Divine Energy...

Recently I received an e-mail from a friendly online visitor named Christine, a practicing Taoist with questions about emerging Christianity.

Christine wrote:

I organize a meetup site for Taoists, and someone joined my site who wrote on his profile page that he was also interested in emergent Christianity. I didn't know what this was so I searched on the internet and found your site.

I saw that you wrote about emerging christians, that "We have hope for the kingdom of God to break into the present, and to transform the present." I have never been a Christian but I hear this a lot, and I wonder what it really means.

I'm reading a book called Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. He talks about the Greeks and how they had the concept of the Logos, a divine intelligence that created and organizes the world. Then I read about early Christianity and how people were so amazed and thrilled that Christ had been transformed by the divine spirit of God. They thought that humans up to this point had been separated from God but now they had Christ as an example of how God or divine energy could actually unite with a human.

So I was thinking about your comment about God breaking into the present, and transforming the present. And I wanted to say that I think it is currently possible for divine spirit or energy to enter a human and transform a human into a higher being. Some people would be somewhat transformed and others, maybe not as many, could be transformed into a divine being like Christ. Do you think so?

I know this happened to Buddha and Mohammed. The Taoists have the idea of Tao which is similar to the concept of God or cosmic energy. I think this energy is universal and that it's available to all humans, but depending on the evolutionary consciouness of a particular human, it will have a different transformative affect on each person. What do you think?

Just to let you know, I never went to church. My family stopped going before I was born. All my brothers went to Catholic school, but my father got sick of the church asking him for money so he stopped going. I guess my mother wanted me to go to church when I was a baby, and when my family, all-dressed up in their sunday best, went to get into the car, my brother's finger got broken in the car door hinge. So they ended up taking him to the emergency room instead of taking me to church! After that I guess they figured it was too much trouble.

So now I'm a Taoist which is a great! I love my practice!

Personally, I love it when non-Christians touch base for respectful interfaith dialogue!

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Mennonites Getting Political?

Mennonites often speak about a "third way" of approaching many social, cultural, spiritual, and geopolitical matters. They believe that the polarized, black-and-white ideological assertions of the world's power structures rarely align - on either end - with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The "third way" is often typified by love, compassion, faith and pacifism.

Typically, though, Mennonites do not engage in political activity.

With this year's heated election, that may be changing...

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Buy "Church of the Perfect Storm," I contributed a little something!

Leonard Sweet's recently released postmodern compilation of multiple contributing writers hit stores in March, but I was so focused on my own manuscript I didn't make time to mention it.

I wrote Chapter 12. Call it a reflection of some latent Star-Trek nerdity, carried over from Middle School. Call it "Sweetened," because I certainly wrote to fit Len's lens. All I can say is, it was a lot of fun to write, and even more fun to read in print!

George Bullard writes: "Just as during a hurricane the safest place for ships is not the harbor, but the deep water, so Christianity in a post-modern era must launch out into deep water and face head-on the perfect storm created by the convergence of post-modernity, religious pluralism, institutionalized Christianity, and militant atheism. Go forth and become storm chasers. Join The Church of the Perfect Storm as shown to us in this book by writers Len Sweet, Greg Glatz, Stephan Joubert, Alan Jamieson, Dries Lombaard, Younglae Kim, Earl Pierce, Bill Easum, Michael Blewett, Mark Batterson, Tom Bandy, and Peter Walker."

I hope you'll have a chance to pick it up...

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