“Do you think justice is about making things fair?”
Our world commonly understands justice as it extends to equality and fairness. When things aren’t fair, we demand justice. In our broadcast today we look at another form of justice that isn’t based on what is fair, but what is right?
Join me now as we see beyond justice into a parable that reveals a very disappointing truth, that if grasped, will transform everything.
“Do you think your religious belief is the only one that is true?”
The healing of the man born blind is not really about physical healing, but the miracle of sight, particularly spiritual seeing. Truth, light, and seeing are metaphors to access something well beyond the story.
Join me now as we learn to see beyond everything as we unearth a larger picture that is so uncomfortable that most religious people will simply reject it.
In today’s episode, we take a wide angle lens and view the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Once you see the context into which this story has been inserted, the larger message begins to emerge.
Join me now as we see beyond the story of forgiveness into an exploration of that part of us that wants God to condemn another. If we can see beyond everything, perhaps we too can finally drop our stones
In today’s broadcast we continue our look at the familiar bible stories, focusing on the feeding of the five thousand. Is this just a story about a sack lunch in a rural area? I don’t think so.
Join me now as we see beyond the miracle and explore why any of us would participate in a religious ceremony if the power of God were right before us within our very life? Learn about Jesus Passover alternative right now on today’s broadcast.
In today’s broadcast we continue our look at the familiar bible stories, focusing on the healing by the pool of Bethesda.
Join me now as we see beyond the miracle into the subversive message Jesus brings to religion about its commandment to obey the Sabbath. In this case, breaking the law was the precondition of not only healing and liberation, but the very means of keeping the Sabbath holy.
Have you ever felt like you are surrounded by people who don’t really know who you are?”
In today’s broadcast and post we look at the familiar story of Jesus healing the son of a high-ranking state official. Once we look between the lines of scripture we begin to see Jesus in a new light which reflects back to us something about our own heart.
Join me now as we see beyond the second miracle into the lonely inner experience of exile, where we are known only by what we can do for others and not who we really are.
“Does Jesus really care about a catering mistake?”
In todays broadcast and post we begin looking at the miracles of Jesus through the broader lens of subversion that we have explored over the last several weeks. In his first recorded miracle, Jesus turns water into wine and helps eliminate the embarrassment and cost to the wedding party who failed to provide enough wine for the festivities.
Is this miracle really a clean up job for a catering mistake? Or is there something more? Join me now as we learn to see beyond the Sunday School story line into a something so big, its almost impossible to believe.
We’re continuing our series examining the spiritual and practical realities beyond Blockchain Technology and Crypto Currencies and today we look at decentralization. We all have those topics which really get us angry or revved up. Do you know what is behind that?
Join me now as we take a sobering look at the price we pay to have kings who rule over us as we learn to see beyond the politics, corporations, and noise into the heart of our worlds true problem.
If you can answer this question, then you are part of a small percentage of the world that is in the know. In today’s broadcast, I will not only share what the Blockchain is, but explore just how this game changing technology has the power to subvert institutional power.
Join me now we consider the spiritual realities that are beyond the Blockchain and learn how this revolutionary technology could usher in a new kind of world.
Believers are quick to answer this question with some theological token about omnipresence. Non-believers are quick to answer that if they knew the answer, they would probably believe.
In today’s broadcast, I will begin a series where we examine what seems like the unrelated topic of Blockchain technology and Crypto currencies, but as you’ll see, I begin from a much wider field of view. Join me now as we see beyond the Blockchain and locate the hidden (crypto) God.
Personal liberty is a core desire of every human being. Yet in our journey to find it, most of us settle for captivity. Is that you?
In today’s broadcast we look at a parable that charts the course to freedom along a very unsuspecting route. From the view of an outcast, captivity holds promise, but in the long view, the trade off is severe. Join me now as we follow one leper who begins to see beyond everything.
“Is it possible or even necessary to subvert the government?”
No institution has more control over us than our government. Whether you distrust it or depend upon it, scripture tells us that God has established all of them, yet it warns us to “be ware of the leaven of Harod…”
Jesus dealt much with government and he models a unique path for us. It’s not rebellion. It’s not avoidance. It’s not resistance. It’s submission and subversion. Join me now, as we look closer at how the Gospel re-identifies us from our government, not destroying it, but by transforming it. It’s a wake up call so we can see beyond everything.
World religions are very big and very powerful. Ironically, the work of taking down a religion is the very work of most religions. In today’s broadcast, we continue to look at why religion incites so much war, hate and pain in our world. Subverting religion is required because it cannot be overpowered.
World peace will not be obtained by domination, tribal distinctions, or by ecumenicalism. Join me now as we learn to see why the subversive power of love is the only path that can repower religion into an amazing force for good.
“Why in the world would we want to subvert community?”
In today’s broadcast I expose the paradoxical relationship that we should have with our different communities. Yes we like our friends, groups, clubs, teams, associations and gatherings. These are the bedrock of our lives and the meeting place of community.
