Dear Folks -
The title of the "life talk" this week is "Digging Christmas."
To "dig" Christmas has, for me, two meanings:
First, to understand.
Second, to delve deeply into.
My goal in this talk was for us to understand both the context in
which the Christmas stories were conceived and told and to understand
the context in which we live. Our times and our lives are much more
like those who were in power at the time of the birth of Jesus than we
are accustomed to thinking. The talk I gave amplifies on these matters.
The text I used for the talk is below. The audio version is different
somewhat. You can listen to it by going to the Ordinary Life website
where you will also find the overheads, including cartoons, I used in
Click here to Download text 20101212.pdf
Dear Folks -
This week in Ordinary Life I began a series I intend to carry out through the first of the year. I will be focusing on the birth stories of Jesus as found in the Christian tradition and seeking to see what those stories might mean for us in the here and now.
This week's talk introduces the series. The birth stories we have are very different from each other and were originally intended to be heard not only as personal stories but also - and perhaps primarily - as political stories. We are very unaccustomed to hearing these stories this way. The primary point of this talk is that whereas our primary interest is in having "peace of mind," God's primary interest is in having "peace on earth."
Click here to Download text 20101128.pdf
Click here to Download Presentation Slides 11:24:10 - Peace on Earth.pdf
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Dear Folks -
The "life talk" I gave this week is about grace - the most important and central concept of spiritual and religious work. Certainly this is true for the Jewish-Christian traditions.
Our culture, working as it does on a system of reward and punishment, easily misunderstands grace. We are used to thinking of injustices (usually those we think done to us), justice (usually those people we think deserving of punishment) and just rewards. It is only when we step outside of this system can we begin to understand the notion of grace.
This is a summary of the talk I gave in Ordinary Life this week. The full text that I used is below. The overheads and cartoons I used, along with the ability to download an audio file of the talk, can be found below as well.
Click here to Download text 20101121.pdf
Click here to Download Presentation Slides 11:21:10 - The Trouble with Grace.pdf
Click here to Download audio 20101121.mp3