The Jesus Paradox of the Alexandrian Mystics 08-16-2017

The Jesus Paradox of the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) has the power to heal divisions in the Church. The Jesus Paradox can bring primal cohesion to worldwide Christianity.

The Nicene Creed brought cohesion to the early Church. But, now mainline Protestant churches in particular have drifted far from The Nicene Creed. They need some primal anchor, more basic and more far reaching than creedal statements of the past.

The church schism between Rome and Alexandria at the Council of Chalcedon (451) and all subsequent church schisms point back to our essential understanding of Jesus. If we can at least come to common ground about Jesus, there’s hope for deeper ecumenism in the coming centuries.

May The Jesus Paradox of the Oriental Orthodox Church be the yeast in the loaf. It will take time to knead it through the dough. But eventually it will gain prominence, because it conforms to the Spirit of truth more than the partial truths that now abound. To learn more about The Jesus Paradox see my first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.

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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 his 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.

Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer.  Enjoy a review of this course by Rich.

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