Polarizations and strict either/or propositions breed competition and violence. Solutions are found in complex thinking and bridge building.
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May wild-eyed liberals, who’ve rejected all organized religion, become more conservative in the best sense of the word—conserving community, not just families in all their diverse forms, but communal faith. May wild-eyed conservatives loosen their grip on their convictions and withhold judgment long enough to debate the issues and leave room to be surprised, even astonished.
If we can withhold judgment long enough to hear the value in an opposing rant. If we can strain our ears for the cloaked truth, we’ve become ministers of reconciliation. If we can make room for the leper, the prostitute, the extortionist, the gang member with tear tattoos coming down his face, the arthritic uncle, and the Beamer driving sorority sister, the sacred heart of God has seized us.
Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within, including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer
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.
Enjoy Rich’s post: How I Use My Prayer Bracelet.
Check out Simply Good News by New Testament scholar and author N. T. Wright. It is based upon his book Simply Good News. 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. It works well for group studies.
Prepare to be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus. Check out Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright. Enjoy an article Rich wrote about one of the lectures on the Beatitudes.