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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Response to the God Question- A Word to the Spiritual Seekers

Have you done much thinking "outside of the box?" We are being enjoined on all sides to do so. In fact the plea to "think outside of the box" has become such a cliche that it has lost most of its power to startle us into thinking in new ways. But it is still a useful image.We live inside boxes, assumptions as to what is true and how things are to go. "What I believe is the only truth" and "We've always done it that way" is the hue and cry of those who are quite happy within their boxes or are afraid to peek out.

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Resource Types: Articles.

God In Disguise

So many of my relationships suffered from the not-knowing of such a truth: that absolutely everyone and everything we meet along the journey is God-in-disguise waiting to show us the way to liberation. All that separates me from remembering this universal wisdom are my own (often buried) thoughts, judgments, fears and beliefs. If I stop making up stories about other people who don't look, talk, sound or act like me, I usually find another man, woman or child who just wants to love and be loved.

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

Jesus Did Not Die for Us, Jesus Lived and Died for Us

In the April 1995 issue of Theology Today, theologian Murray Joseph Haar lamented what he regarded as a "rampant" sickness within the American church. He wrote, "The symptoms of this illness sound like this: 'Jesus died for my sins, His pain my gain, He died to set us free, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away my sins, I have decided to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior." With words like these, many Christians proclaim and define their faith in the efficacy of Jesus' death on their behalf. I contend that these words of faith indicate precisely the nature of the sickness at the heart of American Christianity." He calls the sickness, a "rampant, individualistic, self-serving redemptionsm." (1)The sickness continues today. The common understanding and frequent statement of many Christians is that "Jesus died for us." Standing alone, that is a distortion of the Christian faith, for it separates the life of Jesus from his death. A dramatic depiction of this separation is seen in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of The Christ. In the film the passion of Christ was almost entirely limited to his death. There was no understanding that his death was the consequence and fulfillment of the passion of his life.

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Giving Thanks for the Good, the Bad and the Surprising

Ian Lawton is pastor of C3/ Christ Community Church in Spring Lake,West Michigan and on the TCPC Executive Coucil. What does it mean to live as if I am surrounded by miracles, even though the kids are fighting, the mortgage is overdue, there seems no end to global conflict and my back hurts? Who should I be grateful to, and for what?

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

Honest to God

The common belief in God is usually called theism or more precisely supernatural theism. It is the concept that God is a Being in heaven who created the world and from time to time intervenes in the world to assert his will. In her book The History of God, Karen Armstrong states that this concept of God is evident in the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is this concept of God which the atheist authors of the five books deny. It is my contention that Christians should also be atheists about such a concept of God. If I were asked by a pollster if I believed in God I would, as an ordained clergyman, say No!

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Resource Types: Articles.
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