Do You Dare to Stand Near to Jesus – Near to the Fire?

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We are continuing our exploration of the Gospel of Thomas with logion 82, where Jesus says: “She who is near to Me is near to the fire.”He knew that what He discovered on behalf of the whole of humanity was a terrible fire, a fire of purifying, excruciating, glorious, tremendous love power. He knew that anybody who joined His path would have to go through enormous struggles and ordeals, because He Himself had been through these struggles and ordeals.He also knew that anybody who fell in l … [Read more...]

Why Being a Good Girl or Boy Will Not Get You Up There to Heaven

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So we are continuing our journey of radical transformation through the logions of the Gospel of Thomas, with logion 3.Jesus said: “If those who lead you proclaim to you: ‘The realm is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will enter before you.  If they proclaim to you: ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will enter before you.  Rather, the realm is within you and outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the children of the Li … [Read more...]

The Gospel of Thomas – A Road Map to Transfiguration

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I am not writing to you today as someone who wants to present a scholarly picture of some ancient text and its mystical ramifications. I am writing to you as someone who knows that this world is in horrific danger, that we are running out of time and that the only possible way through is with a massive, grassroots revolution of inspired sacred love in action.I am spending my life, giving every ounce of my energy and passion, to going all over the world to say to people, “For God’s sake, wake … [Read more...]

The Kingdom of God is US – Each and All!

"In the phrase, “The Kingdom is among you,” the word “you’ is plural!  The Kingdom is among all of you, among us, where two or three are gathered together " - Matthew Fox at the second Christ Path Seminar

So Jesus was shaking up both the political and religious institutions of his day with this idea of the Kingdom of God. But what does that mean for us today, here and now, in the 21st century?Now the essence of the Kingdom, Chilton says, is based on the community’s acceptance of the poor, the hungry, the bereaved, and the shunned. The Kingdom of God is in your midst, and he points out that this is so important, that in the phrase, “The Kingdom is among you,” the word “you’ is plural! (In Greek … [Read more...]

Shaking up Empires and Priesthoods for the Sake of the Kingdom of God

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So – we’ve looked at Jesus’ deconstructing the false gods of his day. But why – what was the larger agenda, the larger vision, behind his actions?The vision behind all his teaching, all his revolutionary words, was the Kingdom of God.Now, everyone who heard the word Kingdom in his day knew it was politically wrapped. It was about this Kingdom of God, versus the Roman Empire, the kingdom under which they were living on a daily basis. Jesus was talking to a people who were not only oppress … [Read more...]

What Are the False Gods of Our World?

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Jesus talks a lot about false gods. He’s talking about idolatry all the time, and about projections and the shadows of avarice and envy, for example, which as I say constitute our economic system in its present state.So again, I ask: How are we doing today with living his message?The names of the false gods of today could all be written in capital letters: for example, Nation with a capital N, or Religion with a capital R. My Religion can beat up on your Religion, my God can beat up on y … [Read more...]

Don’t Spend Years Studying Jesus – Put His Teaching into Action!

"Jesus identified himself with that prophetic promise, that he had come to speak to the poor, heal the blind, and so forth – as we all are!" - Matthew Fox brings the message of Jesus home in the second Christ Path Seminar.

So in what way was Jesus a prophet? There are so many ways…but let’s look at just a few. We do know how, very early in Luke’s gospel, in the 4th chapter, he went to the synagogue. And it says in the gospel that he picked up the scriptures and started to read.But Chilton says that Jesus was not literate, that this is Luke, making Jesus look better to the culture, cleaning it up, making him look good to the middle class: he could read, he could do everything the priests could do. And we shoul … [Read more...]

Encountering Jesus from a New Perspective

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So who was Jesus the revolutionary? To answer that question, we need to look at the Historical Jesus from an entirely new perspective: as a mystic, and as a prophet.  And this new perspective requires Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time – which is the title of a marvelous book by Marcus Borg. I like that title a lot, because we all think we’ve met Jesus, we all think we know something about Jesus. Well, Borg was a pastor for many years, and for many years he was a theologian, and all that … [Read more...]

Unmasking the Shadow Force that’s Driving Our Economy

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Before I move on to look at Jesus as a revolutionary, I want to take a brief detour and make one important comment about consumer capitalism as we practice it today.As consumers, we’re deluged with advertising 24/7 on TV and the Internet and all the other media, and then there are the shopping malls where we can work it out. At that end, where of course the poor and middle class are – the receiving end – there is a relentless media message to act on greed, also known as avarice: “I want more! … [Read more...]

What Would Jesus Protest Today?

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In my last post we looked at the men and women who are risking their lives to speak out for justice against the powers of our times. Their stories show us that it's no less daring to walk the Christ Path today than it was 1,700 years ago.So what are the issues that Jesus would speak out against today?I can think of a number of them - and any one of them is worth our complete attention and commitment. And just to name them, I think, is important: to know that there are people and groups … [Read more...]


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