From Disunity to Unity

Spirituality easily becomes subjective and amorphous. Jesus keeps our spirituality powerfully specific. He is our window, which focuses the rays of light. He is our koan.

There are numerous Jesuses. There is the Roman Catholic Jesus (culled from Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Merton), the Eastern Orthodox Jesus (filtered for the West through Tolstoy and Dostoevsky), the Nonviolent Jesus (gleaned from The Peace Churches, Jesus’ Third Way, and French Philosopher, Renee Girard), the Jesus of the oppressed (from liberation theologians like James Cone) the liberal Protestant Jesus (from historical Jesus scholars), and the neo-feminist Jesus (culled from Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza and the multitude of feminist theologians since). And the list goes on…

The primal revelation about Jesus that can tie them all together is the incarnation as understood by the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers). This is the subject of my first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.

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Check out my interview with Rich Lewis.

Check out Rich’s interview with Dr. Philip St. Romain regarding his course:  Christian Prayer Methods.

Check out Rich’s interview  with Quaker author, J. Brent Bill.

David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings.  Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program  created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.

How do we know that Jesus was actually raised from the dead in bodily form? This course with Prof. N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, examines the extraordinary claim that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead in a bodily fashion to appear in person to people after his cruel death, crucifixion, and entombment.