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Continuing our look at how language informs meaning, and in particular how the future perfect tense helps us think about…
- the spiritual journey before us…
- how we live in spiritual community.
Living in the Future-Perfect Tense.
Yet another skill necessary if we would reweave the spiritual community so necessary for our souls to thrive.
Here’s how it works.
We live in Time-X. But the great hope of our tradition is a state of redemption and soul-health. We are moving toward that state, approaching Time Z. The trouble is the getting… from here to there.
Our tradition speaks of another element (Event-Y) that happens on this journey; a means by which we move from now… to then. Continue reading
Skill #1: Growth.
Stands to reason doesn’t it? If we don’t have a learning and growing posture, we don’t grow into the skills, competencies, and emotional framework to do spiritual friendships well. Look around if you don’t believe me. As a society, we feel deeply alienated, and as a society, our spiritual, emotional, and relational skills are atrophying at alarming rates.
So, we’re talking about rebuilding them. Continue reading
We’re in the middle of a lesson on authentic spiritual community, but it’s Labor Day Sunday and many of us are traveling. So, rather than continue the lesson that’s building one week on the next, I thought I’d just do … Continue reading
Recently, the man in our community who helps people find us on the web asked me for help. To help him design google campaigns, he wanted me to define the people for whom NRCC is a fit. “Who comes here and stays,” he asked. ”What kind of people find NRCC good for their souls?” So for an hour or so, he asked me questions and feverishly typed out what I said. Together we came up with four personae (plural for “persona…” who knew?) who find Life at NRCC…
The Community Seeker
The Religious Deconstructor (and it’s companion the Religious Constructor)
The Disillusioned Church Veteran
The Wilderness Wanderer
These are precious people, and this lesson will help us understand each other, and help us help one another move forward on our journeys. Continue reading
Continuing where we left off last week, we consider how gratitude, expressed in good works, is manifest in our lives. Continue reading
The ancient art of confession is lost to most Christians today. It is a loss that causes great peril to our souls. In this lesson, we talk about the importance of this ancient practice, and some of the reasons we tend to resist it. Continue reading
Today we listen to the wisdom of one of the wise men of our Christian heritage. His name was Francois Fenelon. He lived about 400 years ago, and wrote spiritual letters, many of which have survived. In the letter we look at today, he writes about tolerance for people in their weakness. Have a listen. Continue reading
This week, my dear friend and a fixture in our spiritual community died. Jim Amundson was a letter from God, written for us to read. In today’s lesson, I discuss Divine Grace, and my text will be Jim’s life.
1936-2009 Continue reading
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