AJ Levine is a renowned New Testament and Jewish Studies Scholar. She brings wisdom, humor, and compassion to CircuOsity.21 as we embark upon the Podcast's Beatitudes Series. Pay particular attention to Professor Levine's insights into Judaism's impact upon Jesus and his followers. Help us to discover what "blessing" truly means.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Manoj Zacharia is the Rector of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD. He visits CircuOsity .21 to guide through a powerful conversation regarding Matthew 5: 3. Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount by noting that those persons and are downtrodden are blessed by God. Rev. Dr. Zacharia guides us through an exploration of how he has witnessed this phenomenon in his own life - a life lived in a myriad of cultural settings and with profound ancestral foundation. Enjoy as we embark on this verse by verse series.
If someone loves (trusts and respects you) they will share their story with you. The Rev. Allison Carnahan serves Saint Paul's in Bloomsburg, PA - Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville, and the Mission of The Resurrection in Mt. Carmel, PA. Allison must love us because she shares her wonderful story with us during this episode.
Grab your Kleenex Tissues and prepare to laugh, cry, and be inspired as Allison speaks to her personal experiences of mourning and celebration throughout her life. She is a living and miraculous testimony to the wisdom and trust that Jesus teaches in Matthew 5: 4 Pay particular attention and appreciate these sections at about 27" and 42'. Share your stories of suffering and resurrection on our "Share the Good News page." Enjoy as we embark on this verse by verse series.
The value of meekness is under siege these days as well as misunderstood. Many people, especially people with authority view meekness as undesirable and weak. They and we would be wise to explore the term of meekness as Matthew’s Jesus uses it in Matthew 5:5 as well as elsewhere in the Gospel.
Ancient Greeks understood meekness, (Praus) as an intentional effort to possess “strength under control.” A meek person was a self-disciplined person who was graceful and artful under pressure, not passive and frail. People of the economic and social underclasses might have learned meekness because of the domination they experienced from intruders and those persons who existed in higher castes than they did. However, beginning with Alexander The Great and Plato, meekness for Ancient Greeks was a self-disciplined praxis for rulers and philosophers alike. We find evidence of tasks to develop meekness in ancient royalty training manuals.
Today, on CircuOsirty .21, Jim and Howie sit down with Canon Dr. Deirdre Good to discuss meekness within the context of the 1st Century and the 21st Century Beatitudes. Deirdre uses her own text, Jesus The Meek King, along with many other references to tease out the essence of what it means to be meek in the Reign of God as well as how we who desire to follow Jesus may develop the resilience to seek meekness rather than power. The three participants engage in sharing numerous stories of courageous meekness and hospitality they have experienced as well as how Jesus would have us to be meek when it Is necessary.
Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Righteousness is a constitutive virtue in Judaism from its ancestral roots. Sarai and Abram initiate the Hebraic journey with Yahweh. At every turn - to the point of insanely deciding God was calling him to murder Isaac - Abraham "does his best" to trust God. It is unsurprising that Jesus mentions righteousness throughout the Beatitudes as well as more so in the Sermon on The Mount. In this episode - Howie and Jim discuss the many ingredients and characteristics of righteousness with Fr. Mark Harris. Mark is a poet, podcaster, printmaker and priest. You'll hear how he lives out a righteous life thru all of those activities as well as how all of us can be filled with righteousness too.
Today, on CircuOsirty .21, Jim, Howie, and Mark explore righteousness and humanity's pursuit it from many angles and experiences. Mark speaks to the need for contentment in working for justice and God's mercy. He calls upon the witnesses such as Desmond Tutu and William Stringfellow. He also shares personal stories of relationship building leading to righteousness at personal, public, and profoundly spiritual levels.
Blessed are the merciful, not the nice or the pitiful. Jesus offers this beloving beatitude in the Spirit of compassionate care. Mercy (hesed) is a shower of blessings between the giver and receiver. Bishop Caryle Hughes wisely points out that such mercy in our time requires baptized and confirmed Christians who are practicing Adult Christianity. Going to church is one important thing. Living into the Church's mission is a much more just adventure. You'll delight in Bishop's humor, sincerity, and grace as she converses with Howie and Jim in this episode.
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