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Wholistic Christianity

Wholistic Christianity

By Reverend Shawn Garan
As we discover ancient Christian texts, we also should reconsider the way we have taught from Scripture. In this podcast I will be sharing sermons where I include these ancient texts and see how they might change our previous understanding of the Bible.
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The Messiah's Donkey
This week we celebrated Palm Sunday and this message speaks to that day in the life of Jesus, when he entered into Jerusalem with palms waving and riding on a donkey. 
16:53
April 14, 2022
What Did Jesus Teach? (Sermon on the Mount)
In this message we talk about the first part in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 
19:39
April 06, 2022
The Symbol of Fire in the Bible
This is an older sermon I preached that I had posted on Youtube a year ago. It has gotten some traction there so I thought I would post it here as a podcast. 
22:40
March 23, 2022
The Symbol of the Cross (Part 2)
In this episode we look at what the cross really was for Jesus and what it is for us.
21:13
March 15, 2022
The Symbol of the Cross (Part 1)
In this episode we look at what the cross really was for Jesus and what it is for us.
26:41
March 15, 2022
Baptism, The Beginning of Our Spiritual Quest
In this episode we look at what baptism symbolizes in the life of a Christian. I call it the initiation into the Christ Quest as it marks the commitment to raise up our children not just as physical beings but also as spiritual beings. 
18:03
March 15, 2022
Baptism by Water, Baptism by Spirit
What is the difference between water baptism and baptism by the Holy Spirit? Today we look at Acts 8:14-17.
24:56
January 13, 2022
The Mystery of the Ages
Here is my first official sermon delivered at the United Church of Christ in Southbury, CT.  The text we looked at today was the letter to the Ephesians chapter 3 verses 1-12. You can join us each week on Zoom by visiting our website: https://www.uccsouthbury.org
18:12
January 02, 2022
The Mystery Behind the Nativity (Short Version)
Here is a clip from my Christmas message preached on 12/19 on what the Nativity means for me. 
07:48
December 22, 2021
The Legend of the Nativity
This week we look at the symbolic meaning of the Nativity. 
17:50
December 20, 2021
A Simple Guide for Behavior
Here is another sermon I preached back in 2020 on Matthew 7.
24:36
December 08, 2021
The Parable of the Talents
Here is a message I preached back in 2020 on the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25: 14-30
28:07
December 08, 2021
Carl Jung & Christianity Podcast Preview
Check my previous episodes to find the full series on this subject. 
04:08
December 08, 2021
The Kingdom of Truth
This week we look at the Gospel of John chapter 18 verses 33-37 where Jesus and Pilate have a conversation over the question of “What is Truth?” Tonight we will analyze this passage to see what Jesus means when he says, “I have come to testify to the truth” and what this means for us who follow Jesus.    Many blessings,  Reverend Shawn shawngaran.com
39:34
November 21, 2021
The Parable of the Fig Tree
What does a fig tree have to do with Jesus' take on the religion of his day? In this week's message we will take a look at the Gospel of Mark chapter 13 and see how Jesus ties his interaction with a fig tree to the interaction he has at his Temple.
32:15
November 16, 2021
The Bible As a Spiritual Journal
Today we will be looking at the Hebrews 9 and see how the Bible is not a book stuck in time but rather a spiritual journal that speaks to the picture of God as a developing image that is getting clearer to us over time.
29:01
November 07, 2021
Rethinking Abraham
Today we will take a look at Genesis 22, the story where Abraham is tested, to examine it with modern eyes to see if we can take away something that helps us think about our faith.
31:39
November 06, 2021
The True Story of Noah and the Flood
Paul tells us many times in Scripture that the stories of the Bible have "secret and hidden" messages underneath them. Today we will look at the Story of Noah and the Flood, found in Genesis chapter 5-10, and see the deeper spiritual message of that old children's tale we grew up with.   Thanks for watching! Rev. Shawn shawngaran.com
32:57
October 24, 2021
God in the Garden vs. The God Revealed by Jesus
It is hard to come to the Bible without bringing our preconceived beliefs to it. We all grew up with these Biblical stories and never really questioned them. In this series we are going through the Bible using our God-given minds to see if we might update our understanding in light of what Jesus taught us about the nature of God the Father.  Many blessings,  Reverend Shawn shawngaran.com 
24:19
October 17, 2021
Loving God, Loving One Another
In our conclusion to this series on Jung and Christianity I boil down everything we have talked about this year and sum up what I think the Gnostics, Jung, and Jesus had been saying about the nature of our Self, God, and the people around us.
