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Find, Affirm and Own Your Axis Mundi

Axis Mundi. It is a strange pair of words. Esoteric sounding? Yes. Perhaps it paints a shamanistic image in your mind? Maybe. Is it Buddhist? Yes, though it would definitely be articulated with a different language, culture, and custom. The same sort of contextual articulation would apply to a plethora of Indigenous Tribes, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In fact, Axis Mundi, as a concept, is universally present in all of religion. We all search for our own Axis Mundi. Read More »

Trinity as Model for Church Community

Jesus’ prayer in the 17th chapter of John’s Gospel is that we would be as one. Unity! Let’s put this prayer in perspective. Jesus and his disciples gather in a small upper room. They gather there for one purpose: to share the Passover meal. They sing a few songs together, praise God, pray a lot, eat, and drink their wine. During this meal, Jesus institutes our sacrament of the Last Supper. He also washes the feet of the disciples. Jesus, after they finish with all of this, prays the John 17 prayer.

Jesus either prays this prayer right there in the room, upon completion of the other events shared, or he prays it as they walk towards the Garden of Gethsamene, where he prays some more while the disciples pass out under a tree from too much Passover wine. Jesus knows what is coming. He knows he’s going to be arrested, tried, and killed. How important is this prayer for unity in light of this foreknowledge? Seriously! Jesus, knowing full well death is imminent, prays first that these disciples find unity; the same unity that he shares with the Father. Read More »

The Symbols for God and Our Creative Imaginations

We use a lot of symbols to articulate our understanding of God. I think a lot of unnecessary arguments between believers occur as a result of a misunderstanding of symbols and symbolic language. Symbols are relative constructs inherently linked to the communities that create them. Said differently, our symbols for God are not immutable or exhaustive constructs. God is immutable and exhaustive, which is the reason for our need for evocative symbols in the first place. How does one articulate with words the reality of an immutable and exhaustive God without a transient, culture-bound, symbol? Read More »