Blog

The Hidden Cultures within Communities: Tier 2 – the Being Codes – Bruce Sanguin

In our exploration of Spiral Dynamics so far, we’ve looked at cultural stages of development and the games they play. But this isn’t the end of the story. Clare Graves‘ research turned up another scale of values that surprised him. In fact, it was so different that he called it Tier 2. In his research, he came … Continue reading The Hidden Cultures within Communities: Tier 2 – the Being Codes – Bruce Sanguin

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ali.

Deport ‘em. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and kosher store murders by Islamists in France, this remark didn’t surprise. But deport whom – all tens of millions Arabic and other Muslims living in western nations, no matter how law abiding, born in-country or long ago naturalized? What about non-Muslim/non-Arab spouses and mixed-race children? … Continue reading Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ali.

Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Stunning Simplicity of Prophetic Language

To make sense of biblical prophecy, we must clarify our terms. There are four terms that are used throughout this series this year, and we can understand them in two pairs of contrasts. The first pair is figurative vs. literal. This has to do with the kind of language used. The language used to describe … Continue reading Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Stunning Simplicity of Prophetic Language

The Hidden Cultures within Communities: The Disqualification Game of Tier 1- Bruce Sanguin

Clare Graves saw the levels we talked about last post (Beige to Green) as belonging to a Tier One set of values. They are each, in their own way, focused on their own survival and their own value system as the only legitimate one. The writer of Colossians encourages his followers not to let themselves … Continue reading The Hidden Cultures within Communities: The Disqualification Game of Tier 1- Bruce Sanguin

Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Startling Possibility of Fulfillment

There’s an old Jewish saying: if you have two rabbis in a room, you’re likely to have three opinions. The same, of course, can be said of theologians and Bible scholars. There seems to be no agreement on the interpretation of Scripture, and no end of divisions among followers of Jesus as a result. Clearly something … Continue reading Understanding Bible Prophecy: The Startling Possibility of Fulfillment

The Hidden Cultures within Communities: An Introduction to Spiral Dynamics – Bruce Sanguin

For now I know only in part; then I will know fully… 1 Corinthians 13:12 What I am proposing is that the psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding, emergent, oscillating, spiraling process, marked by progressive subordination of old, lower-order behavior systems to new, higher-order systems as man’s existential problems change. Dr. Clare … Continue reading The Hidden Cultures within Communities: An Introduction to Spiral Dynamics – Bruce Sanguin

Occupy Spirituality: the Democratizing of Divinity – and Why We Support It

In Occupy Spirituality, veteran Creation Spirituality theologian Matthew Fox and interspiritual activist Adam Bucko weigh in on an increasingly prevalent conversation around spirituality and religion – their similarities and differences. The divergence between these two identities – “spiritual” and “religious” – is becoming more obvious to many, and Fox and Bucko push this conversation toward their understanding of … Continue reading Occupy Spirituality: the Democratizing of Divinity – and Why We Support It

Understanding Bible Prophecy: What in the World?

Of all biblical subjects, end-time prophecy is one of the most popular, and often the most confusing. Why does confusion reign? For many reasons, not the least of which are bad Nicholas Cage film adaptations of equally troubling novels. But drilling down beyond the obvious (and needed) surface critiques of doom-and-gloom prophetic interpretations to the … Continue reading Understanding Bible Prophecy: What in the World?