Tag Archives: YHWH

Covenant Love

Law and Grace Covenant Love Friday, May 26, 2017 YHWH, YHWH, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and abounding in faithfulness. For the thousandth generation, YHWH maintains his kindness, forgiving all our faults, transgressions, and sins. —Exodus 34:6-7 In this marvelous early affirmation, we have, in the words of Read More »

Implanted Desire

Law and Grace Implanted Desire Thursday, May 25, 2017 We first see the idea of grace in the Hebrew Scriptures through the concept of election or chosenness. This is eventually called “covenant love” because it finally becomes a mutual giving and receiving. This love is always initiated from YHWH’s side toward the people of Israel, Read More »

The Evolution of the Temple

The Apostle Paul The Evolution of the Temple Sunday, May 14, 2017 The brilliant Anglican theologian, N. T. Wright, concludes that we have largely missed Paul’s major theme. [1] After Luther, many thought Paul’s great idea was “justification by faith” (Protestants) versus “works righteousness” (Catholics). It makes a nice dualistic split, but Wright believes the Read More »

Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Contemplation Summary: Sunday, February 5-Friday, February 10, 2017 We cannot have a private contemplative practice without engaged community. We must not withdraw to a private, isolated spirituality in which we do our contemplative sit each day and ignore the pain of the world. (Sunday) The capacity for nondual seeing that is developed through contemplation allows Read More »

God Is Good

Experience God Is Good Monday, January 23, 2017 In most ancient religions on every inhabited continent, God was seen to be “controllable” through some form of sacrifice, even fellow humans. Around the time of Abraham, the sacrificial instinct was transferred from humans to animals (Genesis 22:13); ancient Hebrew and other religions sacrificed birds, goats, sheep, Read More »

The Stumbling Stone

Two Halves of Life: Week 1 The Stumbling Stone Tuesday, June 14, 2016 The transition from the first half of life to the second half often involves a stumbling stone. In Greek the word for stumbling block is skandalon, from which the English word scandal also comes. Originally, scandal expressed how you felt about yourself Read More »

Face to Face Knowing

Action and Contemplation: Week 2 Face to Face Knowing Sunday, May 15, 2016 Moses is the first person in the Bible who is spoken of as knowing God “face to face,” “who would speak with YHWH as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11). And yet the Exodus text also demonstrates how coming to Read More »

Participation: Week 1 Summary

Participation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, April 3-Friday, April 8, 2016 Contemplation can help us to know by participation in a Larger Knowing that many of us call God. (Sunday) The motivation, meaning, and inherent energy of any action come from its ultimate source, which is a person’s foundational and core vantage point. (Monday) Religion’s primary Read More »

Stories from the Bottom

Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Stories from the Bottom Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Most of political and church history has been controlled and written by people who have the access, the power, and the education to write books and get them published. One of the few subversive texts in history, believe it or not, Read More »

A School of Relationship

Scripture: Week 2 A School of Relationship Thursday, March 3, 2016 We all fear and avoid intimacy, it seems. It is too powerful and demands that we also “have faces,” that is, self-confidence, identity, dignity, and a certain courage to accept our own unique face. Once we accept and love ourselves, we must be willing Read More »

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