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  1. This Week's Lectionary

    Februrary 18, 2018 Mark 1:9-15 The Message (MSG) 9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” God’s Kingdom Is Here 12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him. 14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
  2. The lectionary is a collection of important Bible verses. They are arranged one per Sunday in a three year rotating cycle. Many pastors use this use this as inspiration for their sermons. This way people are exposed to a well-rounded subsample from Scripture. For this week: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 13:1 Let mutual love continue. 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." 13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" 13:7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 13:15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
  3. Ecumentalism

    I used to think a little like you Craig, but you are missing the forest for the trees on the OT. Some of the big messages are: There is one God but also a rich and diverse variety of other extant supernatural and human/supernatural entities. God communicates to us through intuition, voice, visual theophany, poetry, fiction, song, history, myth and human rationality. God has an active interest in human development and protects us under a mutual covenant. God reveals itself to humanity in a gradual fashion. Not exactly dispensational, but rather progressive revelation.
  4. Ecumentalism

    Just observations about posting anything by anyone on any forum anywere. The message and the medium must be complimentary. Nothing personal intended.
  5. Ecumentalism

    The key to being understood on the internet is to never have more than two sentences per paragraph, and never have more than three paragraphs. Anything more will be skimmed.
  6. The original Heathens! Topic was lost in the last software upgrade.
  7. This Week's Lectionary

    February 11, 2017 Mark 1:40-45 The Message (MSG) 40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” 41-45 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people.” But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.
  8. Panentheism 101

    Thank you, Davidsun but I find your post confusing. I can't even contextualize it.
  9. Shades of Grey

    A better definition of traditional Christianity is a denomination which affirms the Apostle's Creed (modifications allowed), has over 500k members or has existed for over a generation. There are thousands of choices. I would not join the church you describe, but I can't endorse such a bigoted attitude towards traditional Christianity based on one personal experience either. If you would do a little church visiting you would find traditional Christianity is much broader than you imagine.
  10. Shades of Grey

    I'm serious Paul. You describe an upbringing which was somehow pathological, yet you seem to be well adjusted and have a active spiritual life. Sure beats being raised by dingos in the bush.
  11. This Week's Lectionary

    Feb 5, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 The Message (MSG) 29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them. 32-34 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word. The Leper 35-37 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.” 38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.
  12. Shades of Grey

    Yes, a traditional Christian upbringing is a good foundation for more nuanced and wide-ranging views as an older adult.
  13. Newly reborn unto Christ.

  14. I just pray that God's will be done, and that I be aware of His presence. I think praying for knowledge of the presence of God is important. Prayers of petition are not like going to Vegas. Verbalization and visualization are important in both, but prayer does not require a craps table with a low minimum wager, high X odds and a martingale system.
  15. I started a nonprofit in 1990. Twice we had a financial crisis and I prayed for assistance. Both times a check for $3k arrived before the end of the week.
  16. Hello from Texas

    Welcome, Scott!
  17. Hello from Heidi

    Welcome, Heidi!
  18. This Week's Lectionary

    Jan 28, 2018 Mark 1:21-28 The Message (MSG) Confident Teaching 21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars. 23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!” 25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out. 27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.
  19. I've saved the pdf but not sure when I will get to it in my reading list. Probably March at the earliest. In the meantime, would you please post an outline or abstract?
  20. Non-Self Versus Loving Self?

    Seems like a complicated way of saying, "Make new friends".
  21. You have oversimplified things a bit. Jesus and his disciples lived simply, but they still had personal posessions and Jesus provided basic food and even the coin for the temple tax. There was certainly no egalitarian political ethos, as Jesus controlled everything including who was invited to become a disciple. Jesus was not a social planner. He was about generosity and reliance on God and prayer, not politics. Daily life and economics were recognized as requirements but Jesus was concerned with spiritual aspects.
  22. True indeed. Developing our higher senses requires personal purity and holiness, avoidance of sin and dissipation, and service to others instead of service to self.