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Did the Apostle Thomas Make an Independent Stand Becoming Jesus’ only Buddha-like Missionary?

This article asks Progressive Christians to read and reflect on the Gospel of Thomas found in 1945. Undoubtedly, one of the legends having the most historical truth to back it up is that Thomas was the first to scatter. It is said he was entrusted very early on with the mission to the East. First, he went north-east into Syria. Then he proceeded to Iraq. Next, he sailed out of the Persian Gulf arriving in India in 52 A.D. Along the way, he founded places of Buddhist-like study in Jesus’ name.Please send comments to gm.jm@sympatico.ca

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Topics: Jesus Studies. Resource Types: Articles.

Who is the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel?

Was Mary Magdalene the first Christian, Gnostic-like women leader? Is she, in fact, the founder of Christian Gnosticism? This article explores more clues indicating that the Beloved Disciple was Mary Magdalene.

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Resource Types: Articles.

Q Can Human Species Survive ?

I am an Affiliate with The Center for Progressive Christianity. I am the author of two books about Christianity and have a third in the pre publication stage. Will you do me a favor? Give me your thoughts on this third book. I am trying to determine how well my ideas are expressed and whether there is consensus as to their validity among progressive Christians.

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Resource Types: Books.

The Magic of Christmas

Recently as my wife and I were having a quiet dinner with some friends and found ourselves going through something that seems to have become an annual ritual. It always starts with someone announcing, “Can you believe it? Christmas is only X days away!” And in chorus the rest of us go, “your kidding! How did that happen?” We have other little ditties that we sing like, “It seems like it was only a few months ago we were celebrating Easter.” Or, “But I just put the Christmas decorations away from last year” Then for the closing song we always sing rather sadly, “It comes faster and faster every year.” As the evening progressed someone wistfully asked, ” I wonder if we can every capture the magic of Christmas again?” I have thought a lot about that over the last few years. I wondered if there ever was “the magic of Christmas” that has been shared in common with others over the years…

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Resource Types: Articles.

I Have Lost the War

Yesterday, as I sometimes do when I need amusement, I went online to read my horoscope for today. The words leaped off the page at me, “The long, exhausting battle is over, and you have lost the war” I immediately burst into deep sobs of both sorrow and relief. Those words struck a chord of truth deep in me…I felt like a kid standing on the football field after the lights have gone out and his team has lost the big game. He still holds the football in his hand and believes he’s just one more touchdown away from a winning game.

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The Gospel of Thomas and the Kingdom of God

The Gospel of Thomas is part of the Nag Hammadi library and has some valuable insights about the Kingdom of God.

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Resource Types: Articles.

Open Response to Marcus Borg’s Article: “Just Ways to Repair an Unjust War”

This article seeks further dialogue with Marcus Borg and others, as to Jesus' thinking about war. As with all my articles, please submit your open responses, or private e-mails to John at: gm.jm@sympatico.ca

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Resource Types: Articles.

IS THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT “RIGHT”?

This article explores the issue of the parallels between the religious leaders of Jesus day and the currrent beliefs and behavior of the Christain Right.

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Resource Types: Articles.

Is it Time for a New Perspective on the Historical Jesus?

In this article, the author suggests that poetic thinkers like Jesus and William Blake are capable of holding contradictory views and ideas in mind simultaneously, without being perceived as mentally disturbed by interested others. And that this perspective opens a door to a better perception of the historical Jesus.

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Resource Types: Articles.

Experience! Faith Formation for Adults

Announcing Experience! Faith Formation for Adults. A new experiential adult theological Re-education Curriculum. In collabortation with Marcus Borg – Wood Lake Publishing brings you an innovative 10 session curriculum. The first in the series called Experiencing the Bible again for the First Time, is based on the bestselling book by Marcus Borg – Reading the Bible Again for the First Time.  

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Resource Types: Adult Curriculum.

Let Your Light Shine!

In celebration and commemoration of TCPC's partnering with the Jesus Seminar to encourage the movement of Progressive Christianity through education, here is an article about letting our light shine! by John Mitrosky

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Resource Types: Articles.

Towards a Post-Metaphysical Theology

Towards a Post-Metaphysical Theology: The Paradoxical Teachings of Jesus This paper is a summary of my recently completed doctoral thesis: "The Structure of the Real: Paradox, Post-metaphysics and the Teachings of Jesus"Dr. Cameron FreemanIntegral InstitutePhone: 303-248-6525E-mail: free0042@gmail.com

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Resource Types: Articles.

Practicing Gratitude

A poetic, mystical, and humorous look at the practice of gratitude as exemplified in Jesus' commandment to consider the lilies. Includes the poetry of Wendell Berry and William Stafford, as well as a mystical sign that came to the author after a walk around Alpine Lake in the Sierras.

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Resource Types: Sermons.

Stones & Bones

A children's book about evolution by the head of the Jesus Seminar's Polebridge Press.

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Resource Types: Books.

In Praise of the Secular

Now he has followed the lead of the Renaissance sage Erasmus, whose droll and counter-intuitive title "In Praise of Folly" similarly introduced a critical assessment of a conflicted and self-satisfied society. Our present paradox, Lloyd notes, is that willy-nilly we live in a secular society lately evolved from Christendom – one in which liberal spiritualities are under assault by both religious fundamentalists and militant atheists. But then, liberty has always fought an uphill battle against political and ecclesiastical tyrannies, and has always demanded a high level of individual responsibility. The personal freedom offered by secularism – which includes a free choice of spiritual pathways – is what Lloyd Geering sees as a beacon of hope as we strive to create the global society of tomorrow. Indeed, one may well see in this little volume an echo of one of Jesus' most radical and authentic teachings – the parable of the Leaven – the essence of which is the inspired insight that only when the sacred and the secular are made one will the Kingdom of God have come.

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Resource Types: Books.

Giving Thanks as a Life Changing Dynamic

Jesus was not born into a privileged life. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth and did not live under easy circumstances. But he still lived in gratitude. In fact he made giving thanks for life a foundational dynamic of his teaching. He seemed surprised by other people's inability to live happy, fulfilling lives with little or no gratitude. "Why do you worry so much about what you eat, what you wear?"

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Topics: Jesus Studies and Theology & Religious Education. Texts: Luke. Resource Types: Articles.
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