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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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My House of Faith I build my house on Unknowingness The foundations do not stand up to scrutiny The walls fold on examination This carpet unravels with each footstep The icons dissolve if I stare These gods vanish when I... Continue reading
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According to anthropologists John Monaghan and Peter Just, "Many of the great world religions appear to have begun as revitalization movements of some sort, as the vision of a charismatic prophet fires the imaginations of people seeking a more comprehensive... Continue reading
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I can only really call myself a mystic. When I finally looked over my shoulder, and could no longer see any path at all...only my foot steps. I new I had arrived. I was consumed by everything; everything that was,... Continue reading
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Truth has to be lived, not known. Life has to be squeezed to the last drop to the last drop of juice. It is not something to be contemplated upon...drink it. The last words of Jesus, the God-man to his... Continue reading
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We can all agree that Jesus, the radical scandalous god-man was a resonator. He was profoundly tuned into the wavelengths of God and humanity, so much so, in him they seemed to be in unison. When we look at how... Continue reading
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"What If… What if our religion was each other? If our practice was our life? If prayer was our words? What if the Temple was the Earth? If forests were our church? If holy water—the rivers, lakes and oceans? What... Continue reading
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If the question has caught fire in you, or doubt has caused a crack in one of your walls, then maybe God's work is done. The rest belongs to the fire. Continue reading
Beautifully said, Erin. " When it's too late to love, or to love well." I think violence is a result of the lack of imagination, especially redemptive imagination. What happened in Ferguson was a complete breakdown in humanity. The violence, or death of a white person will not bring about any kind of justice for the black community. As much as we think the civil rights movement has changed the landscape of America, it hasn't. We are seeing a re-segregation in America, especially in communities like Ferguson. Marginalized, stereotyped, poverty and rampant unemployment, and a sense of powerlessness. Most white people have no connection or relationship with this reality. Justice, or a non-violent redemptive resolution can only come about in a middle ground of understanding. Yes, it will be extremely difficult...but, maybe that is the non-violent fight. Iraq/ Syria is something much more insidious. It is fundamentalism, and fanaticism. This is what bothers me so much about "religion ", and one of the biggest reasons I left the church. When the premise of your religion is soley based on belief, you have drawn a permanent line which can not be moved and must be defended. We are seeing some change by progressives, but just to a point. Usually there is still that fundamental mark that can't be touched. So leadership has do again pursue the depths of human imagination to find something truly redemptive...something that embraces something abundantly human, not religious. Sure it is a great risk to move beyond belief...to something profound life giving, and engaging. But if the majority pursued this path, I think there would be hope. ISIS is radical, fanatical extreme religious faction...using extreme violence to strike fear in the soul of a religion. Can love change them, likely not...as you say to late to love. But, I think the Muslim community everywhere needs to tell of a different islamic religion of compassion with the loudest voice possible...change the tide. We need to fight them also to stop them. But, maybe to there will be a time of somekind of reconciliation. If it can happen in Rwanda...it can happen anywhere. Anyways, Erin sorry for rambling on...but, your " when it's too late to love, or to love well ", kindled some great conversation. Peace.
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"For an earliest generation of Christians, Jesus was not the Savior but the Life-giver. In the original Aramaic of Jesus and his followers, there was no word for salvation. Salvation was understood as bestowal of life, and to be saved... Continue reading
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"The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and... Continue reading
Oh, you are so right Erin. After early in my life of spending 10 years in the Army, almost going to Vietnam and witnessing the whole aftermath of a needless war...and the cost on generation of young men. And then what is going on in the world today...Iraq, Syria, Afganistan and eastern Ukarain. It's a mess of broken humanity. Do we just write of the seemingly impossible words of Jesus, this scandalous god-man. I think we know in our hearts, there is profound truth there. Maybe the wisdom, and the hard journey is moving as close as we can to that place. I think war, the I idea of just wars has become a default switch to affirm our theological thinking. Maybe if we really thought of more redemptive ways, stretching our human imagination to resolve our diffrences for the common unity of humanity would be a step in that direction. Our history definitely tells us war, and violence never end our human conflicts. Surely our existence, our future will depending on moving in the direction of non-violence. I think the hard words of Jesus...require a whole lot more imagination on our part.
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Let’s not forget the Christian demand of discipleship: “Love your enemies.” Central to the Gospel announcement of Jesus is the nonviolent love of those who would oppose us: sometimes physically and other times ideologically. At the center of discipleship is... 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
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