“Do you think your religion is better than others?
I know that’s a loaded question, but I’m trying to access that part of your thinking that believes converting people to a religious system makes us close to God. In this series I am exposing how the modern church today has fallen into the same trap as the church in Galatia, by insisting on religious rule keeping, ritual and obedience as the measure of belief. But what if the gospel doesn’t require converting?
Join me now as I prove that belief has nothing to do with perfunctory religious obligations and everything to do with freedom. Once we wake up to embrace the freedom available to all nations (Heathen) we will be able to see beyond everything and liberate from conversion and religious power plays into the life of freedom promised by the gospel.
“Why was Paul so shocked by the church in Galatia?
If you ask four pastors to define the gospel, you’ll get five or six definitions. In part two of this series, we will explore why Paul’s language is so severe with the version of the gospel coming from the Galatian church. We’ll discover that Paul’s gospel is so much wider and more inclusive than the Galatian church could imagine and as a result, they lost the scandal of the gospel and adopted a hybrid.
Join me now as we bring Paul’s words into our modern age to hear how he would react to the gospel offered in modern times. Perhaps if we withhold judgment long enough, we will be able to hear is reproof and learn to see beyond everything.
“What if religion has so highjacked people’s lives that liberation from it seemed sinful?”
Back in 2011 I posed this question to my then elder board at a church in which I served. The question so gripped me that within a year I would step away from church leadership and pursue an online ministry to liberate people from the frameworks and institutions that imprison their lives.
In today’s podcast we begin a series where we will examine Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. The church which started by liberating people from their frameworks and institutions had slipped right back into the same old institutional power plays that they left in the first place.
Join me now as we introduce this series by revealing how the scandal in Galatia remains a scandal today. If you’ve ever wondered what Paul would say if he could see the state of modern Christianity, then you are in the right place, as this series will help both the religious and non-religious to see beyond everything.
We’ve come a long way since 2012! This podcast is a point of reflection upon the existential cry that we all share within the deepest part of our soul. We all have this annoying voice within us that seeks answers to hard questions, we long for a satisfaction that seems to elude us our entire lives.
In this podcast and post I share how this ministry has evolved out of following that voice out into the light of authenticity, and I invite as many as will come to wake up and regain the freedom that we have given away to institutions that want to govern us.
There is a way of life that is profoundly free, but it only comes from following the questions and cries within us into a truly prosperous and authentic life.
This is the podcast/audio version of my second most popular post from my blog at Thrive in Exile. I’m making it available as a podcast to allow those who prefer to listen to content the opportunity to access this vital perspective. It is my prayer that this short recording will open up a deep inner experience that will lead you into a transformative journey. If I could give it away, I would, but since I can’t, the best I can do is describe the gift I can’t give.
For some, corrupt business is overcharging, or when businesses take advantage of people. For some, it’s exorbitant shareholder profits, or irresponsible ecological, political, or social endeavors. All of these things are true.
In today’s podcast we will look deeper at what is behind corruption in business and learn that it isn’t something that affects “those people.” Join me now as we see beyond corruption and learn that the rails of business upon which corruption often travels are the very same rails that will bring about a New World.
“Do you think it’s a bad thing that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer?
What if I were to suggest that income discrepancy is NOT economic nor social injustice, but God’s very design for the world? In today’s broadcast we will examine the difference between people whose economic condition is empowered by abundance versus those fueled by scarcity?
Join me know as we visit two extremely severe parables about the economics of God’s Kingdom, (which in the midst of us all). We’ll learn why fairness is not equal opportunity, and why that means the there is so little tolerance for the unproductive.
“If the Song of Solomon was the only sacred text, what would religion look like?
Love is not just a sentiment tossed around on Valentine cards. It’s not just the start of a relationship. Love is the greatest power in the universe and its gravitational pull is always towards the unity of all things.
In today’s episode I show how this amazing love poem is a microcosm, can help us see a much bigger work in the macrocosm. Join me now as we see beyond human love and sexuality into an amazing illustration of the love of God.
“Does talking about sexuality make you uncomfortable?”
Human sexuality has tremendous power. So often we see this power in its corrupted form and it causes countless problems in our world. In today’s podcast we will explore the two biggest contaminators of our sexuality (fundamentalism and secularism) and compare them to some very explicit sexual poetry.
Join me now as we see beyond our sexuality and capture a glimpse of a gift that is largely left unopened.
Over half of the US is unhappy at work. Most people conclude that this is because half the jobs are not fun, are boring, or offer poor pay. In today’s podcast I reveal that the thing that makes us enjoy our work has little to do with the job we do or the amount of pay.
Success and achievement are not the same thing, and neither of them can make us happy. Join me now as I show how success is the by-product of being happy not the antecedent. Join me now as I reveal how enjoying our toil is an “inside-job” that is not a skill to practice, but a gift to be received.
“Do you ever find yourself on the edge of despair?”
Has life not turned out like you thought it would? Did it not yield to you all that it seemed to promise while you were in your youth? If so, then you are not alone. In today’s podcast we take a look at the ebb and flow of life and take some advice from the wisest man that ever lived.
Join me now as we see beyond all of our effort and output and our climbing and striving, to discover what is really going on beyond it all.
