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Cognitive Dissidents: 006: Getting Out of The Boat and Walking On Water

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast we talk about when it is a good time to get out of the boat.  Using Mathew chapter 14 from the new testament as our backdrop we talk about why churches or religious institutions are useful and what purpose they serve and then turn our time to understanding that sometimes those institutions having served their purpose no longer are the most useful.  That at times we are invited by Christ to leave the boat in the midst of some new tension in our lives.  Stay in the boat?  Get out of the boat?  It all depends on the tension in your life, the invitation from the Master, and whether you are ready.  All that today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast


6 thoughts on “Cognitive Dissidents: 006: Getting Out of The Boat and Walking On Water”

  1. Now this was powerful, however don’t you think that once we have stepped out of the boat that it is now our responsibility to offer support, lead, and “be the parent” to the ship or the rest of us who stay behind in church?

    Peter never really left the boat to go off on his own, but remained commissioned to be at the helm?

    I guess we need to ask ourselves what is it that Jesus would now have us do? Go back to the boat? Or remain a free spirit?

    At a personal level I would appreciate if all those who left the boat could come back and bring new ideas into the church and perhaps some more love and common sense to those who stayed behind.

    Thanks yet again!!

  2. My apologies to Bill Reel. I have disagreed with him on many things in a very unchristlike fashion. The Beatles were right ‘all you need is love.” Sorry Bill

  3. Thank you for putting into words precisely what I have been feeling. I’ve been taught all my life that I need the captain and the ship to ensure I return home safely, but I’ve recently realized that my relationship with my Savior is strongest when I go to him directly and avoid the middle man.

    I’m grateful the captain and boat got me here, but I’ll be taking this next step onto the water. If I sink, I’ll swim until his hand pulls me up. The intent of those in the boat is to go to the same destination as I, so while we will not be far distanced I wish to walk ahead of the ship with the Savior where I am closest to him and still able to help my loved ones in the boat when they need me.

    Until now my metaphor has been hiking up the path and having Christ calling me to run. As I ran ahead to meet him those with me on the path worry about my haste and call saying I’ll trip and fall. What they don’t see is how clean and clear the path is up ahead. When I’m with my Savior I’ll be in a better position than back with a tour guide I no longer need. My view from up the hill is clearer and my communication with the Savior easier.

    I’ll be borrowing your metaphor from now on, I think it will be easier to understand and contrasts so well with Ballard’s talk that never sat right with me.

    Thank you again for this podcast. It’s extremely relevant to me at this point in my journey.

  4. Once you have walked on the water with Jesus, you are not the same. You can go back in the boat knowing that you are not tied to the boat. It has it’s good uses and you can help, but you are free.

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