Have you ever thought the world would be so much better if it weren’t for “those” people? If you haven’t noticed, our world is deeply polarized around nearly every issue. This illuminates two vital realities that we will explore in this podcast and post: that we have a deficient binary way of thinking, and that we all can imagine the world better than it is. If the world is to begin healing, we must move from a binary framework of thinking into a higher, wider, “third way”of thinking. The way to change our mind begins NOT with what we think, but how we think. Once we identify just how much power our ego has within a binary framework, we quickly realize that the world could literally change overnight by gaining a transcendent perspective. We can argue whether it is day or night, but both opposite perspectives are equally true. To change the how, the ego has to die so that humility can lead the way.
With a crown of thorns, what kind of king would this be? Will we even recognize such a kingdom? The religious elite in Jesus day didn’t recognize their Messiah and in this podcast and post I will show how the modern church is missing the kingdom for the same reasons. I’ll explain the common objections to an historical view Revelation and offer an amazingly optimistic way to interpret scripture. This perspective radically changes the definition and mission of the church. I hope you’ll tune in.
If you wish to do a deep dive, you can access my “Happy Ending: A positive eschatology”HERE.
The Scroll with seven seals is a vital part of understanding the book of Revelation, but most only focus on the seals. Yes the seals represent the great tribulation of the fall of Jerusalem, but the scroll is something bigger. In this Podcast and post I will show that the scroll is a certificate of divorce. I will use a wide angle lens to show how the meta-narrative of scripture replaces retribution with restoration by way of this divorce. This ushers in a new operating system that makes everything new again.
Despite what those who have unsubscribed from my newsletter say, I am not the antichrist. However, I am about to reveal who is. Continuing in this series, this podcast and post will examine the riddle of the number of the beast and review what the bible actually says regarding the “beast” or antichrist. If you think I’m going to warn you to watch out for microchips, barcode scanners, or a european dictator then this may be as disappointing as a Christian rock album cover from the 80’s. It turns out the most unbelievable part of the bible is really easy to believe, and not so scary. If you wish to do a deep dive, you can access my “Happy Ending: A positive eschatology”HERE.
We all know how the news prospers by selling us bad news. The Church has done the same thing by telling us the Great Tribulation is right around the corner. In this podcast and post I will show that the Tribulation will NOT come because it already did. I’ll do this by highlighting two vital considerations that are explicitly taught in the Bible: 1- The Tribulation is local not global and 2- The Tribulation culminated in A.D 70 with the fall of Jerusalem. This is a post you’re going to want to send to your friends and family. I invite all comers into this conversation because this alternative view will completely transform each of us, and bring about the New world. For those who would quickly dismiss this claim I invite you to review the detail sheet where you can do a deep dive. You can access it HERE.
The word for Rapture is not in the Bible. If you Google “rapture” images you will see depictions of what 95% of Christians believe will happen which will usher in the end of the world and Armageddon. The idea comes from scripture, but it also comes from fictional writers, movies, and a theology that begun 150 years ago. In this post and podcast we will look at all these factors and a fresh way to understand the rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. I will prove that pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, dispensational eschatology could not have been the theology of those who wrote the scripture. This frees us to explore other ways to understand those verses in scripture that seem to be talking about the end of the world. It turns out, the Kingdom doesn’t arrive anything like what we were taught, but it is nonetheless the beginning of an end.
September 24th was supposed to be the end of the world. Of course it wasn’t, but nonetheless, doomsday preachers continue to parade across our lives and there seems to be no end in sight. In this podcast and post I will begin a series where we take a look at eschatology (end times). Are we heading toward Armageddon? Are we really to interpret Bible prophecy in light of the evening news? Are we nearing a time when Jesus will “Rapture” all those with a chrome fish on their car? It might surprise you to learn that the Bible doesn’t have a cryptic message about the end of the world that only a few doomsday preachers can understand. This series will lay bare the reason why we want to believe so badly that it all ends in fire. It’s time we expose our pre-rational, (tribal) beliefs and explore the profoundly positive eschatology that has been believed up until the last 100 years or so.
Last week’s post on Elusive Peace left many of you wanting. So in this week’s post and podcast I will add a few more ingredients that will help us grasp that which is qualitatively deeper. If we have given everything we have to a relationship or an endeavor and then it fails, then what is left of us? So many of our life’s problems are insurmountable because we apply a software hack to a hardware problem. Our suffering is the skimming over the depth of our lives. I will explain the difference between living quantitatively and qualitatively and how both are necessary to live in peace.
