Mysticism

The Wrath of God and Wishful Thinking (or, Julian of Norwich and Biblical Images of God)

Recently a reader of this blog wrote the following to me: I am just starting out on this journey and feel drawn to the mystical/contemplative side of Christianity.   To this end, I am using your book “Answering the Contemplative Call” and also “Growing into God” by John Mabry as my guides.   I do not have …

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The Erotic Dimension of Mystical Spirituality (or, Why Do Mystics Love the Song of Songs?)

Almost from the beginning of the Christian era, mystics and saints and theologians and spiritual teachers have reflected on one of the most beautiful and poetic of the “wisdom writings” in the Bible to explore the mystery of the love of God and how that love seeks intimacy with us, God’s human creatures. I am …

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Divine Union is Embodied: Notes on the Incarnational Nature of Christian Mysticism

I’ve been working my way through Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition, a book in Routledge’s “Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism” series. There’s a delightful essay in it called “Unlikely Mystics” about the sense of wonder and numinous reality that people encounter when visiting medieval cathedrals. Based on her research at Durham Cathedral …

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The Christian of the Future — a New “Mystical Minute” Video for Contemplative Seekers

Friends, here is a new video I’d like to share with you. God willing, this will be the first of a series of videos I will be creating in the months to come. This video, like all my online content, is funded through Patreon. When I set up my Patreon account, I set several goals: …

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In Case You Missed It — Here’s a Recording of the Launch of “The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings”

Over 100 people came out to join me in an exploration of my new initiative, an online course, which I hope will be the first of a series I’m calling The Contemplative Study of Mystical Writings. Here’s a recording of that meeting, see below. And if you want to learn more about the course, click …

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Explore the Mystical Life — with a Christian Mysticism “Unknowledge Base”!

Friends, I’m excited to announce a major new initiative on this website. Coming on February 1, 2021, I’m launching a Christian Mysticism (Un)Knowledge Base. (Update: it’s been launched! Visit the Unknowledge Base by clicking here) What’s that? You might be wondering. Think of it as a help desk for exploring the world of Christian mystical …

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A Mystical Catechism

One of my dreams is to create a Christian Mysticism Knowledge Base (or, perhaps better described as a Christian Mysticism Un-knowledge Base!). I wrote the following questions a while back thinking that they would go into the FAQ page of a Mysticism Knowledge Base. And maybe they will. But for now, I’m publishing them here. What …

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Contemplative Wisdom from Evelyn Underhill, Martin Laird and Julian of Norwich

Contemplative Outreach Atlanta has just finished their first online 5-Day Retreat. Historically this retreat took place each year at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit; I’ve been a participant on the retreat, and it’s been a wonderful experience. This year, with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat was moved to a Zoom …

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