Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - March 15

I’d wager that the information coming from the natural world informer shows us that Apple is not the only one configuring planned obsolescence.

Yep, it appears evident from our evolutionary history that we’re ‘made’ to die, however, that may not be the end of the emerging and as of yet, unfinished story.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 14

Emerging from a long dark winter is like falling into spring light, which brings with it a myriad of fresh possibilities for an illuminating awakening.

Newness all around us materializes in a suite of creative surges that heighten our awareness and address our context. Out of life comes death and out of death comes life. Death is fleeting. Life reigns.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Reflection for the Week - March 12

When assumed interpretations of God and the biblical text come under credible scrutiny from the natural world informer (no literal 6 day creation; Eve & Adam; fall), we should turn to alternatives. This may be painful for some, since God will no longer be able to be pictured or imagined as once was the case, but it is nevertheless an important move from the old status quo to new and significant possibilities for belief that make more sense in a universe that is still unfolding.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics

In light of the Recent Release - Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics post yesterday, I thought I'd offer this brilliant sketch of the book by a former colleague:


Thursday Thoughts - March 8

I’d wager that attempts to refer to the whole biblical text as inerrant or even authoritative risk saying too much. Perhaps we have now reached a point in time when it is more plausible to discuss various parts of the Bible and then place them on a sliding scale of value within, behind, and in front of the text, than it is to make bold overarching statements about its entirety.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 7

Finding shelter from the vacuous and inconsequential is getting harder and harder to do. The rhythm of the ‘trite’ leaves us exposed to a devaluing of heart, mind, and imagination. Rapid-fire rhetoric connected to an entertainment based church and culture infiltrates our capacity to think clearly and truthfully. In contrast to this prevailing and woeful meltdown, there is the possibility of a critical adventure. While it’s true that criticism is never an end in and of itself, it is an essential component to chasten naïveté and to promote the virtuous life. Engage, evaluate, embrace―the Infinite One, other, and world. Enter the spooky haven of relationality (the essence of being relational); the space to dwell in oneself as another.


Recent Release on Hermeneutics.

Paul Ricoeur was one of the most prolific thinkers of the twentieth century.

There have been many books written on Ricoeur’s philosophy, but very little is available on his theological trajectory and its connection to biblical interpretation. My book Living Hermeneutics aims to fill that lacuna. It brings to life the diverse ways in which Ricoeur’s work can contribute to and open up viable possibilities for critiquing both modernist and postmodernist orientations, while offering new theological and hermeneutical directions for understanding the text, the reader, and the world. This book is aimed at a broad student audience, as well as the interested general reader who would like to know more about Ricoeur.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Reflection for the Week - March 5

Promising needs a referent beyond the promisor and promissee. It has to be anchored in someone or something that substantiates that “the promise” is worth keeping because it is “good” to do so. Promise, therefore, never escapes ethics. The “act” of promise cannot be reduced to itself.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Discounts.

My publisher and I have heavily discounted worldwide several of my paperback books (ebooks already cheaper) to make them more affordable for any who might be interested. 


Thursday Thoughts - March 1

Love, self-understanding/self-deception, and the capacity for “awe” are realities that add a surplus of meaning to the notion of naturalism. Naturalism, though comprising many truths, cannot go it alone. Not even DNA can do that. Yet, this is not to say that what transcends it offers total closure, since it only promises the hope of a “more sufficient” explanatory story that is, however, far from finished. 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - February 28

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 or a rationalistic apologetic 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 complex world.