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info_outline Science & Spirituality Part 3 02/04/2021
Science & Spirituality Part 3 Both science and world religions agree that a unified field exists in the cosmos that holds everything together. In fact, the word Universe means “a reality turning around on one thing. Yet paradoxically, both disciplines offer different stories about the mystery of that one thing, the Creation Story (religion) and the Evolution Story (science). In a divided, post-modern world of disjointed stories, a novel, unifying story is in order.
info_outline Science and Spirituality Part 1 01/21/2021
Science and Spirituality Part 1 This is the first episode in our series and I’m very excited to explore an integral approach to this subject. We begin by talking with Joe Masterleo, author of “Ambient Christ.” His book looks at the ways both science and spirituality are converging. The book goes in depth on models of science that point to a universal field that holds all things together. .
info_outline The Trinity Series Conclusion 01/14/2021
The Trinity Series Conclusion The Trinity is at the heart of most Christian denominations. In fact, it is one of their most important creeds or doctrines. But humans are becoming tired of religious dogma and creed. This approach to Christology is no longer satisfying to people and we’ll explain why.
info_outline The Trinity Narrative - An Integral Reframing 10/30/2020
The Trinity Narrative - An Integral Reframing Today we discuss the Trinity from the Biblical Narrative. Our integral approach to the Narrative interprets Identity in relationship with theology not Christology. Christology is revealed as role and function in the story. We must also remember that Christology is both individual (Jesus of Nazareth) as well as collective (The Body). So we’ll look at the nature of both Jesus and the body from an aspect of unity and oneness.
info_outline The Trinity - Part 2 10/16/2020
The Trinity - Part 2 We discuss the historical context of the Trinity. The Traditional level of consciousness (Spiral Dynamics) dominated during the Roman empire. The empire saw Christianity as a way to consolidate its citizens under one religion. Making Jesus God eliminated all other claims from different religions. Confession to Christianity and its creeds was the authority determining one’s loyalty. The term for going outside the was heretic. It's time to question the handed-down confessional creed of the Trinity.
info_outline Theology Without Walls - A Trans-Narrative Solution 09/24/2020
Theology Without Walls - A Trans-Narrative Solution Those who write and research in the field of Integral Consciousness point to the appearance of a new level or stage of hermeneutics. An integral approach to Theology and the role of Christology within it results in an outcome beyond religion. The Narrative itself becomes the pointing finger toward that which is Ultimate.
info_outline Christology as Trans-Form 09/17/2020
Christology as Trans-Form This session will focus on the role and function of Christology as it relates to the movement from Form to Formlessness. Life is synonymous with growth and transformation. We experience transformation both individually and collectively.
info_outline Theology Without Walls' Greatest Wall - Christology 09/12/2020
Theology Without Walls' Greatest Wall - Christology Christianity is the world’s largest religion. Therefore, its walls are higher than any other religion. But can there be a path forward that takes down this wall of arrested development? Can we move beyond Christology as a religious form?
info_outline Theology Without Walls Part 1 08/31/2020
Theology Without Walls Part 1 Theology Without Walls is challenging theologians to pursue studies of God beyond the walls of their particular world religion. So this is an attempt to move beyond the Interfaith movement. I want to share with you some detail about their foundational concepts and how this finally addresses the questions and proposals offered by our Integral approach. Our integral hermeneutic is now in play!
info_outline Post-Christian - pt. 2: Doug Leaves Christianity 03/09/2020
Post-Christian - pt. 2: Doug Leaves Christianity Ever felt like your tribe had shrunk the Divine down to manageable size? Ever felt like God has to be bigger than this? Ever felt like God is doing something beyond your people and your religion? In this episode we talk with Doug about both the compelling vision and unworkable moment that led him to take his first step out of Christianity.
info_outline Post-Christian - pt. 1: Doug Becomes a Christian 03/03/2020
Post-Christian - pt. 1: Doug Becomes a Christian Do you currently identify as a Christian? Have you ever identified as a Christian? Is the world's largest religion what Jesus came to create? In this series we will take a deep dive into the growing rise of the “nones” and explore why many folks are walking away and perhaps what they are walking into. In this episode we follow Doug’s childhood story of growing up in the church and becoming a Christian.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 21: Doxology 02/25/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 21: Doxology Cody and I wrap up this series on Romans 9-11 by discussing the doxology of Paul. One cannot help but notice its tone of celebration about the nature of God. Why was Paul so ecstatic? What does the doxology have to do with his understanding of universal acceptance after universal disobedience? How do you see God? Thanks for joining us today!
