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Marsha last won the day on November 13 2010

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  1. Thank you, George. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll pick it up.
  2. I love that reading of John! Perfect.
  3. I really enjoyed reading this thread. I can't tell you how relieved I was, to first hear someone say, that the god of the O.T. was (in part) in the minds of the people of that culture, and not to be taken literally. Not sure where I first read that, but I think it was in one of Dr. Spong's books. It was such a burden trying to merge the O.T. god with the love and forgiveness of Jesus, in the New Testament. I am still learning so much and just loving it, because it finally, almost kind of makes sense! Interesting about CARM. I didn't know there was anyone here, who posted there. I started posting there about four years ago and finally left there about a year ago. It really is terrible. So much division and real bigotry there. A sad place...but, it can be addictive, that's for sure.
  4. Christians have traditionally attributed this to God. To begin with, I guess, there is no evidence that the earth was ever engulfed, completely, by water. But, that argument aside, would a loving God drown most of his creation, save only a few, because they were "sinners"? Is this a parable? Or just something someone made up to scare people into compliance? Not sure how to think about a lot of these Bible stories, these days.
  5. Yes, this reminds me of the "The Art of Letting Go", where we need to let go of all of our preconceptions about God, in order to connect with God, in reality. I know what you mean about going in a circle. I have felt that way, at times. But, lately, I am thinking it's more like a spiral. I am visiting the same questions and issues over and over, but I do think a sort of slow awareness is coming about. Very slow.
  6. I have seen many of those movies! Loved "Eat, Pray, Love"....and many more of the above. How about Yentl? Boy in the Stripped Pajamas (sad and shocking, but what a lesson it tries to teach) Driving Miss Daisy
  7. I loved that video and shared it on Facebook. I googled Peter Rollins. What an interesting person!
  8. Just about any of our actions could be considered "sin", if our heart and intentions are not good. This is what I love about Progressive Christianity. It not only gets to the real meat of Christ's message, but it takes a message that can be seen (and many DO see) as a laundry list of do's and don'ts, and internalizes the basic principles that guide everything we do. Christ was about the heart, about loving and seeing how we are all connected. What effects me, effects you. It is not just a list of do's and don'ts, but principles to internalize and actually live from..
  9. I found your posts very interesting, Nick. I think I mentioned, somewhere on this board, that I am attending a Reformed Church (Dutch Reformed, but they have changed the name to simply Christian Reformed). The religion is based on the teachings of Calvin (well, they would say, based on the teachings of the Bible, as interpreted by Calvin). T.U.L.I.P. is the foundation. This church is not as strictly conservative, as some others I have seen. Some of their sister churches do not allow just anyone to partake of the Lord's Supper with them. You have to go through a screening process with the Elders. The Pastor of my church is very welcoming of anyone to the Lord's Table. He leaves the decision up to the individual and God. I had a deep interest in Calvinism, for quite a long time. I have read two of the four books of Calvin's Institutes. They are most interesting, because there is a lot of history in them, plus you get a glimpse of Calvin's nature and personality. He was very emotional and yet very staunch in his beliefs...and clearly brilliant. But, I started moving away from that, last year, mostly because of the teaching on limited atonement and the elect. That is a hard thing to believe..and I just do not believe in a God who is that...small. Anyway, thank you for the book reviews. Very interesting man, indeed, and I agree with you that it's good to know his history, because, as you mentioned, so many of our Protestant religions are based on his teachings, to some degree or another.
  10. That book does sound good, Rivanna. I will have to see about putting that one on my Kindle. Thanks for the comments, everyone. I just finished the 5th CD, where he talks about the nine stages of consciousness. That was interesting.
  11. LOL!! Too funny! I have to share that with my youngest daughter. She is a big Tori Spelling fan!
  12. I am listening to this audio book by Richard Rohr, who is a Franciscan Priest and I would call him a mystic, from the same cloth as Father Thomas Keating. I have only listened to three discs of six, but enjoying this book very much. Some highlights: -Authentic spirituality is about letting go. -Jesus went towards the pain in the world, not the sin. -Spiritual life is based on "Being", not attaining or simply believing. -God is a Holy Mystery. -Spiritual life is about transformation - living from your True Self, not from the ego. This book is based on the life of St. Francis and his beliefs, but Rohr also quotes from many progressives like Ken Wilbur and Thomas Merton. Highly recommend it, so far. I'll have more to add, as I progress in the book. Has anyone read this one?
  13. Btw, Rob Bell's idea of who Christ is, is also very unorthodox. He believes people can be following Jesus without ever knowing him by that name.
  14. I read Rob Bell's book, "Love Wins", a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it. A lot of the ideas are very similar to other progressives (as was mentioned), but Rob does have his own unique way of expressing it. I am saddened, but not surprised, that his own evangelical community (many of them) are rejecting his work as heretical. He is actually a shining candle in the darkness. I loved his ideas of how we might continue progressing, even after this lifetime, and that Christ's door is always open, whenever we are ready to go and be with him, even in the eternities. That bolded part is very profound (and yet so true in it's simplicity). Something I had always felt, but never really gave much voice to...
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