Presence Presents: The Convergence (with Cynthia Bourgeault, Fr. Thomas Keating, Angie Thurston, Brian McLaren, Deepak Chopra & more…)

In a world inevitably going global and multicultural, what becomes of religion and spirituality? What becomes of activism toward real global change? Presence is proud to co-present The Convergence, a 13-episode mini-series available on the Voice America Radio Network. In The Convergence, global Interspiritual pioneer and scientist Dr. Kurt Johnson joins interfaith leaders Ben Bowler … Continue reading Presence Presents: The Convergence (with Cynthia Bourgeault, Fr. Thomas Keating, Angie Thurston, Brian McLaren, Deepak Chopra & more…)

Temples or Tabernacles: Where Will We Dwell? – Doug King

The Biblical narrative gives us a rich resource to explore the inner and outer development of community across more than a millennium, with powerful suggestions of where we can go. The Narrative records centuries of evolutionary development from the Law to the Prophets to Jesus of Nazareth. The Hebrew Temple and Tabernacle are historical examples … Continue reading Temples or Tabernacles: Where Will We Dwell? – Doug King

The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It?

In this section we look at “the second coming” phenomenon itself. Just what did Jesus mean when he spoke of his return? Old Testament prophecy made no distinction between a “first” and “second” coming. The time of the Messiah – whatever details that time may have involved – was to bring about the change of the … Continue reading The “Second Coming” of Jesus – What Is It?

Presence Prayer Part 3: Prayer of Emptiness – by Chris Dierkes

“This is why I pray God to rid me of God.” – Meister Eckhart Welcome back. This series is an attempt to rethink and re-imagine prayer (or at least certain aspects and practices of it). My hope is that it can help to revive and renew the path of prayer in our day for those of us … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 3: Prayer of Emptiness – by Chris Dierkes

Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be

Who or what is the ‘antichrist,’ anyway? And how many were there? John’s reference to antichrists (1 John 2:18 – see last post) is further support for our understanding of “world” as the Old Covenant system. The word “antichrist” carries the idea of rivalry with Christ, as well as opposition to Christ. According to Jesus … Continue reading Antichrists Then: The Last Days that Used to Be

Presence Prayer Part 2: Prayer of Inquiry – by Chris Dierkes

But the children struggled together within Rebekah; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then I am this way?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. – Genesis 25:22 In my previous reflection I argued that God alone is the true pray-er and that this “ground step” (i.e. before the first step) of spirituality … Continue reading Presence Prayer Part 2: Prayer of Inquiry – by Chris Dierkes

John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It?

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18). What did John mean by the expression “it is the last hour”? The “last hour” speaks of the nearness of … Continue reading John’s ‘Last Hour’ – When Was It?

Train Up a Child – Denée King

Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 This one passage from the book of Proverbs, that book of wisdom and poetry, has – in my opinion and experience – instilled more angst and feelings of defeat than any other verse in the entire … Continue reading Train Up a Child – Denée King

Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols

Sun and Moon Darkened Other things to transpire in the last days were the sun going dark and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31). These were symbols signifying the end of the Old Covenant world. Since the sun and moon are the governing bodies of the heavens (Genesis 1), they came to symbolize governments … Continue reading Heavenly Bodies, Covenantal Symbols