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 20: The End 02/18/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 20: The End Paul makes it undeniably clear that God's answer to human frailty is mercy. He uses the word mercy 4 times in his concluding remarks. He emphasizes God's grace toward all those who did not believe like the Gentiles. All have been found under disobedience that He might have mercy upon all. This includes their enemies (11:28)!! What does our planet need to awaken to? What is our way forward? Thanks for joining us.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 19: No More Jew or Gentile Erasure 02/11/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 19: No More Jew or Gentile Erasure Paul draws his conclusions about God's universal love and acceptance in chapter 11. God's work in Christ was to take down the wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile. God identity belongs to the realm of the formless. There are no boundaries separating our global family with regard to value and identity. Everything and everyone is one. Paul lets the Gentiles know they have misunderstood their role in God's reconciliatory process, a process that involves all of us.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 18: Full Acceptance 02/03/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 18: Full Acceptance The Narrative tells us that Jesus arrived on the historical scene in the "fullness of time." In what sense does this fullness show up in the story? Paul explains that one element of fullness was the world-centric message of God identity that brought the Gentiles into the promises of God made long ago. Identity would break out and beyond the ethnocentric world into the universal nature of God. But another element of fullness that was necessary was regarding God's wrath. That fullness was modeled by unbelieving Israel. And the fullness of God's wrath was essential to gentile salvation as well. Not to determine who achieved proper faith and belief in order to obtain God identity, but rather to reveal the failure of all humanity to grasp anything through self as source. "He has found ALL under disobedience that He might have mercy upon ALL."
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 17: Is Jesus a Requirement? 01/28/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 17: Is Jesus a Requirement? Paul begins Romans by saying, "the righteousness of God is being revealed from faith to faith." God's righteousness is fidelity to the promises. The revelation of how God keeps those promises has 2 elements: justification by faith and unbelief/condemnation. We continue our discussion of the necessary revelation of human consciousness that leads to condemnation and failure. Our failures were never meant to leave us separated from God. Our failures are necessary to our growth in understanding God's acceptance. Life is always about growing in light of God's fidelity to His promises.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 16: Judgement 01/21/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 16: Judgement The evolution of God identity came through a two-fold process culminating in both justification as well as condemnation. Paul explained to the Galatian gentiles that the bondwoman, representing those under law, would be cast out. Therefore, do not give in to the Judaizers who were attempting to subject them to circumcision as part of their new identity. Paul now explains to the gentiles in Rome that the casting out of the old was to make way for the acceptance of the new on the basis of God as source of all human identity. God's final word was not casting out justification and condemnation. The final word was acceptance, reconciliation, and restoration of ALL things.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 15: Cast Away 01/14/2020
Irrevocable - pt. 15: Cast Away Romans 10 cannot be understood apart from Romans 11. Sound simple? Well, it wasn't for the gentiles in Rome and it hasn't been for Christians during the last 2000 years. Today we discuss the 2 concurrent themes running through the last days: justification and condemnation. Both had a role in the universal reconciliation of the world and the restoration of all things. The role of condemnation is what the gentiles misunderstood. That's how we got Christianity! Thanks for joining us.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 14: How Exactly Does One Receive Salvation? 12/10/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 14: How Exactly Does One Receive Salvation? Paul goes into detail in chapter 10 about the current state of Israel with regard to faith and belief. We have to remember that Israel also had those of great faith and deep belief (see Jesus, apostles, etc.!) The Narrative reveals how we humans will always have the potential for growth. Faith can always be deeper. Belief can always be stronger. In this sense our past represents a time of less faith and belief. Paul points out that Israel stumbled when she encountered the faith of Christ. However! Paul will also ask, "have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not!" (11:11) Our lack of faith will keep us unconscious of the abundance of life, but it is not a work or requirement that determines our identity as God's own. Thanks for joining us today.