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Episode 27 “John the Baptist in Advent”

We’re on the Advent trail with John the Baptist this week. John is a jarring figure. He upsets the complacency of his day. He is a good antidote for the widespread complacency of our day with the church seemingly impotent in the face of the existential problems facing us. Someone or something needs to shake …

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Episode 26 “Advent and Process Theology”

It is well-recognized that Advent and Christmas have both been eclipsed by consumerism in the developed nations…the spiritual traditions have been eclipsed by buying, gifting, and partying. While these are not bad in and of themselves and may even awaken us to a deeper spirit and sense of connection, there is more to Advent and …

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Episode 24 “The Politics of Creativity and World Loyalty”

Politics is all about the interplay of power among people. Power is inevitable – Wherever there are relationships, there are political decisions…relationships can be coercive and unilateral, they can also be collaborative and mutual.  Power dynamics can cure or kill, stunt or empower.  Process theology charts a politics of ubuntu, “I am because of you” …

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Episode 23 — “The Politics of Relationship”

Top-down hierarchies, whether they are governmental or social, are based on power. One can say the abuse of power. What would the world look like if power relationships were relational and non-coercive? The more I’ve studied process theology, the more I’m convinced that Western-style individualism, that is, that the individual is the highest form of …

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Episode 22 — “The Politics of God: How our images of God shape our politics”

When we say God and country, we are not far off the track. Every vision of God, every theological perspective, has political implications – how we view God can shape our understanding of power, history, economics, decision making, and diversity. God is the ultimate model of creative power, the power of the universe, the ultimate …

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Episode 21 — Rerun: “The Future of Process Theology”

Dr. Epperly is unavailable to record a podcast this week, so we are rerunning our most popular episode, “The future of Process Theology.” Next week we begin a new series on Process and Politics. Although Process thought has been around for centuries (it might even claim as far back as Heraclitus), it isn’t until the …

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Episode 20 — What the Hell?

Just as we discovered in our episode on Heaven, the biblical notion of hell is shrouded in metaphors and allegories. It’s not even clear if those seemingly destined to it will be there for eternity, or if ultimately hell will be a place for redemption. The emphasis throughout is on God’s love as the inexhaustible …

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