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.
Welcome to the first broadcast of Beyond Everything Radio! This will air February 11, 2018 on AM 670KLT in the Denver Metro area. The Beyond Everything Radio Podcast will be a re-airing of the radio broadcast. In this broadcast I will examine why the question “Who or What is God?” is not really working anymore. We need a new question. We will then begin this series looking at Paul’s discourse in Athens as a framework for the new question which ushers in a theology for everyone.
We can all imagine the world a little bit better than it is. When it comes to work, we can imagine it a lot better than it is. Did you know there is a watershed principle that radically determines what kind of company we are employed by? It’s called by many names but boils down to either being a “People first” company or “Something other than people first” company. The bible calls these two diverging perspectives the Kingdom and the world. But its not a matter of whether you boss or owners or shareholders will make a change. In this podcast and post I prove that we bring the change to each and every moment and collectively we either oppress ourselves or liberate ourselves. It’s up to us. What will you bring to work this week?
Is the Church a Crutch? This is a fair question and worthy of fair and self-critical answer. In this podcast and post I offer both the positive aspects of church as well as some sobering questions that pastors, church planters, and parishioners really should consider. The statistics of church decline within our culture are staggering and I believe something beyond social decline is taking place. I offer a test that you can try to see if the church is in fact a crutch. I’ll also offer a perspective that can illuminate a path forward as well as a new definition of what The Church is and can be.
Our world is full of Life-Coaches. This is an amazing time when access to information is soon to reach the entire globe. Information is shared in a global platform and has allowed online coaching to blossom within every area of human interest or need. Content is everything when it comes to coaching, and in a global information age, most content is homogenized. Thus coaching is really about accessing that 1 -2 % of nuanced, novel content. Even still, there is a big problem. Why doesn’t this amazing content transform more lives? In this podcast and post, I will expose the false claim that our DOING creates our BEING and how that cripples personal transformation. As an UN-COACH, I will explain the paradox of Big Truth and prove that it is our BEING that creates our DOING, and that changes everything.
Five years ago I transitioned from the typical church delivery system to serving as an online pastor and “un-coach.” So what happened? Was I disgruntled or angry? No. Was there a moral or theological deficiency? Nope. Behind it was a single question that emerged from our elder board which asked: “Has the church so highjacked peoples lives that liberation from it seems sinful?” Honest self criticism forces us to accept that 95% of all expense and energy and effort goes to the Sunday morning show. In this post I celebrate how online ministry provides a framework that puts people back into their lives and serves people by shedding all the bulk, expense, and pretense in favor of just being who we are, where we are. Freedom is learning to detox from our structures and thrive in the flow of ambiguity.
Healing is beyond our comprehension. We’ve explored beauty and our frameworks for healing but today we explore the biggest thing that exists. Our world has an overwhelming amount of pain and what we call “meaningless suffering.” How can anything heal us at this point? What is the path of healing? The proclamation of love is that it restores everything. How can this possibly be true? In this podcast and post I use metaphors to access the trans-rational aspects of our thinking and open us up to our inner spinster who fears loving again. We will learn that the only category big enough to understand and heal human suffering is that of love. Healing love begins immediately once we remove ourselves as the goalie of our heart.
Most modern people think healing is the recovery from a sickness or ailment. What if healing is more than a disconnected byproduct of a prescribed therapy? In this podcast and post I examine four common ways we approach healing and suggest that healing is not an end in itself, but a means to liberation. Learn how we are not passengers in healing, but daily participators in a life long dress rehearsal for the healing yet to come.
We all know something about crying because we all have a cry within us. In this podcast and post we will explore crying first from the scientific perspective, and then we will go beyond what science can offer. We will discover that crying is a portal that opens up a dimension that is easily missed. I will define what a cry really is, and the reason why we all cry. For those like me who rarely have a “crying event”, this post will open up a perspective that proves just how much we actually cry and why we do it. Don’t assume you already know this. This one is not to be missed.
The next time you feel that you are coming down with a cold, I want you to pay attention. There is a very sobering moment that transpires once we recognize that our body/brain communication has been diminished. In this post and podcast I will use the flu as a portal through which we can view suffering. It’s really hard to sit still, to be quiet, and to slow down, but suffering has the power to help us. In this sense, it is benevolent. I’ll compare this to the spiritual practice of contemplation and leave you with a view of suffering that you may never have considered.
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.