Continuing from last week, we pick up the refrain that has been recurring throughout this lesson… Yes, it is our way – to lose our way. But is just as much our way – to find it again. We pick up after Wesley and the Holiness folks paved the way for firsthand spirituality. We see […]

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As we’ve seen, we Christians – we lose our way!  All the time. Again and again.  Bummer. But it is just as much a part of our tradition – to find our way again when we lose it. And today is no exception. We have really lost our way! But across the planet, a movement […]

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The Holy Spirit: How We Lose Our Way (7)

It’s a lesson about good news – and the bad news. The bad news: we’ve been really successful as a religious tradition. The good news: not so much any more. Picking up where we left off before our community meeting last week. It turns out in Christian history, that when we are afforded privilege and status – […]

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The Holy Spirit: How We Lose Our Way (6)

You’ve heard the expression: “nothing breeds success like success.” In the case of spiritual acumen, that might not be so. In that case, it could be said that nothing breeds failure – like success. Surprised?  Have a listen, Doug  

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Here is a quote from Richard Rohr: The Perennial Tradition encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say: There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things, There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality, […]

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The Holy Spirit and Normalizing Mysticism (4)

If we would participate in the movement afoot in our world today – to move from secondhand, institutional religion to firsthand, direct-encounter spirituality – then it would behoove us to pay attention to the mystics in our tradition. We’ve tended to honor them only after they’re gone. “The only good mystic is a dead one.” In […]

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Life is messy. Institutional, organized religion would prefer we ignore that inconvenient reality. Institutions work so much better when truth is fixed and expectations are normalized. But organized religion is in trouble. And truth – and wisdom – and the sources we search to find them – just don’t lend themselves to the tidiness organized […]

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In this second lesson on rethinking the Holy Spirit, we examine a couple of developmental models of the spiritual journey – and how they speak to our need to become skilled in discerning and dancing with the Inner Spirit of God. Weird words, I know. But hang in there. Turns out, there is deep within […]

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Of all the religious-jargon sounding parts of our tradition, the term “The Holy Spirit” is right up near the top of the list. We know it’s religious (the words “holy” and “spirit” are right in it). But what does it mean? “Spirit,” by the very nature of the word is ephemeral at best. Is there […]

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This Moment In Time (3)

The poet Shelly tells a story of Ozymandius, great Egyptian pharaoh whose inscription from the sands of the desert, “look upon my works and despair,” acts as a morality tale for the rest of us. Finding significance in accomplishment is a fool’s errand. So is any other source of significance says the author of Ecclesiastes. If […]

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This Moment in Time (2)

At this moment in history, Western civilization is reinventing society – and religion – to match our newly emerging worldview. This lesson hits on a bit of how that looks for the Christian church. Have a listen, Doug  

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This Moment in Time (1)

We begin a new lesson today about how this moment in history is playing out in the Christian church. It will be a peek beneath the surface of what we can see happening, and will begin questioning why it is happening. Consequently, this first introductory lesson is pretty out there. For goodness sake, I’m talking about […]

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A Christian Church for the Quantum Era (3)

I was all set to move on to the next in a cluster of lessons around the theme: “Quantum Christianity.” However, some really great questions came up on our “How’s Your Soul?” Facebook page. “Doug, how can you say what you said last week, Doug, and still be Christian? “How can people who don’t lay […]

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A Christian Church for the Quantum Era (2)

At our community meeting earlier this year, we reviewed what we do and why we do it. Being “A Christian Church for the Quantum Era,”  we said, is our most basic purpose. Today we pick up where we left off two weeks ago (before Tripp Fuller our guest speaker). We began with the question, “why Christian?” […]

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A Christian Church for the Quantum Era (1)

At last week’s community meeting we reviewed what we do and why we do it.  Being “A Christian Church for the Quantum Era,”  we said, is our most basic purpose. Today we begin a series of lessons talking together about what that means.  First up,  why “Christian?” That word has such negative connotations these days, […]

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