“How successful have you been at eradicating sin from your life?”
I know that’s a loaded question but my hope is that you will answer it honestly and recognize that while some sins may cease or diminish, there are still a host of sins in our lives that simply won’t go away. What are we to do with those?
In today’s post and podcast we continue our exploration of Galatians when Paul opens up what I call the junk drawer of naughtiness. His list of interpersonal transgressions is very long and it’s likely some of your besetting sins are on it. Join me now as we learn to see beyond the battle of flesh and the spirit and gain a new way to understand and live with these two powerful forces within us.
“Do you have an area of your life that no matter how hard you try, lasting change seems impossible?
In today’s podcast and post, we continue our study of Galatians and explore how internal freedom is entangled in the captivity of our flesh. We’re camping out on this topic for a few weeks because so many of us work from a flawed understanding and thus we fail not despite our best efforts but because of them.
Join me now as we reframe the battle of the flesh vs the spirit into a dance of necessary tension. This not only allows us to live from a place of inner freedom but it gives us the lens to see beyond everything.
“Are you aware of your shadow self? Do you understand your dark side?”
In today’s podcast and post, we continue our study of Galatians and explore how internal freedom is entangled with the captivity of our flesh. In other words there is a constant dance between shadow and light, flesh and spirit.
Join me now as we learn about our dark side, and free ourselves from the old binary framework of good versus evil. We’ll explore the only possible reason our shadow can exist in the first place and why that allows us to see beyond everything.
“Are you free to live your live your life how you want to? If so, are you doing it?”
Today our study in the book of Galatians focuses on the apex of this book where Paul explains that freedom is the whole point of everything. The Gospel is the power that frees us from the prisons of either overdoing or underdoing everything.
Join me now as we learn to see that our captivity is not imposed upon us by an external force as much as it is our unwillingness to simply walk right out into the freedom we’ve already inherited.
How does life change for you if you were the heir to billions? Wouldn’t that reality provide a safety net for you? What would living be like to have the certainty and freedom to go or do anything your heart desired? It might surprise you to know that that experience is possible for every single person.
In today’s podcast, we continue our exploration of Galatians and learn that each of us is an heir to a divine inheritance. Join me know as we see beyond how this is possible and learn what it means to live freely as an heir.
“Have you ever met someone who has caved under pressure?”
We like to think of ourselves as free and autonomous people. We like to think that our opinions are our own, and that we have the courage and strength to speak truth to power. But in reality, most people will cave under pressure. If your boss, or someone you hold in high regard challenges you, are you really willing to face the consequences of a certain conflict?
In today’s podcast and post we will explore Paul’s question to the church in Galatia because he is has noticed that they have tossed out their freedom for the sake of keeping appearances or keeping certain people happy. Join me now as we learn why it is better to defend your freedom even in the face of conflict than to cave in for the sake of being nice.
All religions have names for those they see as outside their religious tribe: Isalam calls non-Muslims Infidels, Christians call them unbelievers, Hinduism and Buddhism call them unenlightened, and Jews call them Gentile Sinners.
In today’s episode we will see how the Gospel freed religious and non-religious people from compliance to religious law and rules. This freedom caused them to be seen as living like sinners
Join me now as we explore what that means and why this is a central theme of Paul not only to the church in Galatia, but throughout the New Testament. It just might be that living as Paul describes “like a sinner “. is the ability to See Beyond Everything.
“Does my teaching style create more questions than answers?”
I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from our recent series in Galatians and I’m really excited about that. I have noticed that a lot of the questions seem to come from the same place within your minds. After thinking about my responses to you, it occurred to me that the issue is not about the content, but the frameworks of understanding that differ between us. It’s a sort of epistemological language barrier.
In this post and podcast, we are going to take a brief pause, to clarify what I’m trying to do in this study since so many new people are tuning in. My goal is to help you understand why we have so many triggers that create dissonance in our thinking, why I always seem to be picking on them, and how we can learn to See Beyond Everything!
“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.