We’re in the middle of a lesson on authentic spiritual community, but it’s Labor Day Sunday and many of us are traveling. So, rather than continue the lesson that’s building one week on the next, I thought I’d just do a stand-alone, kind-of-related lesson. It’s really just some comments about a devotional from the book […]
by Robin Camu John 15:4-5 (NASB): “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears […]
Today is a review of principles. A bit about how to live well in the world we find ourselves in; navigating the transition between the Enlightenment version of Christianity and the Quantum version. From a historical perspective, we're in the middle of an update to Christianity 5.0. There have been four major updates before the one we're in. Here are three tips for navigating the kind of tumult we find ourselves in.
Augustine is one of the main authors of our current doctrine of original sin. Sin is when a free person makes a bad decision that he/she shouldn't have made. Often we don't think enough about our decisions. We will worry about little sins but we don't address the sickness indemic to human beings "stuck in sin". Genesis 2 tells us about the creation of humans. We are composed of dust and the sweet smelling breath of God. But then sin came in to the picture and it brought in a "contagion" that in many ways makes us like we are
Doesn't that sound like religious mumbo-jumbo? Sure it does. But before you dismiss it out of hand, have a listen. It's a stand-alone lesson (holiday weekend) about a mysterious black-box process we go through. If we pay attention and allow the natural order of things to unfold, we can emerge happy on the other side. And who doesn't want to be happy?
Last week, we looked at how our different views of God affect the kind of Christianity we live. Today we take a deeper look at the implications for spiritual fervor in the emerging worldview.
Scripture gives us mixed messages about God. On the one hand, it tells us stories of a God who is knowable and known. On the other, it tells us God is beyond our capacity to know, contain, or comprehend. For centuries, we Christians have given our focus to the former, leaving the latter to the […]
George Fuller is a friend of mine. He’s been a minister here in town for almost 20 years. He finds himself with free time these days, and is getting involved in our community, so I asked him to speak this week. I do these posts the day before they’re recorded, so I don’t know what […]
We've had an influx of newcomers this year, so I'm spending a bit of time recounting the things that have made the experience of our community precious to us so we can continue to share those things together as more people become part of us. Have a listen.
This is such an important practice. I hope you have a listen. When our view of God changes, our view of prayer changes. Many simply stop praying... stop having a devotional habit. But that's just not good for our souls. Better is to go back through history and find ways of "prayer" that feed us in our newly-emerging way of thinking about God. Examen is one of those ancient ways.
Our personal stories influence how we interpret scripture. We need to get rid of our first (false) identity, good or bad. In fact, our "good identity" may be more detrimental because it takes us longer to get to the end of ourselves (our flesh). When these identities die (at the cross), we must draw strength from our "transformed identify" as one who is loved by God.
Today, we revisit a lesson given 10 years ago, in the raw aftermath of the terrorist attacks on our nation. In it, we conclude that in a world of transience and trouble, the question before us is how we shall live. Nobly. Honestly. Graciously. From our Divine Centers. It was true then. It's still true today.
Words are more powerful than we often consider day to day. We use them, the ancient proverb teaches us, to bless, or to curse. In this lesson, we look at some of the ways our words can bless, and stir ourselves to use our words to better the lives of those around us.
Christians use the term "born again" all the time. In this lesson we take a look at what it means. It's pretty clear Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus when he used the term. In this lesson, I suggest that most of us Christians make the same mistake he did.
Prison letters from our spiritual forefathers are often their most poignant writings. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul clearly states that Jesus and not Caesar is the true leader of Christians and we should thus follow His leadership and example. The meaning of Phil 3:17-21 has been traditionally interpreted as a dualism: either as a "judgmental separation" where Christians (the spiritually-minded "us") are differentiated from the worldly-minded "them" or as a "worldly escapism" where Christians feel not at home in the irreparably rotten world but constantly anticipate eternal life in heaven. However, I don't feel that either