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God’s Will –
Olive, a member of the group questioning the spirit of Stephen the Martyr [see February issue of The Ground of Faith] was unhappy about a forthcoming move to another town, owing to her husband's work promotion.
“Is it the Father's will that we should move?”
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The Voice of Christ and the 33 000 sects of Christianity
Theologians and philosophers sometimes produce long and complex arguments when they attempt to prove something to be true.
The 33,000 sects of Christianity show the fruits of all this. Stephen will have none of such arguments.
In the previous
blog Stephen says, . [The truth is that] we are here alive, able to
move, communicate and reproduce. This is truth.
The sun shines daily over all the earth. This is truth. The rain brings
us the essential water for the growth of plants. This is truth and
cannot be denied. Truth is a fond embrace, love,
compassion, the wanting of good for all people, the healing of the sick
in mind and body… one could go on and on. Read on....
Nate Cull comments on this blog
What is the role of thePhysical, as opposed to the Spitiual?
conversations in the 1970's with the spirit of Stephen the Martyr, he
answered that question with the words that follow: In answer to the
question above about the role of the physical,
Stephen: It was created in the image of the Father as an…
Science, Facts, Akashic Records.
In our conversations with the spirit of Stephen the
Martyr, Olive asked: Can you explain in a way that a scientifically minded person can understand how the spirit survives death?
The facts are there, if one would wish to see.
The fact that [a person]…Read
Stephen the Martyr asks,
What is truth?
Stephen. [The truth is that] we are here alive, able to move,
communicate and reproduce. This is truth. The sun shines daily over all
the earth. This is truth. The rain brings us the essential water for the
growth of plants. This is truth and cannot be denied. Truth is a fond
embrace, love, compassion, the wanting of good for all people, the
healing of the sick in mind and body; one could go on and on.
Universal Dignity in a Debauched Empire :T
Monday, May 15, 2017
offers a theological and ontological foundation for human dignity and
human flourishing that is inherent, universal, and indestructible by any
of race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, education, or
social position. He brings a deep new sense of the dignity of every
human person, which of course is a social and political
revolution and reveals the power of healthy religion. This is unheard of
in history up to then and unrealized even now!
In June, the editor attended the Academy's conference at Chapel Hill, N Carolina.
Read more of this meditation by Richard Rohr
Highlights included an address by Dr Will Keepin on his book:
BELONGING TO GOD:
Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love. by William
breathtaking exploration of divine love
across religions, illuminated equally by modern science and ancient
"There is a profound need today for people to understand how the religious
relate to one another, what they have in common, and how their
remarkable differences are dwarfed by their even more remarkable common
ground.... The transformative path of divine love is the greatness of
each of these traditions, and it is their entire purpose in the first
place: to transform the human being into a living instrument of divine
love and will."
decades of Eastern and Western contemplative practice with scientific
research, William Keepin, PhD, offers a way forward for anyone who
yearns for an inclusive spirituality that can encompass both deep
intellectual inquiry and devotional abandon of the heart.
In-depth yet accessible, grounded yet uplifting, this journey
across faith traditions illuminates commonalities in the scriptures,
writings of key mystics and core practices of Christianity, Islam and
Hinduism, and draws on the wisdom of other traditions as well. It will
inspire seekers of all faiths interested in the path of love that
bridges world religions, as well as believers who are eager to learn how
their particular faith intersects with other religions at the deepest
The Editor recommends this excellent video
Three other speakers were Alan Hughenot and Dr Gary Shwatz and his wife Shirley Schwartz
"We shall shortly be texting our deceased grandparents"\
What is it that the Buddhists and the Physicists have both discovered?
They did not do this as a joint effort. The physicists studied quantum
electro-dynamics, trying to comprehend quantum
strangeness. The Buddhists went inside to their personal psyche, yet
they both found the same thing. And that is The Universe is conscious
and can not be separated from our subjective awareness. Instead of an
objective reality existing out there,we each perceive the universe
within a perceptual subjective framework, which apparently we also
participate in creating. Literally, what you choose to see is what
manifests for you … I usually say this as “What you, see is what you
get.” But, how does focused intent of our subjective perception modify
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Author-Publisher Tells of Unexplained Transformation
In his recently released book,
A Dog’s View of Love, Life, and Death,
Jon Beecher, (below) who uses the pen name J. R. Archer,…
In his recently
released book, A Dog’s View of Love, Life, and
Jon Beecher, (below) who uses the pen name J. R. Archer, has Rosie, an
orphaned mongrel, telepathically explain to Seamus McGarry, a
dying quadriplegic, that he has nothing to worry about, that death is
just consciousness separating from the body. When Seamus
telepathically asks Rosie how she, being just a dog, can know so much,
Rosie tells him that she comes from a higher vibration and that her
purpose is to provide service.
struggles with just existing and dying, millionaire William Roper’s
struggle is in becoming “one with his toys.” That is, until a homeless
man and a mongrel named Rags comes into his life.
