How people view God is often influenced by their experience of authority, especially parental authority. Some parents can be quite harsh and tyrannical, always pushing and rarely encouraging. Some parents can be quite the opposite, permissive but not providing much in the way of structure or support. Other parents can be altogether absent. The best … Continue reading How transformative is your God?
Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra once wrote: This new experience – this opening of the heavens and the expansion of the horizon – is one of the most beautiful experiences that a person can have. From then on, the character of our life is changed. From then on, we soar through the sky on wings. Provided … Continue reading Expanded Horizons
I have often wondered why Evangelicals tend to imitate the teaching style of Paul more than Jesus, even though Jesus was clearly a popular and profound teacher. What would it mean to teach more like Jesus? Here are some reflections on Jesus as Teacher by Nicholas C. Burbules: As with Socrates, too, these disputatious dialogues … Continue reading Jesus as Teacher of Moral Transformation
"How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?" (Psalm 13:2) I love the Psalms for their sheer honesty. Because they lead me into sheer honesty with God. They reassure me, hey, you don't have to have it all together, you don't have to wear a fake … Continue reading Transformation as act of confession
I don't know about you, but I've often thought evangelical Christianity overemphasises the born again experience, to the detriment of the discipleship experience. For me, discipleship is a process of life transformation, a process that involves both the disciple and the master and the world. Here are two teachings I find very instructive. Do not conform any … Continue reading Life transformation
The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. (1 Samuel 10:6) What has transformation looked like for you?
I have been meditating on transformation and change beyond conversion. Many new religious movements speak of the quest for personal transformation. What does the Jesus movement have to say? Here are a few ancient sayings I am sitting with: And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you … Continue reading The Quest for Personal Transformation
Some time ago Jolly Blogger posted this picture under and accompanying text under the title of "failed gospel tract". Not sure I'd call it a failure. It shows up the unbiblical saccharine of the prosperity gospel well enough.
Symeon the New Theologian: “…I move my foot, and at once He appears like a flash of lightning. Do my words seem blasphemous? — Then open your heart to Him and let yourself receive the one who is opening to you so deeply. For if we genuinely love Him, we wake up inside Christ’s body … Continue reading Transformed in Him
When we talk about life transformation or salvation, what do we mean? What does it encompass? Here are a few thoughts from Bryan Myers via Wilderness Wonderings: A lost soul needs to be transformed into a saved soul. A dying body needs to be transformed into a nourished body. A sick body needs to be transformed … Continue reading Christian transformation has multiple dimensions
I was just wondering if there were any people out there that were interested in exploring Christian meditation but were nervous about the whole altered states of consciousness thing? Here is how I see it: I am basically open to altered states of consciousness, I experience them myself, but the value of our meditation practice … Continue reading Meditation and Ethical Transformation