “almightiness”… Continue Reading Fully Human, Fully Divine

New Wineskins

Following Jesus New Wineskins Sunday, January 20, 2019 Jesus said, “People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” —Matthew 9:17 Christians have often preached a Gospel largely comprised of… Continue Reading New Wineskins

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