Author Archives: Steve Harper

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Here and Now: Hinduism/Buddhism

Hinduism is thought by some to be the oldest religion in the world. [1]. Buddhism grew out of Hinduism, so even though they have their differences, it is possible to speak of similarities as well.  One similarity is their emphasis … Continue reading

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Here and Now: The Perennial Tradition

It is easy to forget that there was what we might call “religion before the religions.” Scholars are not agreed whether Zoroastrianism or Hinduism is the oldest world religion, but they are generally agreed that no matter which was actually … Continue reading

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Here and Now: New Creation

​Since I professed faith in Jesus Christ in 1963, my favorite Bible verse has been 2 Corinthians 5:17–“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, the new has come. ” [1] In … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Apostolic Enactment

Jesus created a ripple effect for here-and-now living that continues to the end of the New Testament.  Today I offer only a scratch-the-surface illustration through a few mountain-peak passages where living in the now is emphasized… Paul: “And now faith, … Continue reading

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Here and Now: The Jesus Lens

​If all we had to go on was the Sermon on the Mount, we could reconstruct much of the Gospel, especially its view of how to live well.  Running through it is the thread of here-and-now living. It begins in … Continue reading

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Here and Now: At Hand

​Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).  It was another way of describing here-and-now living.  But the words “at hand” provide us with two additional insights about living in the present moment. First, life is near. … Continue reading

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Here and Now: Where Life Is

Jesus said two things that, when put together, show that he wanted us to live in the present moment.  First, he told us not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).  That was his way of saying, “Don’t try to live … Continue reading

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