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…)
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
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?
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
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 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
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
Our world is being rocked by tragic instances of dehumanizing violence on the one hand, and stunning examples of kindness and courage on the other. How to do we dissolve the former in the love of the latter? This is what Dr. David Sloan Wilson, an acclaimed biologist, explores in his latest book, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, … Continue reading Does Altruism Exist? Doug King & Co. on the Power of Intentional Evolution
The “pouring out of God’s Spirit,” in Joel 2 corresponds to the “earnest” of the Spirit. The word “earnest” (KJV) means a pledge, or a guarantee. “In general usage it came to denote a pledge or earnest of any sort; in the New Testament it is used only of that which is assured by God to … Continue reading Holy Spirit: Down Payment Seeding New Earth
A major and eventful prophecy involved in the “last days” is found in Joel 2: And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on my … Continue reading The Last Days according to Joel: God’s Ubiquitous Outpouring