Tag Archives: True Self

The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 The Essential Self and the Passing Self Wednesday, April 18, 2018 As I shared in my meditations on human bodies the last two weeks, Western Christianity owes our separation of body and spirit to Greek philosophy much more than to Scripture or Jesus. Social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu suggests that Plato… Continue Reading The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Flesh and Spirit

Human Bodies: Week 1 Flesh and Spirit Friday, April 6, 2018 The Apostle Paul tends to use dialectics in his writing, jockeying two seemingly opposite ideas to lead us to a deeper and third understanding. One of his most familiar dialectics is the way he speaks of flesh and spirit. Paul uses the word sarx,… Continue Reading Flesh and Spirit

The Further Journey

Growing in Love’s Likeness The Further Journey Wednesday, March 28, 2018 The journey into the second half of our own lives awaits us all. Yet not everyone embarks or continues on the journey, even though most of us get older. The “further journey” seems to be a well-kept secret. Many people do not even know… Continue Reading The Further Journey

True Self False Self

True Self False Self March 18, 2018 John 12: 20-33 Length: 11:08 Size: 15 MB Download “True Self False Self” MP3.

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

Growing and Waking Up

Introduction: Image and Likeness Growing and Waking Up Thursday, January 4, 2018 In the beginning, in our original unwoundedness (“innocence”), we lived in an unconscious state of full connection with the divine, like Adam and Eve walking naked in the garden with God. But it didn’t take long for us to think of ourselves as… Continue Reading Growing and Waking Up

In the Beginning and the End

Introduction: Image and Likeness In the Beginning and the End Sunday, December 31, 2017 God said, “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness.” —Genesis 1:26 Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. —Revelation 22:17 As we… Continue Reading In the Beginning and the End

From the Bottom Up: Summary: Weekly Summary

From the Bottom Up: Summary Summary: Sunday, December 24-Friday, December 29, 2017 Rather than coming from those in power at the top, the most effective and lasting change happens at the grass-roots level, led by those who are on the “edge of the inside” and are not dependent upon the status quo. (Sunday) Both Jesus… Continue Reading From the Bottom Up: Summary: Weekly Summary

The Search for the Real

Heaven The Search for the Real Wednesday, December 20, 2017 We are created with an inner restlessness that sends all of us looking for our True Self, whether we know it or not. There is a God-sized hole waiting to be filled. God creates the very dissatisfaction that finally only divine grace and love can… Continue Reading The Search for the Real

Letting Go of the False Self

Self-Emptying Letting Go of the False Self Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Meister Eckhart, the German Dominican mystic (c. 1260-c.1328), said that spirituality has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition. [1] Yet our culture, both secular and Christian, seems obsessed with addition: getting rich, becoming… Continue Reading Letting Go of the False Self

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