Throughout life we migrate from family, to social networks, to organizations, to institutions. We develop political and survival skills and often become very attached and even derive our identities from our teams, companies, religions, political parties, and tribes.
In today’s broadcast, I am going to lift the veil of what is behind institutional power, and reveal the power that drives it, and offer an amazing alternative.
Join me now for this very challenging podcast that asks us to reframe everything and usher in a New World.
That question is like asking if you like your pet. In spirituality, people slip into one of two ditches: Taking spiritual practice way too seriously, or not taking it seriously at all.
In today’s podcast I share my experience with many diverse spiritual practices and what I’ve learned through my quest. You’ll be just as surprised as I was to discover that every spiritual practice creates an illusion that must be overcome, or the practice becomes void.
Join me now as we learn what is beyond our spiritual containers, to understand our connection to their divine contents.
“How often to you experience discontent over something?
If you are like most people, you are discontent with a number of things each and every day. From politics to our cappuccino, discontent emerges within all of us. So what is it saying?
In this podcast and post, I explore why so many of us have learned how to ignore our feelings of discontent. I then offer why ignoring these feelings is not always the best approach. Join me now as we see beyond our discontent and explore why it just may be the answer to your prayers.
“Have you ever struggled to find words to describe something that is ultimately indescribable?”
In today’s podcast I’m going to take a poetic approach in an effort to get at the heart of this online ministry. From my first post in February of 2013 my blog and now my 152ndpodcast has served to help people look critically at their frameworks and ask the hard questions of faith, religion, and belief systems in the modern age.
As consciousness increases, the old wineskins and frameworks can no longer contain what is growing inside and new ways of understanding the old Truth must displace the familiar forms.
Join me now as I share the metaphor of following a sound to help us tune into our own inner experience and follow the liberating path of the Exile.
“Have you ever noticed that most people are not very good at religion?”
Today we return exclusively to the Podcast world and examine how even though we hear religious people talking, blogging and posting, about the issues facing our world, when we get behind the scenes, most are not very religious at all.
This may end up being a good thing for the world. Join me now as we see beyond Oz’s curtain and all the religious containers in favor of a universal faith that can be shared and accessed by everyone, even those who suck at religion.
“Why are some people resistant to God and spirituality while others are tuned in to it?
In today’s broadcast, we examine the parables the Sower and the Lamp under the Jar. Too often these are taught separately and the result is a tribal message that separates people between innies and outies.
Join me now as we see beyond that which is hidden in a parable so that we can see all that is being revealed. Namely, that the parable reflects a process and not fixed states of being. It takes a special kind of consciousness to see consciousness, and that is precisely the point of the story.
“Are demons depicted in the TV show Ghost Adventures a real thing? Is there really another dimension to reality that most people can’t see?”
In today’s broadcast we explore a story where a bunch of demons have possessed a man and he torments the town. No, this isn’t a B-level horror film, this is right out of the bible. While we can learn something about ancient beliefs in demons, this story allows us to learn something else about the town and ourselves.
Join me now as we see beyond the legion of demons into a dimension of reality that if accessed, can really transform our lives.
“Is it ever ok for a leader to call a woman a dog?”
Last week President Trump called a former staff member a dog among other insults. Both sides of the isle have chimed in as they usually do, aligning with their own traditionsand preferences.
In today’s broadcast, we explore a very confusing story where Jesus calls a foreign woman a dog. What first appears as apathy and insult opens up a story that will free us from our juvenile bigotry and unredeemed pain.
Join me now as we see past the insult into its intended audience, namely those that would ignore the commandment to love for the sake of their tradition and tribe.
“Did the rock band AC/DC get it right? Is there a Highway to Hell?”
Today we return to our examination of bible stories with the goal of hearing them again for the very first time. Religion has latched on to the ultimate binary of Heaven and Hell an has used them as a threat to create fear and make converts.
But what if there is another framework through which we can see these teachings? In today’s broadcast we import last weeks framework of the Fake Id to reveal some surprising nuances that will hopefully awaken us from our anesthesia.
Join me now as we see beyond the gates, and discover the suffering of a living hell, which emerges from not knowing our true name.
In today’s broadcast I offer a simple quiz to see if we are living with a fake I.D. I also show just how pervasive the false self is within our lives and religion as well as social sciences are on a quest to our true self.
Join me now as we take a bunch of psychobabble and quickly turn it on its head as we see beyond our pseudonym and learn what ultimately happens to everything false.
In today’s broadcast I show how all religions offer a framework that is supposed to allow us to “meet God.” But many times we get enamored or distracted with the container and end up missing the contents. I’ll prove that meeting God is not something that requires religion and is something that should never be used as a threat.
Join me now as we see beyond our theological frameworks and look closer at the everyday experiences with God that we call something else.
Every world religion claims to have access to God. Whether we are talking about a tribal, 3rd world belief or a global religion, each has their own nuanced traditions and rituals that they believe allow us access to God.
But what if religion got it wrong? What if the path to God has more to do with our ability to hear and see beyond everything?
In today’s episode, we will examine the parable of the Sheep Door and see how it reframes access to God from performance and religious ascent into a descending experience where we actually believe God has our back.
“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.