Affimations and Confessions of a Progressive Christian Layman – The Christian Church

Did Jesus Found the Church?

According to Leo Tolstoy, the famous Russian novelist, in his magnum non-fiction opus, The Kingdom of God is Within You, the idea that God or Jesus founded the church is “so utterly untrue and unfounded that one is ashamed to refute them.” Only the modern Christian church would even assert such a notion. Jesus could not have founded the church as we presently understand the word. Nothing like the idea of the church with its sacraments and its claim of infallibility can be found in Jesus’ words or in the ideas of other men of his time.

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Being Spiritual and Religious (1 Cor. 2:1-16; Isaiah 58:1-9a)

Sermon by Chuck Queen, Feb. 9, 2014

In contemporary speech the word spiritual is more associated with personal or private experience, while the word religious is usually connected to communal, institutional, and organizational religious life. Those who identify themselves as spiritual but not religious reject traditional organized religion as the sole or the most valuable means of advancing one’s spiritual growth.

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Sing a New Love Song

Sing a new love song; for in every moment, compassion does marvelous things: its power dissipates hate and revenge. Compassion creates contagious miracles

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Hafiz on the Door to God

“Where is the Door to God? In the sound of a dog barking. In the ring of a hammer, In a drop of rain, In the face of Everyone I see.”
~Hafiz

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Meister Eckhart on God

“You may call God love, you may call God goodness, but the best name for God is compassion.”
~ Meister Eckhart

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Thomas Keating on Becoming Fully Human

“For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully divine.” ~Thomas Keating

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John Shelby Spong on Christianity

“Christianity is not about the divine becoming human so much as it is about the human becoming divine. That is a paradigm shift of the first order.” ~ Bishop John Shelby Spong

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Benediction

May the peace of God surround you
Like the trees of the forest
May the peace of God warm you all over
Like the sun in the sky

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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 6: Remembering God’s Presence

Nathan Leaves Home

Remembering that God is within us and a part of everything that ever was and ever will be is one of the most important things we can do.

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A Joyful Path, Year One, Lesson 5: God In Nature

The natural world constantly offers opportunities to experience the presence of spirit in endless variation. Nature is one of the most clear and obvious manifestations of God in our universe.

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Giving Up god to Find God: Breaking Free of Idolatry

An exploration of the ways in which we genuflect to false gods, and what happens when we let them go and open ourselves to the experience of Love and Wisdom. Kerry Walters unmasks the golden calves we …

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Project Peace On Earth World Forgiveness Concert 2013 – Video

  Published on Dec 26, 2013 Inspired Grammy Winning Singers and Performers, Luminary Musicians and Thought Leaders unite in the 2013 Project Peace On Earth World Forgiveness Concert for Bethlehem on Christmas Day.   PPOE Picasso Peace Dove …

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