Would you like to hear things you’ve thought about but thought no one else could support? Have a safe place to talk about God or to question God? …to share your divergent understanding about God? ...to hear new stories about God? This podcast and its accompanying Blog are the places you can do that. Give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? (ok, I can think of several things.) I’m a recently retired (from the United Methodist Church) gay pastor living in Southern California. My experience is that when I have encountered that which is sacred, I have awakened, which also means I’m asleep a lot. I have found that when I live out my theology in my daily life that life works out for me. I’ll share my awake moments and what I’m discovering. Living awake assures us that every experience is a gift to be cherished, the painful ones as much as the pleasurable ones. My blog site is searching-for-god.com
Night Watch for New Year's Eve / New Year's Day Observance
This episode of Theology:21ce brings the Night Watch Observance to you. It is a New Year’s Eve version of John Wesley’s Covenant Service. The heart of this service is the Covenant Prayer. It requires persons to commit themselves to God. This covenant is serious and assumes adequate preparation for and a continual response to the covenant. You can participate in the responses by opening the transcript at www.searching-for-god.com or at www.theology21ce.com. I hope this episode serves as an inspiration for you throughout the new year.
All Dogs Go To Heaven
In this episode Reverend Gilbert Stones, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Los Osos, California, talks about both animals and humans being souls, the dilemma of accepting this understanding, and how humans then have to reevaluate our primacy among the creatures of the Earth.
The Beginning of the End of Liberalism - First Shot by Christian Nationalism
Hegel's Dialectic offers the diagram of how the end will come. Thesis - Antithesis - Synthesis. The old Age of Liberalism battles its antithesis, Christian Nationalism. Both will be the diametrics that form the synthesis of a new age.
When the World Ended
In this episode I discuss the misapprehension that the world will end in some "Rapture" or Armageddon described in the Book of Revelation. The world already ended. We live in a new world brought about by the dissolution of the Old Covenant (contract) and the signing by God and enacting of a New Covenant (contract) with all humanity. Here in this episode are my thoughts on the matter. Your thoughts are welcome too.
I apologize for any resemblance my wording presents as insulting to practicing Jews. I have never thought of myself as anti-Semitic. This is the first time I have put these thoughts down. I cringed at the way some of what I say here sounded. Unfortunately, these words represent as best I am able what I have been thinking. I welcome your thoughts on how I can say what I believe and not be offensive.
I Am Who I Am...
In this fourth episode of my third season, I talk about the importance of being true to ourselves, living authentically, and embracing who God made us to be.
The Kingdom of God
In this episode, I talk with my guest, Rev. Lynn Munson-Francis about the Kingdom of God and what it means in our lives.
Really enjoyed my first podcast from Pastor Thomas Ziegert, The path to forgiveness.