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The Blossoming of the World: Essays and Images

In The Blossoming of the World, Brian H. Peterson–author of the critically acclaimed The Smile at the Heart of Things–picks up both pen and camera and journeys to the deep end of life. Along the way he confronts some painful contradictions–beauty and violence, love and grief–and reflects on illness, family, death, dreams, epiphanies, and the birth of self-awareness.

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Understanding “The Gospel”: Why Authorship Claims Matter Dramatically – Part 1

Now there are at least two major types of people who do take seriously what is said in the New Testament (NT), which I’m summarizing here as “the Gospel.” Here are the two types, for our purposes in this very brief summary of NT understanding as it relates to who wrote the books…

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The Treasures of Darkness

Great Spirit, Source of Love and Life,
Help us bring an end to strife;
Fill all our hearts with peace and grace,
May we enhance the human race.

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Quotations of Jim Burklo

Christianity follows the humble faith of an empty man. So how did we Christians become so full of ourselves? It’s time to empty ourselves of the belief that our religion is better than others.

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Joerg Rieger on Empire and Christianity

Indeed the Jesus Movement began as a resistance movement to the empire. While Christianity began as a counterpoint and an alternative to Empire, with Constantine it became wedded to the empire and shaped by empire with the purpose of unifying the realm.

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Lord’s Prayer

Dear One, closer to us than our own hearts, farther from us than the most distant star, you are beyond naming.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A 21st Century Lord’s Prayer

Great divine spirit of love that is at the core of everything and from which all life flows,
We acknowledge your healing and transforming power.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

A New Lord’s Prayer

Breath, love, hope, inspiration
– truth that sings forth from within
even as I am enveloped with its challenge,

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Daily Prayer

A contemporary rendering of the Lord's Prayer

O Divine Power of Creation
Hallowed be thy name
The mystery of thy grace be with us

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer

Good caring presence within us, around us, and above us;
Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Prayers: The Lord's Prayer. Resource Types: Prayers.

The Affliction of Affluence

Reconciling Gratitude, Generosity & Greed

The common dream most people have of one day having more than they already have seems to have remained as fleeting and elusive as ever. Meanwhile, the gross disparity and widening gap in this country between the haves and the have-nots has reached a point where an oligarchy of corporate interests posing as individuals shape public opinion and outspend each other as never before in partisan attempts to buy an election.

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Outrageous Conception

Richard Mourdock crashed his dogma into the wall of logic. He totaled his belief system with one elegantly absurd utterance. Now would be a good time for him to get a new religion, and a new political philosophy to go with it.

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