All this is true, but community comes with a very subtle catch. Join me now as we learn to see beyond the “fine print”of community, and discover the only means of making it better.
Subversion literally means to “turn from beneath”or to undermine authority. Subversion is a transfer of power that doesn’t come by might, but by anotherkindof power.
In this weeks broadcast I explain how the Gospel of the Kingdom is a subversive exchange of power. We’ll look at how Jesus subverts his own family in order to rise up and embody the larger and more inclusive family of God.
We’ll also examine how the institution of family imprisons us if we leave the family at the wrong time or in the wrong way or fail to leave at all. The institution of the family has been idolized and as a result we behave in horrible ways or suffer with tremendous guilt all in the name of family.
Join me now as we explore how the Gospel subverts the institution of the family as we learn to see beyond everything.
Subversion literally means to “turn from beneath” or to undermine authority. Subversion is a transfer of power that doesn’t come by might, but by another kind of power.
So often the Easter story is reduced to an appeal of historical data. This limits the Easter story to a clean up job for our naughtiness. In this weeks broadcast, I will offer a much bigger Easter story and prove that subversion, everywhere we see it, is the ongoing effect of dying in order to find new life. This means Easter is everywhere, all the time.
Join me now as we learn to see the resurrection beyond everything.
That probably seems like an odd question, but anesthesia is a powerful metaphor that will stick in your mind. In today’s broadcast, we continue our series on John the Baptist and transition to the proving grounds just prior to Jesus’ ministry.
Join me now as we see beyond the temptations of Jesus and learn why I call them the three forms of anesthesia.
“Does your understanding of the gospel take into account how subversive it is to institutional power?”
Today we continue to go deeper into the life and message of John the Baptist. We saw last week he was the forerunner of a wide-open message of forgiveness. This week we will see how the two largest institutions of power, Religion and State, react to such a message of liberation.
Let’s jump in behind the trail that John is blazing so that we can see beyond everything.
“Who was John the Baptist? And what was he really talking about?” Anyone with even a small amount of bible knowledge is familiar with the character of John the Baptist. He was distinct in a world that had long hoped to hear his message. But what was that message? And to what exactly was he the forerunner?
In today’s broadcast we start a series where we look closer at John’s life and message. He doesn’t go to church, he eats bugs, and he was the forerunner of forgiveness.
In some ways our world is not unlike the Ancient world of Athens. Paul’s sermon opens up the “God Conversation” to a theology that had tremendous liberating power. Surprisingly, it doesn’t come with a contest of who has the bigger God, in fact it doesn’t come from a religious framework at all.
Join me now as we look deeper at Paul’s theology of living, moving and being as it enables us to see beyond everything.
Where did we get the idea that everyone has to believe the same thing when it comes to God?
Given the diversity of human experience around the world, how could that even be possible? Yet the mission of the church has largely been built on institutionalizing a particular process of saving souls by conversion to Corporate Christianity.
Join me now as we look deeper at Paul’s view of humanity as we learn to see beyond the religious frameworks into a faith that is ultimately beyond everything.
”Is God only found in some things, or in everything?”
Today we continue looking at Paul’s sermon in Athens where he reframes the Greek two-story religion of God up there and us down here, into a living faith where God is the Maker of all things and is thus in all things, through all things and beyond everything.
This idea was so revolutionary the Greeks insisted he stay and help them see this. Let’s join Paul today as we also learn to see beyond everything.
”What does it mean to be Religious?” Ever notice how the world looks at all the religions and concludes that they are all basically the same? From the outside looking in, it’s not so easy to tell them apart. Today we are continuing our look at Paul’s sermon in Athens because he’s laying the foundation for what religion is and how faith is different. Paul proves that faith in Christ was not intended to be another competitive religion, but something totally different that puts everyone into the conversation. By learning about our own frameworks of religion we will learn to see Paul’s framework much clearer and that enables us to See Beyond Everything.
This will be the last “rerun” for a while as we will begin broadcasting “Beyond Everything Radio” next week. This post comes from 2015 and I talk about what we all experience every single day. What goes on inside our heads when we hear people post various things online? What happens when someone posts something about God? In this post and podcast I share an experience with someone else’s message, while totally owning the fact that to others, I am that guy. When we boil it down, we discover that we are all in the same boat. None of us have all the truth, while we all have some of it. Thus we are all partial believers in the truth. What a great place to start learning. I hope you’ll tune in today.
In a survey I performed in 2015 I asked the question: “What is the Gospel?” In this post and podcast I share the most common answers to this question and then share what I think is the best definition I’ve been able to find. I will propose that the Gospel which is supposed to possess transforming power, is actually somewhat impotent until the definition of terms permeates our personal inner experience to change. This opens up a really big frameshift where the Gospel is either NOT limited to Christianity, or it’s saying Christianity is not an alternative religion as it’s often claimed to be. Tune in and see if your definition is big enough, if it’s not, then put your seatbelt on because it’s going to be an epic ride.