Tidings of True Joy

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for December 10, 2017

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Dear Folks -

I have decided to take advantage of this season of the year, specifically Christmas, to look at the origin and meaning of the Christmas story. Actually, there are two very different stories of what is referred to as “the nativity”. However, they get smashed together in our world. And, a number of other elements get thrown in - from Santa Claus to “the Grinch.” I have a commitment to contribute to religious literacy which, I believe, will lead to more significant psycho-spiritual growth.

This week we looked at the origins of what religious knowledge people have and then at the two nativity stories to see how very different they are. The stories are true - just not factually true. The questions doing this work lead to are: what do these stories really mean? And, what relevance do they have for us. I called the talk -

Tidings of True Joy

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

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May I Have Your Attention, Please?

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for December 3, 2017

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Dear Folks -

In every spiritual/religious system with which I am familiar, a central teaching is “Pay Attention.” This week I offered I specific example about how it is easy to misread and misunderstand a spiritual teaching. I called the talk

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

It is about who and what we pay attention to in fulfilling our primary task of answering the psycho-spiritual questions: Who are we? And, How are we to live?

That’s a very brief summary of the talk I offered in Ordinary life this week.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To download or read the text version of the talk, click here.

To download or view the presentation slides, click here.

To download or listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

Standing With Jesus

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for November 26, 2017

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Dear Folks -

This week I began a new emphasis in the teachings I offer in Ordinary Life. Both the series title and the title for this week’s talk is

Standing With Jesus

I was a smidgen reluctant to use that title because the name, understanding and concept of “Jesus” has been so hi-jacked by so-called “evangelical Christianity.” I believe, however, that if we can work through the constraints created by organized religion and misunderstandings of the Bible, we can find liberating truths and insights that will allow us to stand with, within, against and in service to our culture. Doing this work can contribute not only to our own transformation but also to the transformation of the planet.

That’s a very brief summary of the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

 

 

 

Are We There Yet?

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for November 19, 2017

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Dear Folks -

This week in Ordinary Life we came to the end of the series of talks based on teachings found in the Gospel of Thomas. Because of this, I gave a brief summary of the history of the discovery and impact of the most important archeological discovery to date that produced this remarkable collection.

Because of the nature of this particular teaching, I was led to reflect on a number of phrases that once were often heard in our culture but now are not. One phrase seems to remain: Are we there yet? Human have been asking it for centuries. It is a question that this last teaching in Thomas is about. The relevance of this question for our own psycho-spiritual growth is profound. Are we there yet? Well, where do you intend to go with the precious life that is yours? The answer to the question is multifaceted.

That is a brief summary of the talk. The audio version has more amplifications than the text from which I spoke.

You can read or download the text, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To download or listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.