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Beyond “Thou Shalt Not”

A few weeks ago, when I was feeling particularly worn down by the stresses and sorrows of this pandemic year, I turned to my favorite book of contemporary spirituality, The Discerning Heart, by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au. In the Introduction, they talk about why they feel spiritual discernment is more important today than … Continue reading Beyond “Thou Shalt Not”

Beginnings and Endings: Concluding Thoughts on Knowing God

Well, friends, today this long series on knowing God comes to end. We've covered a lot of ground since November. In the first post in this series, I described why I feel this is important, and it seems as good a place to begin today's reflections as any: No matter what spiritual language I was learning or dialect … Continue reading Beginnings and Endings: Concluding Thoughts on Knowing God

Knowing God together: Worship

As this series on Knowing God winds down, I'm taking the opportunity to pick up on a couple of important threads that may have been under-emphasized through the series. The other day I looked briefly at the importance of community. Today I'd like to turn my attention to worship, and particularly to communal worship. There … Continue reading Knowing God together: Worship

Knowing God together: Community

Over the past few months, this blog has been exploring the idea of knowing God from a number of angles: philosophical, scriptural, historical, and personal. But it's a huge (one might even say infinite) topic and so by necessity some aspects of the subject have been put more in the background than they should be. … Continue reading Knowing God together: Community

Being, Following, and Seeing Christ: Putting the Pieces Together

For the past three weeks, we've been looking at the three elements of a multi-perspectival, Integral approach to knowing God. We might think of such a model as being like an atlas. It isn't a map of its own, but is a map of maps, a framework that tries to put all the different maps … Continue reading Being, Following, and Seeing Christ: Putting the Pieces Together