SELF/EGO: How a SOUL Gets Made

We all need two things on the journey to being ourselves: Difference and Connection.  How we find these things can make all the difference in the spiritual and emotional health by which we live.  This week on the WordCAST we head back into the Origins material of Genesis; this Chapter 4. With a deep, intellectually-honest and fresh look at Cain and Abel, we not only find these characters in their historical setting like never before, but we also are able to see their archetypal importance for who we become every day.  We all either come into the world like Abel or come into the world like Cain.  The journey we take along the way tells us what we worship, where our home is and whether our soul is being built for wandering or rest.  This rocket fuel for understanding soul-making is at the heart of this week's WordCAST.

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You've Got No SOUL; You Are One

Central to heart of why I started the WordCAST was a vision of having honest an whole-person discussions about what makes us who we are.  As a progeny and a product of the self-help/self-regard project of the late 20th century, I have lived and seen in dramatic ways the danger and attraction of the belief that our highest ideal as humans is to self-acceptance.The ancients called this work of personhood SOUL-MAKING.  And for good reason.  The soul, as the central seat of uniqueness and personality is the ever-forming, ever-evolving face of our unique identities.  How that frame of our identity forms, why we're so darn confused about it, and what to do in the interim, is the heart of this multi-part series on SOUL.

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TOUCH: What Moves the Story Forward

Religious circles are prone to discussing the importance of Jesus' miracles.  Many of them use these massive events as a proof that He was God.  But the stories themselves do nothing of the sort.  They doing something BETTER.  The miracle of Jesus is that He waltzed into real life, and engaged in the experiences of real lives and transformed them forever.  Where far too little work has been done is HOW.  Until now.  This week's WordCAST explores the power in a miracle and what we can all learn in the process.

We have been running from our physical lives for all of these years, what happens when we return to embodied living? Does our soul come alive in the process? I think you'll be enthralled with the answer. I think, as you'll hear in this week's WordCAST, you may just see the very FACE of GOD.

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Intro to Experience: What We're Made For

Meaning. The search for it is embedded in everything we do.  From how we raise our families, to who we choose to love, to the professions we engage in to the churches whose doors we shadow. Whether we are overt about it or it all runs subterraneously, meaning is one of the great searches of our lives.  What are we made for? Episode 1.10 of the WordCAST dramatically reframes the question.  Pulling us from the steep flights of fancy that imagine that we need a sense of higher calling, our fantastical existence, the search for what we're made for calls from the dust of mortality itself, the days and hours in which we live, the cells of our very bodies. 

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GRACE: Living in Love

This week's WordCAST goes straight for the jugular of what we think God is up to, by looking at one of God's most confused and misused messengers: the Apostle Paul.  By taking the risk to imagine that God's infinite perfect love, the essence of the Trinity imparted on humans is the big story of Grace, and by daring to believe that the way that we might have known this is only the beginning, we enter into a drama that is as old as humanity itself. And is equally ripe for a renovation of New Life.  This is one WORD by which we will know or not know all the others.

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ALTARS: What is Wrong with the World?

Every day in the world, we we work, scheme, engage, punish, hide, fear and wrestle for hope. And despite all of our talking, fighting, finger-pointing and pontificating, we have very little to say about what is really wrong with the world and what to do about it. Thankfully, the ancient wisdom still holds.  Join us in a deep exploration of human purpose and human lostness and the love story at the center of it all.

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FAMILY: The Love We Knew & Didn't

You are who you are in the context of the loves you’ve known and are knowing.  We cannot say this with a greater level of seriousness.  This is why the New Testament, in announcing the inauguration of God’s New Creation, draws all our attention on LOVE as the fabric of existence.  Because Love is the plane on which our souls, bodies, hearts and minds connect with the objects of their affections.  It’s how we find each other and are found.  It is the heart of the search for Us.  And our first sense of this network, this blanket of relations which stretches across time and space was our family.

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What's Love Worth?

To love something is to give it worth and to be made worthy by it. Relationships make us and relationships break us. And it is time that we attended to them as something more than just one more thing on our self-improvement campaigns.  Our LOVES are the conduit system that runs through a person. It vents values, feelings, connection, knowledge and perception into and out of the heart, mind and soul. Translating human interaction into meaning and translating meaning into human interaction.  

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CAUSE: The Question of Making a Difference

We live in an Age of Passion.  From the pet causes of celebrities, the peppering of messages on social media, to the real injustices that are stirring hearts and minds... we have never lived in an age where we had more access to more information on how to make the world a better place.  But why doesn't it work? Or work better?

If you've ever wondered how to swim through the sea of all the potential causes to get behind and also how to engage differently to really make a difference, this week's WordCAST is for you. 

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CONFLICT: The World is Wide Enough

In the most revolutionary content yet in The Search for Us, Episode 1.4 dives us head first into some of the most prescient issues of our age. Our ability to deal with each other, our unintended bias toward offense, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, an introduction to the practices from the Jesus Way which send us deep into our heart. This one's a special one.

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IMAGE: What Are We Trying to Prove?

It's time to pay attention, 2017. Not to the headlines, not to the social media feeds but to our own impulses, goals and dreams.  The common logic is that if you believe it you can achieve it. But at what cost? And is "IT" even worth what you'll pay? This year, before things get too out of hand, let's start down the road of price-shopping our dreams and understanding that their are two channels to life, one that leads to proving and one that leads to living.  The Jesus Way is remarkably clear which side of ledger it lands on... now it's up to us to decide.

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Introduction to Agency

What are we made for? What's the purpose of all this? And... what good can we do about it? These questions underneath the surface of our lives have real answers if we are willing to engage the search. THE SEARCH FOR US leaps into motion with a foundational question that drives every decision we make. If we don't know what makes a great life, and collectively what our presence on the world is for, we're going to get lost along the way, caught up in the powerful forces of governments, communities, corporate cultures and broken family histories. But WE DON'T HAVE TO. 

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Frames of Identity

How do you make a life and legacy? - A New Kind of New Year. The opening session of the 2017 WordCast jumps in with both feet. Within this question of what makes a life and legacy is a question of identity.  What makes up a person? What makes YOU, YOU? And is it stagnant, can it be changed? Are we all just "born this way"? No matter who you are or what culture you come from, deep within spurs a longing for progress, a sense that the way things are is not final.  Good news is, that search for the "us" the can engage a new way of being is accessible, and Jesus knew the way.

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