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Light From The Beginning
February 25: "Light From The Beginning" - Part 1. (download) / PDF
New series: "Light from the Beginning: Genesis 1 - 11" Someone said, "Religion is invented by the powerful to control the stupid." There's a lot of truth in that! In fact, Genesis (and the rest of the Bible) was written in a time when people had been oppressed by religion for thousands of years. Do the homework, don't just parrot everyone else's opinion. The big deal is how utterly liberating the real God really is. I may never be powerful - but I'm done with being stupid.
March 4, 2018: "Light From The Beginning" - Part 2. (download) / PDF
"The Garden": a powerful story of how God created an "earthling," and helped to "apprentice" the earthling to live and work in the beautiful new world. We can't "get ourselves back to the Garden," sorry. But God hasn't forgotten - something even better is coming to us. These stories don't enslave people: they set people free.
March 11, 2018: "Light From The Beginning" - Part 3. (download) / PDF
Leaving the Garden: what happened?! The serpent's conversation was a masterpiece of disorientation, and God didn't send them out as "punishment" for eating forbidden fruit: they damaged themselves, and God rescued them from something even worse. "By the time I got to Woodstock, it was going up in flames." We can't re-create the Garden - but God will. These stories don't lead us into superstition: they lead us out of it!
March 18, 2018: "Light From The Beginning" - Part 4. (download) / PDF
Genesis 4: "Ruling the rage": how on earth did we get from the 1st picture to the 2nd?! Cain's rage against injustice led him to terrible places - long before he killed his brother. Rage blinded him to God, to other people, to himself. Be very wary of solidarity with the rage. In the end, God will set things to right - this sets us free to deal with injustice in His way.
April 8, 2018: "Light From The Beginning - Part 5" (download) / PDF
Why the Flood? God was saving the creation - and humans - from something much worse. In the big picture, when humans stray into destructive ways, led by outside enemies, God sometimes has had to intervene directly and catastrophically. But He provides a way to start over - in the big picture, and on the personal level. "
April 15, 2018: "Light From The Beginning - Part 6" (download) / PDF
Humans built the "Great City" with slaves, blood, greed, oppression, the kind of religion that really is "the powerful controlling the stupid." In a damaged world, because of our hurt, fear, and anger, we run the terrible risk of becoming what we're fighting. God builds the "New City" in a new way that brings out the very best that we're made to be and do, in community - the best is yet to come."
Excursus: March 25, 2018: "Palm Sunday" (download) / PDF
Palm Sunday: how did we get from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify!" in less than 1 week, without social media? All 4 Gospel writers tell the story - rich with irony, very disturbing, profoundly clarifying. It's not simply "whom will we follow?" - it's "how will we follow?" In 4 parts, we'll look at "what they were feeling," "what they were thinking," we'll draw back the curtain to see "what's really going on," and then "how to follow - for real."