So many of us are struggling to find peace, not only on a global scale but also at the personal level. There are countless religious and other types of frameworks that are offering us peace, but they always come with a catch. We get little doses of peace here and there, but for the most part, most of us are not able to live in a consistent experience of peace. We’re told we need to try find peace, or get peace and two divergent paths have emerged as the way to peace: via our doing, or via or being. In this podcast and post I will show you why seeking peace via either side will end in a short-lived experience. I will prove that we’ve gone after peace all wrong. I define peace as an integral, multidimensional Flow and you will be relieved to know that I have pinpointed it’s only location. The question is do we really want it?
None of us can live better than we think. This is a way of framing up the great reality of how our consciousness relates to life. Consciousness is related to everyone else and so much more, but we forget about this. In this podcast and post I will use the illustration of driving to help us see the unseen reality behind consciousness. Now some religious people will view this post as not very spiritual, but I will reveal how spirituality does not go beyond this fundamental reality. Consciousness has everything to do with God and it mirrors the flow of God and I will expose the biggest adversary in all of our lives: certainty. If life is not what you want it to be, examine those areas where you are certain and become a student again.
We all know someone who just can’t stay happy. Some go through life thinking they would be happy if they could just……. or if it wasn’t for ……. In today’s post and podcast we will go behind the circumstances that make up our lives and explore the motivations that brought about the choices that brought about our circumstances. I will expose the most clever lie I’ve ever heard. The lie is that love obligates us to do what we don’t want to do. The reason it is so clever is because we can hardly stand in the light of what it exposes. It creates a scorecard in the back of our minds reminding us of lost freedom. Learn why our marriages, parenting, caregiving, vocations, ministries and charities are making us into the worst kind of good person. I will offer the alternative, but I warn you now, our pride will not like it.
What I’m sharing today is not new, but is likely something of which you have not heard. In today’s post and Podcast I contrast the narrow view of the ruined Jesus from last week with the cosmic view of Christ. I believe a truncated Christology has ruined Jesus and turned Christianity into an alternative religion which was never the goal of its founder. The cosmic Christ is throughout scripture and world history and has many names, one of which is Jesus. The implications of this can and will change everything.
When someone mentions Jesus in an ordinary situation things will instantly become awkward. There is a reason for this and it may not be what you think. Jesus has been characterized in countless ways. In this 100th episode of the Kevkast and in this post I will explain why these portrayals of Jesus are too small to address the honest questions of our culture and the scope of our present reality and cosmos. A Jesus that is too vengeful, too exclusive, too far off, too unloving is actually a Jesus that is too small. A small (particular) Jesus might work for an individual, but it ruins it for everyone else.
The subject of sin is one that makes most people unplug, unsubscribe or disconnect. I hope you don’t today. In this podcast and post I am not going where you probably think I am. Instead I will explain how the concept of sin is a universal understanding and all systems and religions have some plan for dealing with sin. Of course the solution we choose has everything to do with the definition we use. I will introduce a surprisingly paradoxical solution that is often missed by modern Christianity which promotes a sin management system. I will prove how sin is the opposite of faith and as such the solution is not limited to a particular belief, but faith. Sin, in the end, is the design of love so that we will neither miss God nor our purpose in the world.
Jesus told his disciples to “Beware the Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod.” His disciples had no clue what he was talking about, and likewise many of us don’t either. In this podcast and post I will show you that the pharisee is not just an historical Jewish figure, nor is a pharisee limited to religious people. Just as yeast gives rise to bread, we are warned by Jesus to watch out for that which gives rise to Church and State. There is a watershed disposition of the mind that creates these superpowers that oppress and imprison. I will show it to you and reveal a simple hack that will enable us to work and live within the system, without being controlled or defined by them.
In this podcast and post I will use two metaphors to illuminate spiritual reality. The orbit of our planets move in and out of proximity to our sun based upon speed and distance. In like manner our spiritual orbits all vary and all of us need to fine tune this orbit if life is to thrive and we are to avoid freezing or scorching. Secondarily, molting represents the necessary outgrowing of our external formative container. We know we are ready to molt when we can imagine the world better than it is. We all experience a gravity (Pull) or a compulsion to expand (Push). I will show you how to access this benevolent force that pulls and pushes us into a way better life.