35:19
October 05, 2021
Jung & Christianity (Part 4) Jesus and the YHWH Archetype
In this message we learn about how the idea of God emerged from the people of Israel and how that archetype of YHWH was realized in the person of Jesus. Knowing this can lead us to a better understanding of what we are called to do with Jesus as our model and teacher.   Many blessings,  Reverend Shawn 
31:48
October 03, 2021
Jung & Christianity (Part 3): Christ & the Archetype of the Self
In this message I teach about how Jung saw Christianity and the story of Christ as representing the process of individuation. It is not something meant just for Christ to undergo but it is also something we all must go through.
43:50
September 19, 2021
To Change Or Not to Change
A message I preached on the Book of Galatians and the Book of Acts. 
21:06
September 16, 2021
For Such A Time As This
A message on the book of Jeremiah I preached awhile back. 
22:25
September 15, 2021
God Steps Down with a New Way
This is an older message I taught about how God changed from being someone who sits on a throne to being a God who dwells among us. 
19:47
September 15, 2021
The Difference Between the Physical & Spiritual Flesh
In this episode we look at what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 15. This is a message I preached in February of 2019. 
17:39
September 15, 2021
Why the Name Change from Gnostic to Wholistic Christianity?
I just wanted to share shortly on why I changed the name from Gnostic to Wholistic Christianity as some have asked me about that. 
09:50
September 14, 2021
Ancient Storytelling & the Biblical Narrative
This is a message I preached awhile back. It speaks to how the ancient people used stories as a way of communicating a narrative. We must understand that the ancient people were not recording history but rather trying to relay a message.
32:10
September 14, 2021
Jung & the Book of Job (Jung & Christianity Pt. 2)
This week we will be looking at what Carl Jung has to say about the Book of Job and how it radically shifts the story of God into a more personal story of a Father who is learning how to love Creation. This weeks service will be outdoors under the tent.
27:14
September 13, 2021
Jung & Christianity (Part 1)
This week we will be gathering together again for a new series that looks at Christianity through the lens of Dr. Carl Jung. Jung grew up as a pastors kid and was fascinated by the symbolism and meaning that this world religion expressed in its story and practice. His perspective will, I hope, give us fresh eyes to see Christianity in ways that inspire and encourage us to live out the call of Christ in our everyday lives.
26:36
September 05, 2021
The Gospel of Philip (Part 5)
Discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, the Gospel of Philip looks at new a new text from the period of early Christianity that invites us to spark a new imagination around the person of Jesus Christ. Tonight we are introducing the character of Philip and seeing how his interactions with Jesus may have set the stage for how we look at this new and fascinating discovery from the 3rd century A.D.
22:05
July 25, 2021
The Gospel of Philip (Part 4)
In this message we look through the lens of the Gospel of Philip to understand the symbolism behind the Flesh and Blood of Christ.
26:57
July 19, 2021
The Gospel of Philip (Part 3)
Discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, the Gospel of Philip looks at new a new text from the period of early Christianity that invites us to spark a new imagination around the person of Jesus Christ.  You can find this and all my content on shawngaran.com 
25:25
July 11, 2021
The Gospel of Philip (Part 2)
Discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, the Gospel of Philip looks at new a new text from the period of early Christianity that invites us to spark a new imagination around the person of Jesus Christ. Tonight we are introducing the character of Philip and seeing how his interactions with Jesus may have set the stage for how we look at this new and fascinating discovery from the 3rd century A.D. You can find this and all my content on shawngaran.com 
27:56
July 04, 2021
The Gospel of Philip (Part 1)
Discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt, the Gospel of Philip looks at new a new text from the period of early Christianity that invites us to spark a new imagination around the person of Jesus Christ. Tonight we are introducing the character of Philip and seeing how his interactions with Jesus may have set the stage for how we look at this new and fascinating discovery from the 3rd century A.D.
26:11
June 27, 2021
The Hero's Journey in Scripture
A Sermon I gave in December 29th, 2019 where I talked about about Joseph Campbell's concept of the Hero's Journey in Scripture at Second Congregational church of Greenwich. 
