William Paul Young Session 3 – Friday 7 April 2017 – 9:15-10:15 a.m.

When Larry Norman  was asked to sing at the White House, he was told not to sing anything political. This is what he sang:

You kill a black man at midnight just for talking to your daughter,
Then you make his wife your mistress and you leave her without water;
And the sheet you wear upon your face is the sheet your children sleep on,
At every meal you say a prayer; you don’t believe but still you keep on.

God doesn’t heal us because he wants to use us. He heals us because he loves us. And then he invites us to play.

The opposite of more is enough.

Brad Jersak is a patristic theologian in BC (http://www.bradjersak.com/), but he works deeply with some of the broken parts of our humanity, particularly with women who have been trafficked.

You know in my “family”, that is the family of my heritage, modern, evangelical fundamentalism, you know they’re the ones who won’t read the Shack and don’t like it.

We are so afraid of trust that we are attracted to religion. We’re scared. We want certainty and we’ve learned to climb inside our heads to find it and that’s why doctrine and theology matter a whole lot more than relationship.

The smallest group I have ever been in is a group of four.

John – the last part of the New Testament is a commentary on Genesis – “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God” – the Greek word pros doesn’t mean “with” as in side by side; it means “with” as in turned toward, the Father and the Son, turned toward.

When the Son looks into the eyes of the father what do you not see? You don’t see flinching, you don’t see anxiety, you don’t see any sense of abandonment.

When Richard Rohr starts talking about the cosmic Christ, it’s a big deal.

This is about trusting in the Holy Spirit, in ourselves, in one another, and in you as the gathered community.

When John starts his Gospel, he goes back before Adam. And he sets the framework for the entire cosmos – “In the beginning was” this relationship. And this relationship is all there is; it is everything. And we’re going to be told right at the start that not anything that has come into being has come into being apart from Jesus – the cosmic Christ.

And here’s where the Protestants get a little bit nervous. John is saying the Logos is the cosmic Christ.The Logos who becomes flesh, Jesus, is the cosmic Christ.

The problem with the Protestants and with religion in general is that we didn’t begin with a unity of relationship. We began with separation. And every religion on the planet has some sense of separation here. There is no separation in the Trinity.

It states that creation is created in him and not anything that was created has come into being apart from him.

 

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