It has been a long sojourn since the last Quadratos reflection. There are three reasons – a need for our Quadratos bloggers to put energy into other areas, Alexander’s varied internet challenges as he lives in New Zealand and Australia, and then his 60 day pilgrimage walking the ancient Camino. He covered some 1100 km or about 700 miles beginning at St. Jean Pied de Port in France, crossing Spain to Santiago de Compestella, and ending at the sacred stones of Muxia on Spain’s Atlantic coast.
Today Alexander is again between New Zealand (Auckland) and Australia (Melbourne) – where if visa issues resolve – he may live and work over the next few years. Also he is posting about every other day on the Quadratos Facebook page. His posts are a series of short reflections on these days Christians call Lent. However, he is reflecting on these days through Quadratos not through the Jesus Story we have known it. Another way of saying this – he is reflecting on theosis rather than atonement perspectives. Theosis is the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God and each of us is in a gradual process of being made ever more into that likeness. We would you to “Like” the Quadratos Facebook page and join the conversation.
And if you have are in the neighborhood, have frequent flyer miles or are just ready to take the next step in Christian prayer-join us for a Quadratos expression of Easter. Last week of March near Auckland and repeated the first week of May in Melbourne. See Calendar page for details.
The Hidden Power of the Gospels, by Alexander J. Shaia, will be released by HarperOne on February… More >
The Hidden Power of the Gospels, by Alexander J. Shaia, will be released by HarperOne on February 2, 2010. While The Journey of Quadratos involves many elements, this book explores the journey as it relates to the four Christian gospels. Dr. Shaia also discusses the original communities for which the gospels were written and shares the significance of the development of the Three-Year Sunday gospel reading sequence.
The four progressive paths of quadratos correspond to the four gospels and the four great questions of the spiritual life –
First Path: How do we face change?
Climbing the Great Mountain of Matthew
Second Path: How do we move through suffering?
Crossing Mark’s Stormy Sea
Third Path: How do we receive joy?
Resting in John’s Glorious Garden
Fourth Path: How do we mature in service?
Walking Luke’s Road of Riches
The book is available now for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller. Also, check out the ninety-second YouTube video above featuring Alexander talking about the book.
Longtime quadratos friend Sandra Lommasson, founder and executive director of Bread of Life in… More >
Longtime quadratos friend Sandra Lommasson, founder and executive director of Bread of Life in Sacramento, California, recently posted this beautiful reflection called “Spirit Wants to Incarnate.” She mentions several quadratos principles and references the new book The Hidden Power of the Gospels. We hope that you will enjoy the reflection.