Tag Archive for: Reality

This is the sixth in the series, “Who Will Name Reality?” This week Tim explores opening our eyes to live at a deeper level.

Preference or Purpose?

We live in a changing world. Uniformity and consensus are being replaced by individuality and diversity as the connective tissue in our communities and personal relationships. We have begun to place more importance on preferences and less importance on the mission and purpose of our congregations.

We live in a time when we have divided ourselves into positions around a number of issues. Each issue is good within itself, but the issue is not the purpose. We have begun to see those persons who disagree with us as enemies. Although it seems extreme, in many cases we have moved to destroy those who stand in the way of what we believe and desire.

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This is the fifth in the series, “Who Will Name Reality?” This week Tim offers a reality check.

Is Perception Reality?

While I read the Gospel lection for last week, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, I was thinking about the phrase, “perception is reality.”  I think that most people think their perception is correct, on most, if not on all issues.

The reality is our perceptions are way off…our perceptions are often not reality.

The scriptures help us see reality, especially in regard to relationships and spirituality. In this parable, maybe all the parables in Matthew’s gospel, names reality within his context.

Taking that truth, we can name reality as well.

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