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...]

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...]

Are We Reading the Jesus Story for Inspiration –
or Incitement?

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I want to welcome you to the conversations of the second Christ Path Seminar – Cosmic Christ and the Historical Jesus.As we enter these conversations, Andrew and I both feel the time has come to urge more and more people who want to follow a Jesus path, whether singly or in tandem with other paths, to really wake up, because time is running out for our planet as we know it and our species as we know it.These are serious times - but not lugubrious times; play and celebration and prayer a … [Read more...]


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