Archives for May 2011

Spirit-centered Process #1 Does Theology Matter?

All theological reflection should be willing to face the question, “So what?” Are our ideas merely abstractions with no value below the neck, or to they help us navigate the rough and tumble world of living and dying, loving and fighting, healing and curing? Do they give us guidance for our political and economic as [Read More…]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #20 – An Intimate Question

In my final reflection on Mark’s healing stories, I want to focus on Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” The fact that Jesus healed his blindness, responding both to his physical condition and the reality of his social location as an outcast, most likely blamed for his disease, [Read More…]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #19 – Blessing the Children

In another curious passage, the disciples discourage people from bringing their children to Jesus. (Mark 10:13-16) We don’t know their motivation, perhaps they see the children as a nuisance to their Teacher, or they believe that they will only get in the way of Jesus’ more important business. Once again, Jesus rebukes them. “Let the [Read More…]

Adventures in Healing and Wholeness: Global Healing

In a curious story, Jesus’ disciples return to their teacher, rather proud of themselves. (Mark 9:38-41) They report: “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t one of us.” They expect to be congratulated for maintaining the purity of Jesus’ teaching. Instead, Jesus tells [Read More…]