Dolores Fannon, a recovering alcoholic, copes with everyday trials and tribulations, while Milo McGarry, having been sober for more
than 20 years, is struggling to keep the dog shelter he works at from
closure. The shelter, being the venue that brings dogs together, also
provides the opportunity for the dogs to help unwitting humans in need.
common to the various characters in Beecher’s book is an existential
vacuum, a feeling of emptiness, meaninglessness, and hopelessness that
pervades so many immersed in the mundane and slaves to materialism.\
Shroud of Turin: Beyond Science?
watching the History Channel’s Easter special on the Shroud of Turin (The Face of Jesus Uncovered?), I was in awe
of the capabilities of science and computer technology; however, I was also reminded of their limitations. The scientists
studying the shroud (below) concluded that… Read
before my 87-year-old mother died, she couldn’t stop talking.
Outside of a few unintelligible mumbles, she had said nothing before that during her
five-day visit. While seemingly asleep, she jabbered away through her last night in this
realm. Because of her slurred speech resulting…Read
the Vanishing Phenomena?
why don’t we hear about that type of mediumship
today?” That question has been put to me many times over the years by
people who have read my
books, journal essays, magazine articles, or this blog. The reference
is to various types of mediumship that seem to have been more prevalent…Read
Prize Winner Witnessed
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IS THE UNIVERSE
For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between
humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that
one set of laws applies equally to falling apples and orbiting
moons to Carl Sagan intoning that “we are made of star
stuff” — that the atoms of our bodies were literally
forged in the nuclear furnaces of other stars.
Even in that context, Gregory
Matloff’s ideas are shocking. The veteran physicist at New
York City College of Technology recently published
a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the
universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness
field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars
may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put
more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware.
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June 6, 2017 Christian Today NZ and Australia published this article about Michael Cocks and The Ground of Faith.
China's Quantum Sateliite in one big leap
Called Micius, the satellite is the first of its kind and was launched
from the Gobi desert last August. It is all part of a push towards a new
kind of internet that would
be far more secure than the one we use now.
The experimental Micius, with its delicate optical equipment,
continues to circle the Earth, transmitting to two mountain-top
Earth bases separated by 1,200km.
The optics onboard are paramount. They're needed to distribute to
the ground stations the particles, or photons, of light that can
encode the "keys" to secret messages.
"I think we have started a worldwide quantum space race," says lead
researcher Jian-Wei Pan, who is based in Hefei in China's Anhui
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the Celtic war trumpet
if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for
1 Cor, 14,8
occasion, in the kind of Greek spoken by Celts in Thrace and
in Galatia, the Martyr Stephen called himself a Celtic War Trumpet,
i.e. a Celt. He said he was born across the river from
Ancyra (modern Ankara) in a small
village called Seletar. He said that the name meant
the Fourth Landing Place. (That is a possible translation.)
His words make good sense, if we accept his statement, that they
were spoken to Joseph the parent of Jesus who was
a leader of a camp of the Nazarene sect of Essenes in Galilee.
It looks as if Stephen had completed two years as a
novice, and was about to be admitted as a full
participation in the Messianic Communion
The former Bishop of
Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coleswrites"
"Michael is a retired priest in this
diocese and has for many years explored alternative religious
experiences. The book is certainly not mainstream but for those who
wish to explore "other- dimensional" spiritual experience through
the eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of Saints,
it will be of considerable interest."
The Rt Rev. Edward Holland
Formerly Asst Bishop of
Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester
"– I have been very affected by it. What comes to
mind immediately is: 1. the sense of life after death
being very close, very normal and not very
intimidating; 2. Stephen’s experience of being at
first after his death very tied up with his identity as Stephen but
later leaving that behind and only picking it up again in order to
communicate with Thomas and the others; 3. the way in
which individuality becomes much less important but that
nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something to be avoided
but something which contributes to this experience of being part of
the whole." . . . . .
"It has to be said that most people do not really believe in God at
a rational level, though probably most do at an emotional
level. This is why almost everyone fumbles over the
resurrection of Jesus. For most it's an impossible What
Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event,
which if only they believed should surprise no one. As
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in
this country who died a year or so ago said - I paraphrase
him: 'How strange to believe that life can die and not
believe that life can live!' "
Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman
Rose: “A wondrous book! St
Stephen is a fine spiritual director. I am grateful for the gaining
of new insights into some centrally important Christian beliefs. My
own gift of faith in eternal life has been given wonderful support
in this volume.”
[She was Catholic,
formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College, Towson Md.,
and taught in a seminary for priests. She was former
editor of The Journal
of the Academy of Religion and Psychic Research.]