How Loving Ourselves Helps Us Make Better Choices

Do you ever feel haunted by compulsive, self-defeating behaviors? These can range from obviously self-destructive patterns of alcohol or drug abuse to more subtly unhealthy relationships with food, people, work, or even exercise. All too often, we’re faced with a temptation to indulge in some type of instant gratification that we know – deep downContinue reading “How Loving Ourselves Helps Us Make Better Choices”

Where Critical Race Theory and Critical ACE Theory Intersect

If we, as a society, are unable to accept the fact that there are consequences to our actions – specifically those actions that do harm to others – then we are doomed to be overrun by damaged people. Like the mob that stormed Congress on Jan 6 in an attempt to overthrow our government. ManContinue reading “Where Critical Race Theory and Critical ACE Theory Intersect”

Perspectives on the Abbey: Heathens, Heretics, and Wholeness

In the Western, developed world, the Christian church is dying. Membership is shrinking; young people are taking their spiritual lives elsewhere. When one reflects on the kind of religion being peddled in such churches, particularly in the evangelical and fundamentalist factions, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It’s certainly not a surprise toContinue reading “Perspectives on the Abbey: Heathens, Heretics, and Wholeness”

Cruciformity: Cruciform Theology, Christology, and Reciprocal Kenosis

Part 4: The Cruciform Icon through a High Christology Lens
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”

– John 1:1-4

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As is stated in prologue to John’s Gospel, Christ existed before having been made manifest in the person of Jesus – for Christ is, before anything else, God’s Eternal Word, referred to in the Greek as the Logos…

Cruciformity: Cruciform Theology, Christology, and Reciprocal Kenosis

Part 3: The Cruciform Icon through a Low Christology Lens
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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

– John 15:12-13
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As most folks surely know, orthodox christian doctrine states that Jesus the Christ was both fully God and fully Human. Paying attention to how these two natures interpenetrated within his life is the source of both the strangeness and the ingenuity and imagination of the Christian faith…

Cruciformity: Cruciform Theology, Christology, and Reciprocal Kenosis

Part 2: Cruciform Theology and the Cruciform Icon
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“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
– 1 John 4:7-8

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There is a school of thought in the Christian tradition known as Cruciform Theology. This theological perspective, following Paul’s Christ hymn in Colossians (“image of the invisible God…”), essentially treats the image of Christ Crucified as an icon…

A Simple Practice to Break through the Protective Shell around our Hearts

In our last post: A Simple Practice to Discover how Deeply you Love Yourself, we discussed the struggle many of us face in loving ourselves. The simple act of looking at ourself in the mirror and saying “I love you” is often challenging, because the concept of unconditionally loving ourselves, exactly as we are, isContinue reading “A Simple Practice to Break through the Protective Shell around our Hearts”

A Simple Practice to Discover how Deeply we Love Ourselves

When we struggle to love ourselves, all of our other relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – will be troubled as well. Here is a free, simple practice to help us assess our relationship with our own heart. No, it’s not an online questionnaire with a bunch of multiple-choice answers that never quite express the nuancesContinue reading “A Simple Practice to Discover how Deeply we Love Ourselves”

Perspectives on the Abbey: A Thousand Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

“God is not a question to be answered, but a mystery to be experienced.” How do you all relate to this sentiment? In my time at Abbey of the Redwoods, I have experienced a soul-nourishing community that affirms that everyone must discover their own unique path to the Divine. As for myself, I ultimately believeContinue reading “Perspectives on the Abbey: A Thousand Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground”

Cruciformity: Cruciform Theology, Christology, and Reciprocal Kenosis

Part 1: The Strangeness of the Particular ___________________________________________________ “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation For by Him all things were created, both in heaven and on earth“ – Colossians 1:15-16 ___________________________________________________ The Christian faith is deeply strange. And certainly, given that it is an outpouring of human imaginationContinue reading “Cruciformity: Cruciform Theology, Christology, and Reciprocal Kenosis”