The Listening Hermit
is listening to make sense of it all
Radical Christ 24 – Wrecking his Father’s House (John 2:13-25)
They say, there’s no place like home. If only we knew what our home, Port Elizabeth was called! Once the Mayor and the Ministers have agreed, maybe the Mlungu’s will learn to pronounce Gqeberha? It’s clearly karma for making second language English speakers struggle for decades with Fort Beaufort!Yet, despite the name, there’s no place…
Radical Christ 23 – The Transfiguration Pivot Point
The Transfiguration of Jesus is the turning point of Jesus’ ministry.From preaching, teaching and healing in Galilee, after the Transfiguration he heads south to Jerusalem to confront the oppressive and exploitative religious establishment there.The transfiguring light of Mt Tabor will progressively dim to the darkness of a cold tomb where Jesus’ dead body will be…
Radical Christ 22- Integration Practice for Raising Lazarus – What are Miracles?
There is so much information around us, and we who live in the information age can easily mistake information for transformation.For this reason, the Radical Christ series, from time to time, inserts Integration Practice sessions to allow the information about Jesus, the Map for each of our lives, to become an integrated transformation of our…
Radical Christ 21 – What are Miracles?
Miracles have been largely trivialised by Literalism and Fundamentalism.Remembering that Scripture is best understood on the mythical level which enables it to be accessed in any age and context, we begin to grasp the life and actions of Jesus as a Map for our own lives.The Raising of Lazarus illustrates some powerful truths which may…
Radical Christ 20- Lost and Found – 3 Ways
Jesus often spoke about seeking and saving the Lost,In this video Peter unpacks three parables of lost things from Luke chapter 15. The Lost Sheep, Coin and Son.Linking these to phrases from the Prayer of Confession from the Communion liturgy opens an interesting choice of how to seek for the lost and is dependent on…
Radical Christ Integration Practice 3 – Finding Balance to Walk onto the Storm.
The breath is a useful and ever present symbol of balance and rhythm in life.In this episode Peter introduces the Integration Practice of being mindful of the breath to assess what is needed next for balance.After all to walk headlong onto a stormy sea requires a fine balance.
Radical Christ 18 – “Strolling through Storms”
Jesus walking on water, and then inviting Peter to join him on the stormy surface of Lake Gallilee makes our Western minds reel with incredulity. This story cannot be taken literally. Humans cannot walk on liquid water.So as with all deep truths, we need to investigate the narrative as myth. Myths are those true stories…
Radical Christ 17 – Compassion Takes Guts
Ram Dass spoke eloquently of developing a spiritual practice that enables you to keep your heart open in hell. Mahayana Buddhists have the notion of Bodhisattvas, enlightened being who after countless rebirths are ready to enter into the bliss of Nirvana, but who vow not to cross over until they have assisted all sentient beings,…
Radical Christ – Integration Practice 2 – Using the Cross for personal understanding of our psyche
From the times of Emperor Constantine and the Battle of the Milvian bridge 27 October 312 CE, the cross has come to be associated with expansionism, triumphalistic Crusades, patriarchy, and at some level this cross denotes everything that is wrong with the world right now. It would be sad if we missed the fact that…
Radical Christ 15 – Follow me – with YOUR Cross
The Cross as a symbol has become unanimous with the Christian Church. In this video Peter explores the cross not as a Christian Brand mark or even as a Colonial Crusading Emblem, but rather as a integrative symbol of psychological healing. The cross is not intended to be expanded as a symbol of global dominance,…
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