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  1. This Week's Lectionary

    Jan 14, 2017 John 1:43-51The Message (MSG) 43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.) 45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.” But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.” 47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.” 48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.” Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.” 49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!” 50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”
  2. Panentheism 101

    Explains a lot. Philosophy and theology are arts, not sciences. They are aligned with painting, poetry and music. The goal is to put emotion and experience into form so that it may be shared with others.
  3. Panentheism 101

    The whole point of philosophy is to ask novel and increasingly more complex questions. Answering life valued questions and reducing them to their lowest common denominator is looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
  4. Agnosticism

    At twenty paces!
  5. Panentheism 101

    Dawkins is an atheist incorrectly reducing pantheism to a tautology. He even says pantheism and atheism are synonyms, which is ample evidence he does not know what he is talking about. The Gaia hypothesis is a true pantheism. We are but cells in the all encompassing, sentient deity of Gaia. Definite not synonymous with atheism.
  6. Panentheism 101

    But I have a spiritual relationship with you . I did not say this person was incorrect; only inadequate. He has a piece of the puzzle. God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are always present as well. Bricks are a combination of the clay created by God being modified by mankind's free will to be a co-creation. Not unlike grain being co-created by mankind's free will into digestible bread, or rapidly spoiling grape juice being co-created by mankind's free will into wine.
  7. Panentheism 101

    Inadequate in terms of Christian panentheism. A better illustration would be God as a collective consciousness connecting individuals through a web of spiritual relationships. The Holy Spirit of the Trinity.
  8. Agnosticism

    Pantheism posits a supreme being composed of the entirety of reality. This supreme being can willingly alter itself by creating disasters or plucking people out like stray nose hairs.
  9. Agnosticism

    I guess it depends on what pantheism one is talking about. If god is no more and no less than the sum total of existence, my first question would concern life and death.
  10. This Week's Lectionary

    December 31, 2017 Luke 2:22-40The Message (MSG) 22-24 Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: “Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,” and also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or two young pigeons” prescribed in God’s Law. 25-32 In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised. With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation; it’s now out in the open for everyone to see: A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel. 33-35 Jesus’ father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel, A figure misunderstood and contradicted— the pain of a sword-thrust through you— But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are. 36-38 Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem. 39-40 When they finished everything required by God in the Law, they returned to Galilee and their own town, Nazareth. There the child grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him.