For months now I have been guided in creating the talks I offer in Ordinary Life by Robert Funk's book, "The Gospel of Jesus." These talks have focused on what Jesus taught and the relevancy these teachings have for our lives. I have wanted to contribute to religious and spiritual literacy. Now, I am going to turn to some of the traditions that developed about Jesus. Clearly, in the first few centuries of the movement the grew from Jesus, people were so transformed that they would rather die for their new faith that give allegiance to Rome. What was that about and how can it have life-giving meaning for us in our culture and in this world.
Everyone is welcome at Ordinary Life. I hope you'll join the journey.
Dr. Bill Kerley
I like to think of myself as someone who knows the principles and practices that people can use to enhance and enlarge every aspect of their lives.
What is "Ordinary Life" all about?
Every dissatisfaction we have with our lives is a result of a conflict between what is actually true and what we believe to be true. When we learn to give up beliefs about how life "ought to be", we are given brand new possibilities for living life as it is - right then and there!
This "letting go" process is not easy because we have spent a lifetime coming to believe that the life we want/deserve is "out there" somewhere. Or, we have come to believe that because of certain events and experiences in our past, our lives are destined to "be" a certain way.
Among other things, the Ordinary Life class will focus on:
• What it means to be alive and aware.
• More on the gospel of Jesus than the Jesus of the gospels.
• More on being the way than the way to be.
• And on the principles and practices we can put in place in our lives to experience these things and not just know about them.
This is not a class for the faint of heart but for those who are willing to be involved in the journey to wholeness by living life as it is, for those who are willing to have the courage to be themselves. If you are interested in these benefits, this could be the class for you.
We meet at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Fondren Hall, second floor of the Jones Building.
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