What is it with fundamentalism and it’s view on suicide? Suicide seems to bring to the forefront weird theologies that lay in the backdrop of people’s minds. The result makes a bad situation far worse than it is. In this post and podcast I dust off an archive from July of 2013 and I show how the church has oppressed the poor in the area of suicide. Suicide is multifaceted and should never be a doctrine that is dished out willy-nilly. I will explore the Christ story as a story of self-slaughter. As such we are given a path to understanding and an icon for healing to those who are left behind.
Religious system are constantly playing “Red Rover” with the world as they try to turn unbelievers into believers. They shift the burden of belief to outsiders and offer a binary choice of either “in” or “out.” In today’s podcast and post I ask the question: “Can a threat create authentic faith?” I offer an explanation for why the faith of every person is valid and why we need to avoid competitive religions or truth claims. If we do, the result is an authentic belief that stems from the suffering and mess of everyday life. It’s accessible to all and there is no threshold or burden of belief. There are not multiple stories of varying validity of which we are burdened to choose, there is only one story retold in every person, which means faith is accessible to all.
Last week I proved the existence of non-physical reality. In this weeks post and podcast we go deeper by examining the interplay between the physical (body) and the non-physical (soul) by looking at our bodies. We err when our dualistic mind forces us to pick whether we are a body without a soul or a soul trapped in a body. We are a hybridization of both limitless spirit within a limited body and the design is interdependence. The limitations of our body are purposed to develop our soul and the soul shapes the works of the body. Unfortunately, religion turns this into behavior modification or sin management. Nonetheless, there remains an icon for us in the Christian story to view ultimate humanity. The interplay between body and soul is both the cause of all suffering and the healing of the world. What will it be for you?
A line has one dimension. A square has two dimensions. A cube has three. We know that time is the fourth dimension, but what is after that? In this podcast and post I will prove the existence of God by proving the existence of the spiritual (non-physical) dimension. I will prove this dimension exists by utilizing mathematics which comes from this non-physical dimension. For our post-modern, rationally based, scientific world, the genesis of discovering one’s spiritual capacity comes primarily from a rational basis for faith. That is the moment of conception for a journey unlike any other. Where will it take you?
Worship is a deeply spiritual experience but not as you may assume. Worship is not something that only religious people do. In this podcast and post I will explain why worship is seen as an aspect of competitive religious claims and why there is so much confusion about what it really is. We all worship, but it’s not as cliché as WHO or WHAT we worship. I will suggest that worship goes beyond what we know. Worship is the thing beyond the thing that we usually call worship. It is the sacred space that is potentially accessed through every single thing in life. Ultimately worship is not sequestration, but incarnation and to truly live is the event horizon to experience the joy of God.
Wealth and poverty are not about money. Those who make this assumption, almost always run into problems. In this podcast and post I will show how wealth is decision making skill and the most wealthy person in any environment is the one with the most decision making skill. Sacred texts have a name for this decision making skill and it’s called wisdom. Tune in to learn how wisdom is not the accumulation of knowledge but the skill to use the knowledge we possess. Furthermore, I provide the single greatest solution to eradicate economic suffering that our world has ever seen. Our engagement in this solution is not optional, and our suffering correlates directly to our disengagement.
How do you define poverty? What is the cause of poverty? In this podcast and post I will prove that poverty is not what we commonly assume. Most of what we call poverty is actually the by-product of poverty. Is there something wrong with affluence? Do we live in a zero-sum world where the stingy are accumulating at the expense of others? The definition I bring challenges these assumptions and the solution I offer is not what you may think.
We all know something about drinking the corporate Kool-Aid, but have you considered just how deep this subject actually goes? In this podcast and post I will show that drinking the corporate Kool-Aid is the price we pay in order to receive the identity and life that our organizations can give us. Unhappiness is the realization that the Kool-Aid is unavoidable and some people think the answer is to become anti-corporate or to go off the grid. Freedom is possible and it is found in a paradoxical way. We need not give up on society, or our dreams, but we must surrender the means. One rule replaces all the rules. One motivation replaces all motivations. A true identity means we are free from the one the system gives us. Freedom is to be in the world but not of it.
Based on all the feedback and questions I decided to add one more addition to this series. It will be extremely difficult to expand or alter one’s view of Heaven and Hell unless we get to the bottom of JUSTICE. In this post and podcast, I will prove that justice is not based in retribution as we are all taught, but in restoration. The overarching goal of God is not to get even with us, but to make everyone of us whole. For those who can’t get over injustice, I share a story that destroys retribution and I offer a link with 132 verses from scripture just to prove how predominant this alternative sense of justice really is.