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  • Naked spirituality intro

    1. 1. slides are/will beavailable atwww.brianmclaren.net
    2. 2. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:
    3. 3. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)
    4. 4. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)
    5. 5. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)3. For a fresh view of Christian identity(upcoming)
    6. 6. In my travels, I’m finding four greathungers:1. For a fresh understanding of thebiblical narrative - a new theologicalframework. (A New Kind of Christianity)2. For a fresh framework for mission.(Everything Must Change)3. For a fresh view of Christian identity(upcoming)4. A fresh approach to the spiritual life.(Naked Spirituality)
    7. 7. The word naked inthe title suggeststhat we’re seekingto strip away thedistractingexternals of“organizedreligion” - and focus instead on the development of our inner life, our most intimate life, our life with God.
    8. 8. Like all living things, spirituality is dynamic.As individuals and as faith communities, over time we mature. We develop. We evolve. We change.
    9. 9. Many of us have experienced patterns of change or seasons of development in our spiritual life ... distinct stages thatleave their mark on us, like rings on a tree.
    10. 10. New stages donot replaceolder stages,but ratherembrace andextend them.
    11. 11. Every stage is good and As I see it, beautiful in its owneach stage in way. a life withGod dependson the earlier stages.
    12. 12. Each new stage opens up new soul- space and expands our capacities for love - so we can love God and neighbor more fully. Isn’t that what true spirituality is about?
    13. 13. After we complete the four stages once, we go through them again and again, each time at a higher or deeper level.
    14. 14. Of course, a four-stageframework like this is only atool. Life itself doesn’t come neatly divided into stages. But for many of us, just as a year has four seasons, the spiritual life unfolds season by season.
    15. 15. In each stage, we’ll consider threespiritual practices appropriate to that stage. And we’ll root each practice in one simple word. 3 2 4 1
    16. 16. 3 These practices are like 2postures of the heart - ways we open ourselves to God, ways we mature in the spiritual life, season byseason, stage by stage, step4 by step. 1
    17. 17. We all begin in Stage 1,
    18. 18. We all begin in Stage 1, Simplicity.
    19. 19. The first word inStage One is ... here.
    20. 20. Through here we become presentto the Presence of God - here and now.
    21. 21. 2 views of God:outside, above, up there ... around, within, down here...
    22. 22. The Spirit of God Gen. 1:2 Acts 17:28 John 16:8
    23. 23. here
    24. 24. Second is thanks, the essentialpractice of gratitude.
    25. 25. The distribution of discontent "Consumer society, by constantlymaking us aware of what we dont have,instead of making us thankful for whatwe do have, has turned out to be themost efficient system yet devised for themanufacturing and distribution ofunhappiness."  
    26. 26. Happiness doesn’tcome from having, but from appreciating ...The BYTS
    27. 27. Psalm 92Translating the joy ofgratitude into words, music, art ...
    28. 28. thanks
    29. 29. Third is O!- the joyful practice of wonder and worship.
    30. 30. God as apprensible -Not comprehensible.
    31. 31. God as glorious mystery ... Savoring God’s splendor.
    32. 32. O!
    33. 33. These are foundationalpractices of Stage One, Simplicity.
    34. 34. Many of us continue on to Stage 2,
    35. 35. Many of us continue on to Stage 2, Complexity.
    36. 36. In Complexity, the word sorryintroduces us to the practice of regret.
    37. 37. Personal sin (Psalm 32) & Social sin(Nehemiah 9)
    38. 38. Seeking forgiveness andseeking salvation/ liberation
    39. 39. sorry
    40. 40. The simple word help!is about expansion, reaching out forstrength beyond our own.
    41. 41. Asking for theremoval of stress - or the increase of strength and character?
    42. 42. Philippians 4:6Translating anxiety into requests ... Naming our need,Directing it to God.
    43. 43. help!
    44. 44. here, thanks, osorry, help ...
    45. 45. Next comes please,the practice of compassion.
    46. 46. Responding to the pain, grief, and suffering of others ...
    47. 47. Not ignoring, distancing,blaming,explaining ... but feeling with - with those in pain and with God.
    48. 48. Joining our compassion with God’s greater compassion.“Holding them up to the Light.”
    49. 49. please
    50. 50. These are three essential practices of Stage 2 ...
    51. 51. These are three essential practices of Stage 2 ... Complexity.
    52. 52. here. thanks. o.sorry. help. please.
    53. 53. Some of us never leaveStage 2. Others move on to Stage 3,
    54. 54. Some of us never leaveStage 2. Others move on to Stage 3, Perplexity.
    55. 55. Here, we learn aspiration throughthe simple question, when?
    56. 56. Psalm 42The unfulfilled now
    57. 57. when?
    58. 58. What happens whenwe wait and wait and waitand no help comes?
    59. 59. One of the most challenging practices is rage orrefusal, conveyed in the simple word no!
    60. 60. Lamentations 3:1-18 no!
    61. 61. no!
    62. 62. Your no is a refusal to give up ... and a refusal to be satisfied with an unacceptable situation.
    63. 63. Stage 3 culminates in why? - the practice of lament.
    64. 64. Beyond refusal. why?Not a demand for anexplanation ... And acknowledgment of unknowing.
    65. 65. Acceptance with hope... Why?Why does it have to be this way?
    66. 66. Explanations/Reasons/Causes (from the past) vs.Possibilities & Purposes (for the future)
    67. 67. Why?
    68. 68. observations? questions?
    69. 69. Text
    70. 70. Thanks for your warmth and hospitality!
    71. 71. here, thanks, o!sorry, thanks, please when? no! why?
    72. 72. sometimes uninvited guests bring unexpected gifts.
    73. 73. simplicitycomplexityperplexityharmony
    74. 74. Beyond Simplicity,Complexity, and Perplexity, we enter Stage 4,
    75. 75. Beyond Simplicity,Complexity, and Perplexity, we enter Stage 4, Harmony.
    76. 76. We enter this stagethrough the practice of meditation: behold.
    77. 77. Non-dual seeing.Seeing what’s there. be-ing hold-ing
    78. 78. behold.
    79. 79. Then comes thesimple word for joining or surrendering: yes.
    80. 80. Not my will, butyour will be done. No ... Yes.
    81. 81. yes.
    82. 82. Finally comes the practiceof contemplation, ofsimply and silently beingwith, for which there is noword - only the gentle sound of your own breathing...
    83. 83. God and I have becomelike two giant fat people living in a tiny boat. We keep bumping into each other and laughing (the Persian poet Hafiz)
    84. 84. here, thanks, o!sorry, thanks, please when? no! why? behold, yes, ...
    85. 85. here, thanks, o!sorry, thanks, please when? no! why? behold, yes, ...

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