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ron cole
Victoria, British Columbia
trying to live faithfully...search, revealing, and building the Kingdom
Interests: in, writing, poetry, painting and music. a thinker, stretching the limits of theology...to where i grasp, and try to reach for the radical scandalous divine redemptive imagination of jesus. trying to live out the missio dei, the reality that the mission of god is to live out the reality of the gospels in every moment, of everyday life. i'm content, that my truth has become more mystery than certitude. i can only conclude that life is found when i live in, in the midst that everything that that mystery is. that mystery is jesus, that is where life is found.
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It neither kills outright nor inflicts apparent physical harm, yet the extent of its destructive toll is already greater than that of any war, plague, famine, or natural calamity on record - and its potential damage to the quality of... Continue reading
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The human dilemma is that we want to personalize what ever it is that ignited the fuse to initiate this infinite creative explosion. The idea, that if we find it, we might reason with it finding ultimate answers to life.... Continue reading
This is the second video exploring redemptive imagination. In the " Cathedral of the Outdoors" all creation is sacred. It is awakening to the reality, that there is something on the other side of the "Big Bang". This God, or... Continue reading
Hey Erin, wonderful to hear from you. I love your story, it made me think of my experience many years back. It was truly a life change experience. I have never seen things the same since. Anyway, I hope all is well...love and peace, Ron. http://thewearypilgrim.typepad.com/the_weary_pilgrim/2012/07/god-bleeds-across-borders.html
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I've been on the margin of religion for some years now. In this self imposed exile, I'm misunderstood and usually avoided like an unpredictable crazy person. To strike up a conversation is like striking a match near a gas pump,... Continue reading
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The great challenge today is to convert the sacred holier than now bread into real bread; the theological jargon of peace into political and social peace; the worship of the out there, up there, somewhere cosmic ruler and judge into... Continue reading
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Human imagination has always been captured by great mythic stories filled with mysterious wisdom. This is one of those stories that engages, draws you in, and takes you to a liminal space where you have to wrestle with the earthly... Continue reading
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"In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of... Continue reading
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I don't exactly know when my belief in the absurd story of Genesis finally evaporated from my mind, the mythical story of God digging his hands into the earth like an artist shaping and molding the human body. And when... Continue reading
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No matter where I seem to go this Christmas I can't seem to get out of the emotional storm and the long dark shadows that seem to diminish any hope of light. The mass murder of children; fragile life, hope... Continue reading
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While laying on the table at the Chiropractor, 6th visit in the past 3 weeks, I was thinking how we have ethnically, culturally and humanly cleansed the gospels. I know you’re thinking, here we go again some more crazy off... Continue reading
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Poetry, parables are acts of imagination that offer and purpose "alternative worlds" because they are open, door ways to infinite possibilities. Can imagination be indeed a legitimate way of knowing? Numbness does not hurt like torture, but in a profound... Continue reading
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( Hopefully after reading my musing...you'll get the imagination in my food art ) Yesterday I had this thought in my mind tumbling around like laundry stuck in the spin cycle. I just couldn't seem to open the door and... Continue reading
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" Remember me ", the thief on the cross yells across to the God-man, Jesus. It is a profoundly haunting human question. To die, a life expired... is it a button pushed and all memory of you is wiped from... Continue reading
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Ever notice how good theology is found in life and not the bible. This week, Fred’s wife died suddenly. He tried his best to be with her, but somewhere between Sidney and Victoria on a Handy Dart Bus she drifted... Continue reading
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"We have longed to taste the resurrection... the insurrection of life... We have longed to welcome its thunders and quakes, and to echo its great gifts. We want to test the resurrection in our bones. We want to see if... Continue reading
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I am told, that Jesus only directly answers 3 of the 183 questions that he himself is asked in the four Gospels! This is totally surprising to me who has grown up assuming that the very job description of religion... Continue reading
The Invitation "It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I... Continue reading
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For years I have been exploring the idea of faith on the fringe of church-ianity and beyond. I like to explore what I call, " radical, scandalous redemptive imagination." I believe our old maps are worn out, in a landscape... Continue reading
This is one of my favorite stories is the gospels ( John 6:1-15 ), everytime I read it, it is like a sun rise that slowly and mysteriously illuminates the landscape of reality to endless possibilities. It continuosly breaks the... Continue reading
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It's hard to imagine anyone coming across Jesus in the midst of the " world crisis " of his day thinking that Jesus was about reforming religion; maybe some institutional changes, a revamp of the worship style...more culturally relevant. They... Continue reading
"Judgment, in my opinion and experience, is an in or out, win or lose, accept or reject, all or nothing proposition - whereas love, as defined above, does not include "out", "lose", "reject", or "nothing" as options." Beautiful Syl...I think Jesus, the God-man constantly reveals this love in the Gospels. Jesus Simply says, " God is Love." The most profound revelation from those words might be, " if God is not love...God does not exist. His love is boundless...there is no barriers, fences, borders, walls or compartments. It knows no limits.