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 13: Christianity the Stumbling Block 12/03/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 13: Christianity the Stumbling Block In this episode we finish our discussion of Romans chapter 9. There are 2 aspects of our human nature that are being revealed in Paul's time. One aspect relates to our self-centered instincts and brings about wrath. But wrath is a term in the Narrative indicating the removal of what stands in the way of our growth in spirit. Wrath is never the final word in this amazing story of our life's journey. Instead, wrath always leads to reconciliation and restoration.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 12: More Wrath! More Reward! 11/19/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 12: More Wrath! More Reward! Today we wrap up our conversation on the wrath of God in Romans 9. This subject will come back up in chapter 11. We will be able to fill out our understanding of wrath in its role once we complete Paul's line of thought. Ultimately, Paul understood that the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob pointed to a revelation of wrath and reward that would be fulfilled through Christ.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 11: Wrath and Reward 11/12/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 11: Wrath and Reward There are two elements of salvation running side by side in the transformation period or what is called the last days. Those that remained attached to the passing world of religion as inaugurated by Moses were going to experience wrath. Those that followed the faith of Christ would be rewarded. However! We continue to discuss the role and function of wrath as that which sets the stage for restoration and reconciliation. Wrath serves to remove all that stands in the way of human misunderstandings. Wrath is for the benefit of God's children. Join us as we discuss this in more detail.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 10: Romans 9:14-18 11/05/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 10: Romans 9:14-18 Abraham symbolizes two aspects of the integral trajectory in the Biblical Narrative. The first aspect relates to his grandson Jacob who later became Israel. This aspect is biological through genealogy and lineage. The second aspect relates to Abraham's son Isaac. Paul notes that ultimately Abraham's descendants would be through his seed singular - meaning Christ. The birth of Isaac and the resurrection of Christ both come by the power of God. Paul is setting the stage for correcting the gentile misunderstanding about salvation and their saved/lost paradigm.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 9: Romans 9:9-18 10/28/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 9: Romans 9:9-18 Today we compare Paul's use of Romans 9:6 (a very controversial verse) with his writing in Galatians 3:16. His motivation for writing both groups was to emphasize the source of salvation and the source of our identity. The gentile struggles with this have been handed down through the centuries from the days of the Holy Roman Empire! We look at why an integral approach to Paul is so vital to moving beyond these long held struggles.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 8: Romans 9:6-9 10/21/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 8: Romans 9:6-9 We wrap up the first 9 verses of Romans 9 in this episode. Paul sets the stage for how Israel is saved. His teaching on salvation is consistent throughout his letters. Salvation is not of the flesh or human doing. Paul starts chapters 9-11 by clarifying how Israel is saved by God or Spirit as source and not through their attempts to keep the Law. While this seems obvious to the gentiles, Paul will have some shocking news about the manner of their own salvation. But, first, he must establish the role of Israel in this process.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 7: Romans 9:4-5 10/14/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 7: Romans 9:4-5 Paul is concerned with the saved/lost paradigm of the gentiles in Rome. He knows that God's work in Christ was to deliver humans from judgment — not set up humans as judges. He begins by going back to the roots of this story and the role of the fathers. The fathers were foundational to religion — the religion of Moses. But Paul starts with the promises made to the fathers. Promises of deliverance from religion.
info_outline Irrevocable - pt. 6: Romans 9:1-3 10/08/2019
Irrevocable - pt. 6: Romans 9:1-3 This episode wraps up our first look at the critical passage in Paul's letter, Rom. 11:26,27. We'll return to it later but these 2 verses have found themselves in the middle of numerous interpretations. We continue to use the Social Science model of Spiral Dynamics along with an in depth study of the Narrative. The problem revolves around a 2000 year old paradigm of saved/lost. The gentiles did not think all Israel would be saved. How about you? Do you have a saved/lost paradigm? How do you determine a person's fate when they die? Thanks for joining the conversation!