Mysticism

World-Oriented Mysticism

Question: 
How can mystical experiences direct us to the world and its needs?
Publication Month: 
June 2013
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

The question is well formulated. Mystical experiences do not always have this effect. Some seek in mysticism an escape from the complexities, difficulties, and pressures of life in the world. And there are experiences that do constitute such an escape. In sweeping generalizations we could say that whereas the prophetic tradition directs its adherents to the problems of the external world, mystical traditions either offer inner serenity within the world or participation in something quite other than the world. The question I am asked here is one I often ask of others.

Transfiguration Sunday

February 10, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 34:29-35
Reading 2: 
Psalm 99
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2
Reading 4: 
Luke 9:28-43
By Bruce G. Epperly

Transfiguration Sunday joins mysticism and mission, both of which are necessary for a holistic, life-giving faith. In some quarters, mysticism has a bad name: old school evangelicals worry that any experience of God unmediated by scripture or orthodoxy takes us away from Jesus; old school liberals see mysticism and contemplation as temptations to be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

Proper 4

June 3, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 6:1-8
Reading 2: 
Psalm 29
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:12-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By Jeanyne B Slettom

Isaiah 6:1-8

Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Reading 2: 
Psalm 126
Reading 3: 
I Thessalonians 5:16-24
Reading 4: 
John 1:6-8, 19-28
By Bruce G. Epperly

Today’s scriptures join mysticism and mission, and celebration and challenge. Holistic spirituality transforms our souls, but it also expands our level of concern such that the well-being of others and ourselves is one dynamic reality. The prophetic soul is lively, inclusive, and relational. It embraces otherness as part of our deepest reality. The prophetic soul sees the futures of others as connected with our own futures. Our present commitments to justice and shalom bring health to the futures of others as well as ourselves.

Spirit–centered Progressives?

Author - First Name: 
Bruce G.
Author - Last Name: 
Epperly

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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