In this second Q & A episode, I answer two questions from Patreon supporters: one on the strange (seeming) absence of a system of posture and breathing in the Christian tradition and another on how I meditate, which amounts, as I explain, to something of a combination of lessons learned from Madame Gyon, Cynthia Borgeault and Anthony De Mello. In the episode, I recommend Richard Foster's book on Prayer.

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An episode in which I answer questions from my Patreon supports around (1) why humor in the Bible is so difficult to spot, (2) how growing spritiually affects our ability to find belonging, and (3) whether Stoicism might support or hinder us with regard to the mystical. I mention a few books, including Steven Walker's 'Illuminating Humor of the Bible' and Mary Beard's 'Laughter in Ancient Rome.' I've also written about humour and theology here: http://journal.radicalorthodoxy.org/index.php/ROTPP/article/view/125

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In this final episode in our Unorthodoxy series on the book of Exodus, we take a look at (well, contemplate) the famous 'Ten Commandments' — also known as the 'Decalogue'. These ten laws represent an ancient form of wisdom that still has an amazing relevance for us today. 

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In this penultimate episode in our Exodus series, we take a look at the theme of "seeing God's back" in the light of the set-up that leads to the revelation of the law at Sinai. In particular, you'll find some ideas here around why such a thing as the law might be a good thing.

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Offering something a glimpse into my work life, this is a recording of a short talk that I gave recently to promote a way of thinking that I teach to my students at my university. In particular, I talk about how creativity deals with the relationship between the picture (content) and the frame (context) and, especially, with the importance of questioning and reinventing the frame (i.e. reframing). While the subtext is that of the profession of communication design, the principles offered are applicable to almost anything.

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In this episode, I read a slightly modified, translated version of a chapter that appears as 'Verbeelding en Christenskap' in Carstens, Udo, ed. 2013. Om te mag dink. Pretoria: Aros & Juventus, p. 135-144.

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This interruption of the Exodus series involves a quick exploration of one of the more useful tools for creative thinking, namely what I'm calling "insight extraction." In this episode, I run through a way of reading one of Aesop's famous fables ('The Goose that Laid a Golden Egg') to uncover meanings in it that aren't at all obvious on the surface, but which are profound and surprising in their own way. It follows a three phase thought process that anyone interested in finding fresh ways of reading texts and the world will (I hope) find helpful.

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In this, the ninth episode in our Exodus series, we turn to some of the meanings of three scenes of the Exodus story: the crossing of the Red Sea, the arrival of Israel at bitter water, and the miracle of manna and quails. A reflection on these events offers us some intriguing insights into faith, politics, and (a bit of a critique on) ideology—once again with a little help from mimetic theory. I also make an anouncement in this episode about what's going to happen once we're done looking at Exodus.

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In this, the eighth epsode in the Exodus series, we take a look at the final plague (the death of the first born in Egypt) and the outcome: Israel's freedom. Mostly, this is a kind of extended reverie on what the final plague symbolises, with a few notes on some of the lessons we gain from paying attention to anthropology and mimetic theory. 

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We do not see the world the way it is, we see it the way we are. This is means that our perceptions of things are distorted, sometimes for bad, sometimes for good. Sadly, often, a distored take on things can lead to catastrophe. In this episode, Part 7 in our series on the book of Exodus, we take a look at the mimetic rivalry between Israel and Egypt, and the symbolism of the plagues. 

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