Non-Religious Christian Spirituality

nonreligious+christian, together at last

As husband, father, and pastor with several organizations and projects within projects in tow, it’s with some real trepidation that I start this blog. Seeded with the remains of an old blog long abandoned, I’ll try to start again and remain faithful to the posting. Or remembering Yoda: Try not. Do or do not; there is no try… I’ll just do. And some days I’ll do not. Hopefully the do days will be enough.

By way of helping those do days along, I’ll publish some older writings, messages, and excerpts from The Fifth Way along with new thoughts, messages, and curated material–all exploring that intersection between faith and spirituality and the everyday details of life. After all, what good is faith and spiritualilty if they don’t intersect with each detail of our lives? If they don’t have a measurable effect on those details?

Nonreligious Christian spirituality is spirituality that is always tethered to and defined by the effect it has on the quality of our closest relationships–not the religious tenets or creeds of any particular denomination or sect. And though the term Christian is loaded enough now to form vastly different images and emotions in each hearer, any other term would be even more misleading. To be Christian is to follow Jesus: to be Christian nonreligiously is to produce the same effect in our lives that Jesus produced in his. It’s a matter of extension. Religion chases a cause–nonreligion chases the effect.

At the same time, nonreligious Christian spirituality can be practiced very well–maybe best–in religious settings. There’s nothing wrong with religion; it’s just not the main ingredient. It’s an expression of the main ingredient.

And that main ingredient is what we’ll try to sneak up on, thought by thought and post by post…on the do days.

And if the pace of do days is too slow, you can look here for an archive of messages or here for an archive of articles.

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2 responses

  1. Ingrid Paulicivic

    “Ultimately it is your job to work on your dreams.” -Taken from video.

    Each of us are creations and we are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. In Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way she presents the idea that the universe is a vast electrical sea in which we are immersed and from which we are formed. Opening to our creativity changes us from something bobbing in that sea to a more fully functioning, conscious part of the ecosystem.

    There is a “Great Creator ” that is older than us living at the center of each one of us. I’m not going to lie to you… there are times that my “Great Creator” had retreated into the dark recesses of my subconscious mind. But ever time I open up to new possibilities, I opened up to the creator’s creativity within my life. And she changes everything.

    Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. When we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity, children at heart, each of us becoming the best grown-up we can be.

    Dream your little fingers to the bone Dave. Look forward to reading your thoughts.

    July 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

  2. Bony fingers, here I come… May your fingers be as well.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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