Philippians 2 and the Heart Sūtra

One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is the hymn found in Philippians 2:5-11:Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God,    did not regard equality with God    as something to be exploited,but emptied himself,    taking the form of a slave,    being born in human likeness.And being found in human form,    he humbled himself    and became obedient to the point of death—    even death on a cross.Therefore God … [Read more...]

Creative Conversation Begins with Contemplative Compassion

A friend of mine, who is the executive director of a progressive Christian ministry, told me the story of meeting an activist who identifies as spiritual but not religious. At first, this person wasn't even interested in talking to my friend.He saw a Christian as someone hopelessly irrelevant, part of the problem rather than the solution.Fortunately, my progressive Christian friend was able to communicate one essential detail. "I'm not here to convert you or to argue with you. I'm here … [Read more...]