“Have you ever had a question or doubt about your religion or its view on the world? Have you ever felt oppressed or hurt by your system of faith?
In today’s podcast and post we conclude the second half of our Advent series by discussing how Christ appears to us through what religion calls…unbelief.
Join me now as we see beyond the manipulative power plays that religion hoists upon us and explore how the Gospel never puts us into religion, and instead, the advent of Christ becomes that voice which leads us out.
“What does the Advent or Christmas have to do with self-deception?”
In this final Advent post on Christmas Eve, I want to peel off a thick layer of confusion or misunderstanding about the Advent, which religion has used to divide our world into sinners and saints. Be warned. Anyone who is unwilling or unable to see their own hypocrisy, will certainly reject this aspect of the Advent.
Join me now as we learn to see the Advent which lives beyond everything and why it is an undeniable, unescapable invitation into the freedom of authenticity, and why so many of us prefer to live a lie.
“What do you know about Samaria? How did such a city come to believe Jesus was the savior of the world?”
In today’s podcast and post we camp for another day in the story of the Samaritan woman. This time, I will dive into biblical history so that we can all see the message which lies hidden in with the plain sight of racial and religious tension.
Join me now as I reveal how Samaria is alive and well in our modern world and how it provides a path to peace which doesn’t require conversion to nor abandonment of any religion.
“What is the Advent season? And what exactly are we waiting for?
For so many in our world, the Advent is like waiting for the Amazon truck to arrive. It’s the anticipation for something that which change our present circumstances. In today’s podcast and post, I will challenge this assumption and reveal that this isn’t the Advent at all.
Join me now as we learn to see Beyond Everything with a look at our mundane, unspectacular existence to see if we can find the true experience of Advent.
While our churches are talking about Advent, the rest of the world has long abandoned the liturgical calendar. The Christmas season is now commercial and has overridden our season of anticipation, but it’s even worse than that.
In today’s podcast and post, I recycle a post from years ago to refresh our consideration that the church is no longer anticipating the Savior of the World, but a dread warrior who is coming back to destroy rather than love his enemies.
Join me now as we see beyond our anticipation of the “End Times” and explore why we stopped believing that God will arrive through each one of us.
What does is mean that God has come into the world? Is the nativity story the only time that has happened? If not, why is the birth of Jesus so emphasized in the church? In this conclusion of this Advent series I will explore the two common ways that the Jewish prophesy of Isaiah 9 is unfolding before us. It is my hope that by placing these two approaches next to each other, that you will intuit on a deep, soul level the difference between conversion and completion, and in doing so, discover that the God of Christmas has awakened all of our hearts.
Is there a God? Is God just a conception of man? Is God just a myth like the tooth fairy designed to comfort us? In this Advent series post and podcast I will explore why religion is never discussed at a dinner party and how everyone who ever lived is a person of faith. I will do this by proving that mathematics and theology utilize a similar framework which levels the playing field for all people while allowing for a vast diversity of experiences.
We all come face to face with disappointment. It can be very unpleasant until we learn what disappointment really is. In this Advent series of podcasts and posts, I will show how disappointment is ultimately the result of us encountering wider aspects of the truth which we suppress rather than love. Trying not to set our hopes too high doesn’t work, but going with the flow, or following the invitation that is present within disappointment will bring us into a place that is impossible to reach without this particular kind of suffering. Discover the benevolence of disappointment.
For most people, the idea of Advent is either primarily or exclusively an historical consideration if it is anything at all. The arrival of God in the world is certainly celebrated this time of the year, but very few people can reconcile a “Savior is Born” with the evening news. In this post and podcast I pose the question: What if the Advent of God is not limited to a history lesson, but is gazing at us each time we look in a mirror?
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