“What happens when institutional power insists we believe something in only one particular way?
In today’s podcast and post I provide a biblical roadmap for an alternative orthodoxy. Class is in session and this course in Hell opens up a new way of seeing what happens to so-called bad people. What happens in the afterlife if instead of twisting the bible, we straighten it out?
Join me now as we see beyond the threats of Hell by religion, and examine what the bible has been saying all along.
“In a take action world, what good does sitting in silence actually accomplish?”
Today we return to our ongoing series of Psalms Greatest Hits with a look at the Sixty Second Psalm. In a world where people are constantly stealing, lying, and undermining each other, our survival almost seems to require that we adopt immoral behaviors.
Join me now as we see beyond everything and follow the psalmist’s advice to sit in silence, and to reorder what is truly important, so that all of humanity can regain its footing and create the world for which we all long.
“Is our world too far gone to be rescued? Or are we witnessing the events of progress?
I know that this question has a polarizing effect on each of us and that is precisely the problem. Without realizing it our world has drifted away into religious tribal thinking. In today’s podcast and post we continue our look at the Book of Hebrews as the author lays the groundwork of rescue to a very religious audience.
Join me now as we see beyond our modern digital experience to reveal how the modern mind is actually a deeply religious mind and why the present state of the world cannot receive salvation or rescue.
“Some people talk about God, others talk about the “universe” or some vague energy field, are they really saying the same thing?
In today’s podcast and post we rejoin our ongoing series of Psalms greatest hits with a look at the fortieth Psalm. David shares his heart and experience with The Living God, and reveals a kind of intimacy and self-knowledge that requires a “mind” and will beyond just an energetic field.
Join me now as we see beyond our pseudo spirituality as David reveals unapologetically what it’s like to know and be known by the Elohim, the Living God.
I know that’s an uncomfortable question. In fact it’s the type of question that causes a subtle, but devious internal reaction within us whereby we avoid answering. It’s far easier to point the finger at those more wicked than our self.
In today’s podcast and post we pause our other topics to pick up our more introspective series on Psalms Greatest Hits. The Thirty-Sixth Psalm begins a row of soul scouring reflections. Join me now as we see beyond our rejection of morality into that which is trying to find us within our most lost condition.
“How can a Middle Eastern man from two-thousand years ago make us free?”
It’s Easter Sunday and all over the world, people’s personal freedoms have been stifled due to the pandemic. This allows us to see two very different views on freedom which permeate every aspect of our lives. In today’s podcast and post we will look beyond the pandemic at these two worldviews through the lens of the Easter story.
Join me now as we see beyond the two thieves (belief and unbelief) and discover how the Easter story offers a third perspective which bring lasting freedom.
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.
“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!
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.
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.