The Root Theology of Christian Mysticism 09-24-2017

My core truth about Jesus isn’t rooted in mainstream Western Christian tradition. It is rooted in Jesus’ essence, best preserved by the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers).

Jesus as taught by the Alexandrian Mystics is about the deep stillness of silent prayer and a theology big enough to give that blessed stillness words. The psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The container for intimate stillness and communion with God is Jesus. The Alexandrian Mystics give us words that encompass infinite God and finite humanity, that reverberate in heaven and on earth.

The Jesus Paradox is the distilled essence of the Alexandrian Mystics—the resolution of the Jesus tug-of-war. Its truth convicts my soul, yet doesn’t require me to leave my reasoning mind at the door.

The phrase “Jesus Paradox” (or Miaphysite in Greek) stretches my reasoning mind to its limits and makes room in my heart for the world. For “God so loved the world” (John 3:16a). The Jesus Paradox doesn’t stop short of the world, its many people and religions. It’s broad like the mystics, making room for the sacred heart of God and for our rough and tumble world rife with despair, brokenness, and war.

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This course is a short course based on Prof. N.T. Wright’s latest book, Simply Good News. Tom Wright will guide you through the chapters of his book through videos that suggest what some of the main points are. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. You will be brought into their world in order to make more sense of what ‘good news’ means in our world. Enjoy a short post by Rich based upon this book.

In this course Simply Jesus, students will be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. The goal of the course is to look at the story of Jesus from the perspective of a historian. It is based upon N. T. Wright’s book, Simply JesusEnjoy a short post by Rich on one of the topics in this course.

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.

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