Eugene Peterson: In Between The Man and The Message

One of my heroes.

A reflective look into the life and beliefs of pastor and author Eugene Peterson. Executive Producer Don Pape. Directed by Greg Fromholz. Produced by Emma Good and Nathan Reilly.

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Richard Rohr – When Things Fall Apart

Transformation

The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But transformation more often happens not when something new begins but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—disruption and chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level. It invites and sometimes forces the soul to go to a new place because the old place is not working anymore. The mystics use many words to describe this chaos: fire, darkness, death, emptiness, abandonment, trial, the Evil One. Whatever it is, it does not feel good and it does not feel like God. We will do anything to keep the old thing from falling apart.

This is when we need patience, guidance, and the freedom to let go instead of tightening our controls and certitudes. Perhaps Jesus is describing this phenomenon when he says, “It is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14). Not accidentally, he mentions this narrow road right after teaching the Golden Rule. Jesus knows how much letting go it takes to “treat others as you would like them to treat you” (7:12). Continue reading “Richard Rohr – When Things Fall Apart”

Courtney Martin – Wrap up the Year with Seven Reflection Questions

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Courtney Martin is a columnist with On Being

Please take some settled quiet time one of these days, before the end of the year and try to respond these seven questions. It may do some good to you. They are serious ones, so, prepare for a rough ride. Here are the questions:

1. What was one of the moments I was most proud of this year? What does that tell me about what I want to spend my energy/time/money on next year?

2. Who really enriched my life this year in a big way? Who is someone I am wanting to get to know better in the year ahead?

3. It was a year of resistance for many people. What did I resist most effectively? What did I surrender to? Continue reading “Courtney Martin – Wrap up the Year with Seven Reflection Questions”

Tommy Preson Phillips – My 4 Rules For Responding To Nasty Emails

Scot McKnight published on his blog on Patheos these useful suggestions, coming from one of his students. Here are the 4 Rules:

  1. Wait 48 hours before responding
  2. Do not defend yourself
  3. No negativity!
  4. Look for substance

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David G Benner – Knowing Oneness

David G Benner shares with us today a wonderful reflection of the essential human thirst for oneness in Christ. This will sound quite familiar, even if, possibly, more holistic and challenging, for those acquainted with the Eastern Orthodox concepts of theosis or deification, and with the classic universal Christian concept of mystical union.

I will let you read the entre text on Dr Benner’s blog, but here is, as a teaser, a beautiful prayer rooted in the indigenous Lakota concept of Mitakuye Oyasin – in English, “all my relations.” Enjoy!

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and carries the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One is not more important than the other. Each evolves from the other and yet each is dependent upon the others. All of us are a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

Read HERE the entire post.

 

 

 

Richard Rohr on ‘Incarnational Mysticism’

Years ago, someone asked if I could sum up all my teachings in two words. My response was “incarnational mysticism.” The first word, “incarnational,” is Christianity’s specialty and should always be our essential theme. We believe God became incarnate. The early Fathers of the Church professed that God, by taking on human flesh, said yes to all that was physical, material, and earthly. Unfortunately, Christianity lost this full understanding.

Many Christians are scared of the word “mysticism.” But a mystic is simply one who has moved from mere belief or belonging systems to actual inner experience of God. Mysticism is more represented in John’s Gospel than in the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) which give us the basic story line of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. In fact, the primary reason many are not moved or attracted to John’s Gospel is because they were never taught the mystical mind. Continue reading “Richard Rohr on ‘Incarnational Mysticism’”

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