Reading the Bible With An Evolutionary Heart

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“Bruce Sanguin’s Advance of Love is a significant gift to evolutionary spirituality. Packed full of important spiritual truths, The Advance of Love clearly demonstrates that the Bible remains a potent force, even within a ‘post-postmodern’ perspective. Bruce’s sermons are both thoughtful and inspiring, and will serve as a spiritual tonic for all who read them. I highly recommend all of Bruce’s wonderful work.” —Steve McIntosh, author of Evolution’s Purpose and Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution

Just a short Sacred Sundays post today to let folks know about Rev. Bruce Sanguin's new book of sermons that was officially published/launched today, called The Advance of Love: Reading the Bible with an 3dcover-205x300Evolutionary Heart. If you don't know Bruce's work, we've had the good fortune of having him with us at the site from the beginning, as writer and commenter and collaborator and wise friend on the journey. We just recently published his essay What is Evolutionary Christianity?, which gives an account of his theology as it's being preached and practiced at Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver.

The collection of sermons in Advance of Love are from the last several years and were chosen with the help of the congregation, who formed mini-groups (of which I was in one) to read sermons together and choose which ones stood out as being most worthy of inclusion in this special volume. These were hard decisions to make as Bruce has been on remarkably consistent fire over the past three years that I've been there, cracking out doubles and triples and homers too on a weekly basis without fail. It's impressive to watch, but more than that, it's been a huge gift to receive. Bruce's message, intelligence, heart and obvious commitment to serving Thy Will, has profoundly changed my life, and I invariably leave church on Sunday filled with a passion to grow and evolve and give my heart and soul (as best as possible) to the world. I have little doubt that anyone who's interested in evolutionary Christianity, or really just spirituality in general, will not be similarly moved by this sanguincollection of writing and what stirs there.

Bruce is donating all the proceeds from this book to Canadian Memorial, and in particular to a new adventure we're all embarking on. Bruce is soon moving to a part time position where he can focus on developing and teaching the practice of evolutionary Christian spirituality, both at CMUC and online and beyond. We've hired a great new full time minister (Rev. Beth Hayward) to take over many of the major duties at the church, and Bruce's new mission as writer and teacher will be integrated into that larger whole. It's going to be fun to see how it all unfolds. So if you want to support that project, or simply buy a book full of inspiring spiritual writing, you can visit the website for the book here. I'll leave the last words to Babara Marx Hubbard:

Bruce Sanguin speaks from the heart of evolution expressing through the heart of Christ. Not only does he ‘read the Bible with an evolutionary heart’ in The Advance of Love, he lives it through his words and life. He is a great minister of the conscious evolution of humanity.

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  • Comment Link David MacLeod Tuesday, 12 June 2012 04:00 posted by David MacLeod

    Congrats on the new book, Bruce! Looks like its got some great endorsements. This is also an encouragement to me to get a passport so I can cross the border and visit Canadian Memorial United Church.

  • Comment Link Trevor Malkinson Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:45 posted by Trevor Malkinson

    David, you'll definitely have to get that passport, it would be great to have you up at CMUC. If you do decide to come, let us know in advance, maybe we could lead a co-workshop together, surrounding food and permaculture and the like. Or perhaps you just want to come for a plain ole visit, which would be great too. Let us know either way, cheers!

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