Meeting the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus changed everything for Paul. He experienced the great paradox that the crucified Jesus was in fact alive!
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This is the season for a Psalm. These sacred songs, or poems to be sung, have been voiced over millennia, echoing emotions that reflect living life in all its fullness.
For millennia, God’s voice echoes the call to live gently on the earth, with righteous justice and peace-filled relationships.
It’s only when we find ourselves in God, and live and see through God’s eyes that ‘everything belongs.’
Trust and hope are two words we have heard a great deal in recent times, and I am sure that they will be priority words in the election seasons ahead.
The Christian belief in the Trinity says that God is absolute relatedness. God is our word for the ultimate ecosystem that holds all things in positive relationship (see Colossians 1:17).
We can fully understand Simon’s point of view (Luke 5:1-11) – he has been out all night and is completely exhausted, and Jesus asks him to put out into the deep water and give it a go!
Chosen and known, loved and understood. Before we even enter this world, we are cherished by God. Such good news!
The absolute religious genius of Jesus is that he utterly refuses all debt codes, purity codes, religious quarantines, and the searching for sinners. He refuses the very starting point of historic religions. He refuses to divide the world into the pure and the impure, much to the chagrin of almost everybody—then and now.
Author and Center for Action and Contemplation teacher Brian McLaren understands Jesus’ mother Mary as an example for all of us to find a larger hope by surrendering our lives to God. Here he comments on Luke’s Gospel and offers an Advent practice inspired by Mary ...
Prayer is in many ways the criterion of Christian life.
The theological virtue of hope keeps the field of life wide open and especially open to grace and to a future created by God rather than ourselves.
Some of the most exciting and fruitful thought in recent theology can be described as the ‘turn toward participation.’
What the ego hates more than anything else is to change—even when the present situation is not working or is horrible.
Jesus’ message of ‘full and final participation’ was periodically enjoyed and taught by many unknown saints and mystics. It must be admitted, though, that the vast majority of Christians made Christianity into a set of morals and rituals instead of an all-embracing mysticism of the present moment.
Social Influencers are not a new phenomenon. Even Jesus outed ‘Influencers’ in his time, even the ‘teachers of the Law.’
On a more negative side, Paul says, ‘You’re all sinners’ (Romans 3:23), ‘You’re slaves to the flesh’ (Romans 6:20), and ‘Your sinful passions bring death,’ (Romans 7:5).
In the midst of confusion, and the bustling and babbling of life around me, I, too, have cried out in anxiety, then courage, seeking direction, connection, and help.
In Mark 10:35-45, James and John’s sense of entitlement seems quite extraordinary. They may have listened to Jesus’ teachings, but not ‘heard’ the truth deep in their souls.
Paul uses several different words for love, but for the Great Love we fall into, the Great Self with the big S, the God Self, he uses the word ‘agape.’