One of my favorite stories in the New Testament is the story of the paralyzed man being lowered through the roof by his four friends. We discuss why we as the reader or as the spectator present we are likely to assume one purpose only to be surprised as Jesus going a wholly other direction. […]
Today we talk about compassion. The conversation centers around how within religious institutions we often frame our effort to work with those outside the tribe as “tolerance”. We spend time helping us see that Tolerance and compassion are opposites and come from different spaces. How is tolerance not a Christ-like attribute and how can we […]
Today on the Podcast we delve into what prayer means through our Western Eyes and what it can mean if we take more of an Eastern lens. Can we see prayer as involving more meditation, more contemplation, more pondering, more silence? And if we can, what does that lead to? Visit us at ChristOfFaith.org This […]
Today we dive into Mark Chapter 1 verse 22. We talk about why others perceived a difference between when Jesus spoke and when the religious teachers of the law were speaking. We talk about the dynamics of “Outer Authority” vs “Inner Authority” and how that development moves as we grow. We speak about the confidence […]
In Episode 4 We take a look at Mark 1:9-11 and the baptism of Jesus. We talk about how in this earliest recounting of Jesus baptism it is an entirely individual experience to Jesus. How only later do other authors make this story branch out as evidence of Jesus’ authority and calling. We discuss the […]
In Episode 2 of “The Mythical Jesus: Taking the Christ of Faith Seriously” we tackle the peculiarity of John the Baptist. Specifically his garb and eating habits. We talk about how first hearing of John’s strangeness we chuckle and think how weird that must of been. But digging a little deeper we can use this […]
Today we start a new podcast series called “The Mythical Jesus: Taking the Christ of Faith Seriously”. This podcast will delve into Faith Development, Cognitive Development, and Biblical Scholarship using the Teachings and figure of Jesus from the New Testament as the framing for exploring these deep ideas. Today we start with the Earliest Gospel, […]
Today we sit down with Margaret Placentra Johnston, author of Faith Beyond Belief, as well as her newest book Overcoming Spiritual Myopia. We talk about the spiritual journey hitting on concepts like leaving binary thinking and ethnocentricity, developing an inner authority, and the battle between belonging and authenticity.