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I think that is was I love about the diversity and beauty of faith in Jesus. I have friends from all denominations of Christianity, and the fact that we can open up in conversation and share in the incredible profound reality of Jesus...excites me. We weave a tapestry that unites, and strengthens the faith...the story of Jesus the God-man. And I don't find doctrines problematic, I just don't think we should limit them. Just as light tends to disperse and scatter revealing more maybe doctrines display the same possibility. As a pastor once said to me..."“Never be content with your current grasp of the gospel. The gospel is the life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than a diamond. It's depths man will never exhaust.” And with that my biggest concern over the last 10 years has been engaging folks in faith conversations around Jesus. It's easy for us to speak in terms of doctrine, dogmatics and christian culture and language. But there is a whole generation of more with absolutely no biblical background...many who will not limit the conversation within those parameters. So I try the find new ways to engage them...new metaphors. To me Jesus is the gravity that holds life together...and I constantly remind myself of that reality. Rick, Thanks for engaging me here, may we both continue to pursue everything Jesus is. Love and Peace.
Rick, for the longest time I struggled with Jesus divinity. Not that I didn't believe he was God. The problem was wanting to make 100% God, like there was no other ingredient in his make up. But he was fully human, and fully God...not 20:80 or 40:60, he was fully both. And the profound mystery of the gospels for me is, not that he came to make us divine-beings...but to be fully human. I don't think Colossians is solely a human vision...if anything it is the image of all reality, from the higgs boson particle to galaxies. Jesus is the divine substance that holds the matrix of reality together. But I still think the gospels is about becoming fully human and our realition ship with all creation...the cosmos.
Usually in the context of my blogging over the years it hasn't been my intention to judge a person usually it is to engage through questions, and critique various aspects of church and christianity and faith. But you are right is is difficult not to judge, but as difficult as it is Jesus reveals we're not to. Matthew 7:1..." Do not judge, lest you be judged ". Or as Eugene Peterson eloquently puts it; "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Did Jesus hate sin? I don't know...I know there is nowhere in the gospels where he says, " hate the sin, love the sinner." That appears to be a christian invention. You raise an interesting question towards the end of your comment, " living according to God's plan." I'd like to wrestle with that one over coffee. Is it really a plan of holy, righteous moral living...or is it something profoundly more redemptively imaginative? We really really struggle with love, and grace...the idea that love can conquer all. It's kind of crazy, but in the gospels about the only people Jesus judged were those who liked to judge...it didn't judge the prostitues, theives, tax collectors the riff raff of the town before he hate with them; the woman at the well; the adultress; Zachias...the thief on the cross. He loved them...I think radical scandalous redemptive love does something divine. I decided long ago to love...the addicts, the gays and lesbians, the transgendered, the alcoholics and pushers we see at CARTS every week. I have been fortunate enough to develope realtionships, friendships with some of them. If Jesus wants to judge me...I hope if I've errored it was on the side of love. Anyways, as always Drew much love and peace to you Nelia and the kids.
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