26:22
June 22, 2021
The Song of the Pearl
Tonight we will look at a 2nd century (BCE) text that, I believe, illuminates a parable of Jesus and inspires us to awaken the spirit within. You can always find this and more teachings like it at shawngaran.com
23:36
June 21, 2021
The Gospel of John (Part 4)
Tonight we will look at the Gospel of John chapter 8 which tells the story of a woman who was brought before her community because she made a mistake. The tradition and law she grew up in would have her condemned to death...   But in this narrative, that would not be her fate.    In this well known tale, we ask if there was another story being told, one under the surface, and analyze it to see how it reflects the grace and mercy of God through the person of Jesus Christ. You can watch the video of this message and find all my messages on my website shawngaran.com
37:19
June 12, 2021
The Gospel of John (Part 3)
Tonight we will look at John 6 and see what this story means when we look at it spiritually. Jesus always taught in parables not with just his teachings but also with his life.    To learn more about how Gnostic Christians read scripture you can check out Elaine Pagel's book, The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: https://www.amazon.com/Johannine-Gosp...
25:57
June 05, 2021
The Gospel of John (Part 2)
In the Gnostic Bible we find not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the Gospel of Truth but we also see the Gospel of John. With a Gnostic lens, we will look at this story of Jesus with fresh eyes and see what Elaine Pagels describes when she writes, "Gnostic theologians do not necessarily deny that the events proclaimed of Jesus have occurred in history. What they deny is that the actuality of these events mattered theologically. Heracleon claims, for example, that those who insist that Jesus, a man who lived “in the flesh,” is “Christ” fail to distinguish between the literal and symbolic truth. Thosewho write accounts of revelation as alleged biographies of “Jesus of Nazareth” — or even of Jesus as messiah — focus on mere historical “externals” and miss the inner truth they signify.”   (The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary on John, 13, Pagels) The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary on John (Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series)
30:44
June 01, 2021
The Gospel of John (Part 1)
In the Gnostic Bible we find not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the Gospel of Truth but we also see the Gospel of John. With a Gnostic lens, we will look at this story of Jesus with fresh eyes and see what Elaine Pagels describes when she writes,        "Gnostic theologians do not necessarily deny that the events proclaimed of Jesus have occurred in history. What they deny is that the actuality of these events mattered theologically. Heracleon claims, for example, that those who insist that Jesus, a man who lived “in the flesh,” is “Christ” fail to distinguish between the literal and symbolic truth. Thosewho write accounts of revelation as alleged biographies of “Jesus of Nazareth” — or even of Jesus as messiah — focus on mere historical “externals” and miss the inner truth they signify.”   (The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary on John, 13, Pagels) The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary on John (Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series)
31:23
May 23, 2021
The Conclusion to the Gospel of Truth (Part 6)
Join us in the conclusion to this series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com
24:15
May 16, 2021
The Gospel of Truth (Part 5)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com
44:24
May 09, 2021
The Gospel of Truth (Part 4)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com
37:55
May 02, 2021
The Gospel of Truth (Part 3)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com
24:05
April 25, 2021
Behind the Pulpit
Here is a special episode where my boss/friend/mentor, Rev. Max Grant and I have a conversation about the Gnostic texts I have covered here at Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. We do what we often do but with microphones. Please join us behind the pulpit and into the conversations that we often have when just hanging out during the week. This is the audio version of a video we made and you can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPZfr1K3U_k (it may be still uploading but will be up soon!)
42:07
April 21, 2021
The Gospel of Truth (Part 2)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com
45:33
April 18, 2021
The Gospel of Truth (Part 1)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Truth preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
27:24
April 11, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 6)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
28:26
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 5)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
20:53
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 4)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
26:03
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 3)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
22:48
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 2)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
20:13
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Thomas (Part 1)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Thomas preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
15:13
April 06, 2021
The Gospel of Mary (Part 3)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
27:59
April 05, 2021
The Gospel of Mary (Part 2)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here.
27:45
April 05, 2021
The Gospel of Mary (Part 1)
Join us in our series on the Gospel of Mary Magdalene preached at our Saturday Night Worship service here at the Second Congregational church of Greenwich, CT. You can check out our video messages at shawngaran.com Feel free to pick up your own copy of the Gnostic Bible here at Amazon.com And if you'd like to support our ministry here you can do so by using Tithe.ly giving here. 
26:50
April 05, 2021