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Thoughtful Thursday: What is God?

Essay, Photography, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
Thoughtful Thursday is designed to provoke our thinking of how we think about God or the Divine.  Quoted From Pat Montgomery Excerpt from Plant Spirit Healing, A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness … Various religions refer to spirit as God or an aspect thereof, so many people's immediate reaction to the word "spirit" is one of religious connotation. What I find in religion in general is that the structure of religion tends to limit the spirit that is at its core. The foundation of rules and regulations that underlies the structure of the house of religion and the trappings of how to get to heaven become far more important than the spirit that dwells in the house so that, in some cases, the house seems vacant. Glenda Green interprets, "While structure is necessary to physical exis...

Thoughtful Thursday – Ten Things the Church Can’t Do While Following Jesus

Christian Church, Christianity, Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
Reprinted with permission of the author. Ten Things the Church Can't Do While Following Jesus by Mark Sandlin The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the answer you'll get to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. Certainly, the church should be full seeking to follow Christ, seeking to follow the teachings of Jesus. However, increasingly, there are those who claim the church is full of hypocrites. They are not saying the church only has hypocrites. That's clearly not true. They are simply pointing out there are surprisingly high numbers of people going to church, calling themselves Christians but whose actions run counter to what Jesus taught. I believe we can do better. Which brings us to the first thing on my list of the “10 Things THE CHURCH ...

Thoughtful Thursday – Empire or Creation?

Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
This is a "reprint" of an article by Wes Howard Brook at ABC Australia/Religious Ethics. Wes Howard-Brook has been teaching and writing at the intersection of church, society and academy since 1988. Wes teaches theology and scripture at Seattle University and at churches and gatherings around the Pacific Northwest, the U.S., and now the world! For a beefed up biography and a list of his books, you can visit Amazon.  Reprinted with permission of the author. ... Empire or creation? Redeeming religion as a binding force Wes Howard-Brook What binds us together as a "people"? In our mobile, globalized world, it's harder than ever to say specifically what connects us as individuals to others. As my wife and I prepare for our five week visit to Australia, a number of our hosts tell us they are ...