The Holy Spirit: We’re Finding Our Way Again (9)

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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The Holy Spirit: We’re Finding Our Way Again! (8)

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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2015 Community Meeting

We take a break from our current lesson for our annual community meeting. We cover what work we did in 2014 to make NRCC a healthier spiritual community, and why we did it. We also talk about how we’ll decide what work we’ll do in 2015 (and of course, why we will do it). To follow the […]

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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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The Holy Spirit and the Perennial Tradition (5)

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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The Holy Spirit and the Developmental Journey (2)

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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The Holy Spirit, Quarks, and Heisenberg (1)

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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Tough Questions About God

Each first Sunday for the balance of the year, we are having a lunch after church to discuss tough questions about our religious life. The project coincides with my book, Rethinking Our Story: Can We Still Be Christian in the Quantum Era? Today’s lesson is hopefully priming the “Hey! I have questions” pump to get […]

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Enneagram and Types Review

There are 9 Enneagram types and they are based on 9 sins (ways of “choking off the glory of God”). These have since been reduced to the 7 deadly sins. (Fear and deceit were left out from the 7 deadly sins) These 9 types are numbered 1 through 9 and are clustered into 3 clusters […]

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Revisiting Meditation – June 2014 (2)

A lot of people don’t meditate because they think they’re not very good at it. Who among us likes to start the day failing at something every morning?! But meditation (the mindfulness meditation we practice at NRCC) doesn’t work that way. Turns out, the only you can fail at centering prayer – is to not […]

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Revisiting Meditation – June 2014 (1)

My last child is about to leave for college (43 more days). As I’m getting him ready to go out the door, I feel a sense of “finals-week” pressure. I’ve got to review 18 years of really important stuff with him as he finishes up his last few days of childhood. He and I have […]

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Rethinking the Afterlife (7)

We conclude our lesson rethinking the afterlife with this — if it is true that the texts on which we built our afterlife narrative were not what we thought they were — shall we keep the afterlife as part of the Christian narrative? Yes, we conclude, but not the same story. Not the story we […]

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