Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Musings - December 9

Unfortunately, Christians tend to embrace a vicious cycle of self-introspection that revolves around in a continual cadence of navel gazing, where they get lost in the circle of the same. Not that introspection is all bad, but when it’s all that there is, it becomes highly dubious. The end result of this is being a self-centered self. Living spirituality, by contrast, leaves plenty of room for self examination, but it would promote another self: a transformed self. This self is in contact with and dependent on the Other and others, the biblical text, and the natural world, which opens the possibility of going far beyond myopic enclosure.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - December 8

Literary genres in the biblical text are not merely formal structures or conventions, but function as theological directives concerning the complexity of the character of God. Theodiversity, in the biblical drama, opens horizons and dimensions of God that no single genre can contain. Thus, story, wisdom, poetry, hymn, prophecy, and apocalyptic are attempts to portray in words that which is beyond capturing: God, the ultimate mystery of the world.



That pesky serpent in the Genesis Garden outwits humans. Indeed, this even looks like a set-up. They didn’t have a chance. As if that weren’t enough, the veracity of evolution challenges literal readings of the Eden story. If you’re interested in our take on all this, check out From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - December 7

The eschatological plotline of the biblical narrative is deeply connected to our ability to imagine. God’s promised future can only be accessed through our imaginations, but this picture helps us live lives of imaginative faith, love, and hope in the present, where redemption and renewal are real possibilities to be embraced and embodied. Since we are tethered to the already and acquainted with the not yet, this gives us a new perspective for ‘seeing’ reality in a fuller, yet not complete way. While the parts and the whole imaginatively fit together, there is always more to be imagined and lived, as the relation and distinction between them will never entirely disappear.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Reflection for the Week - December 5

Barriers to belief in God may plague us throughout our lives. Forgone solutions and conclusions will only increase our difficulties, instead of resolving them. After all, our access to the possible world of Eden is beyond reach and we are hampered by a real world inability to get outside of ourselves in order to have an ultimate vantage point that will put all the pieces in place. Since this is true, we are likely to experience times of struggle and questioning, which occur on different levels, but choosing an alternative of automatic pilot spirituality where everything makes sense is a foil. There is no such thing. Thus, as we ramble through our days, sometimes villains or sometimes disciples, we don’t want to give in to the pressures of unbelief, as powerful as they may appear to be, for the roadblocks on the path can turn into signposts that point in the direction that belief in God is warranted and sensible in the midst of this wild, wonderful, and broken world.       


Saturday, December 3, 2016

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What more to say than Per Ole's sketch of the contents of this book. If you're interested in the biblical text and what Ricoeur has to say about it, pick up Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Musings - December 2

Interiors & Exteriors – Speaking for myself, I spend more than half the time in my imagination, while somehow managing in the other less than half to find my way around within the empirical world. And, of course, I’m often doing both at the same time. I can easily pass an hour internally, without any deliberate focus on the external, though I don’t usually fall off my bike when riding up the road, or I strenuously focus externally on a narrowly dangerous mountain path that leaves little room for internal processing, yet it is still in play. Remarkable. There is indeed a mysterious and dynamic relation and distinction here between self and self, self and other, self and world, and self and God. On this register, being a human being can be a pretty wild ride.