Last evening I attended a concert with the purpose of learning more about music, art, and life. And I was supremely rewarded.
The Last Jedi takes the viewer from emotions of conflict to the thought of the triumph of higher wisdom and spirituality. Philosophy is conceptual, an art of thinking, harmonizing higher and lower values. But the art of living is practice, action, doing. In the art of living beauty pervades the process, and divine love motivates the course of action.
The tip of the iceberg: wholeheartedness in its fullness is an experience of the soul, which implicitly includes the heart, mind, and strength. But what is the heart? And what is the soul, and how do we identify the soul in human experience? What is going on when we are half-hearted? And what can our own will-power contribute?
Jesus’ last discourse in the temple (Matthew 23), begins on a merciful note and includes a proclamation of the universal truth of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. In the second part . . .
Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, my 95 questions are designed to turn hearts and minds to a better understanding of a variety of practices of sharing core spiritual truth.
What does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and the neighbor as ourself? Come and see.
Jesus reply to the dilemma of whether or not to pay taxes to Caesar is examined through history, psychology, neuroscience, and truth . . . beginning with Psalm 96: “Worship the Lord in holy splendor. . . . He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice . . . The Lord will judge the world with righteousness; and the peoples with his truth.”
A simple experiment you may want to try with if you believe that God loves you, but you are not now able to feel it. First, raise your belief to the level of wholeheartedness.
A year ago I published Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. That book culminated my first career as a philosopher. I devoted that career to helping to construct a new philosophy of living based on truth, beauty, and goodness. And then I was called to a new career based on love, mercy, and ministry. The first career emphasized meaning and value. The second one emphases connecting with deity.
You decide to get a better handle on your life. You need to simplify, slow down, and get in touch with your intuition of basic reality—matter, mind, and spirit. You have moved in this direction in the past, but today is beckoning you to make a commitment.
Like a chauffeur who drives a dignitary around here and there, so that the dignitary may function and manifest, our first duty and privilege is to facilitate the entry of the beautiful, indwelling spirit into action.