Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Musings - March 24


Beyond the fleeting and idolatrous deceptions of the meta-narratives

of absolutism and relativism, lies the steadfast mediated truth of the Crucified and Risen One.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - March 23



Engaging a post-trust culture means meeting people where they are in their suspicions and re-directing them to an ontology of revised trust. Arrogant appeals made to institutions, politics, or churches, no longer has traction, whereas personal encounter and investment carry significant weight. Sacrificing time and energy should be a mark of Christian love and charity towards others. Hammering out together the validity, or lack thereof, concerning plausible explanations of reality has to take place one step at a time. There are no fast and easy solutions to complex issues. Starting with being human and living in the world is as good a place as any to begin the journey towards transformation.

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Review - Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics

A.G. Holdier (Colorado Technical University) reviews Paul Ricoeur & Living Hermeneutics: Exploring Ricoeur's Contribution to Biblical Interpretation by Greg Laughery
http://reviews.ophen.org/2017/03/21/living-hermeneutics/ - private


Exploring Ricoeur's Contribution to Biblical Interpretation
reviews.ophen.org
 - private

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 22


People are searching for humanness. In many churches today Christians are not being taught to be human. Various churches fail to inform believers that the natural and biblical worlds count, that they will only truly find themselves in community with God and the other, that Christ is Lord of all of life, and that embracing these realities will lead to transformation – being ultimately human. This is the only feasible way to a better understanding and explanation of true selfhood. Yet, this seems to be happening so infrequently. Impoverishment in churches is a major plight. Interaction with other worlds, such as music, art, film, internet, are often an attempt to find oneself, and this is fine to a degree. Inherently, there is nothing wrong with these other worlds and often they express something of the humanness that is longed for in life. Good. But the problem is, when these other worlds do this even better than churches; people will continue to gravitate towards such worlds for the entirety of their understanding and identity. Christians, of all people, ought to be extending a vision of ultimate humanness that makes better sense, and showing that the Christian ‘world-view’ incorporates and gives rise to thought about all the rest.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Reflection for the Week - March 20


Feelings of betrayal and abandonment are awful. Life is never less than these, though remember, it is always so much more. While time, precious time, will be necessary to process and work through our sense of hurt and rejection, love and acceptance remain a persistent hope that surpasses it all. Seek to fill up the empty spaces with good and thereby embrace the “so much more.”

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Evolution & Theology in Genesis 1-3

Our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis is one of the forerunners in the science and religion debate; we focus uniquely on the creation narratives and how to better interpret them in light of the natural world informer. In addition to our work, it is encouraging to see that Christians are now doing more in this area by taking evolution seriously and recognizing that when doing so it will have implications for theology (Adam and the Genome; Evolution and the Fall). Not only should this exploration continue full force, but I’d wager two further massive questions require thoughtful reflection: 1) The authority of the biblical text 2) Divine action. We’re making progress, dare I say evolving, and as we do so there may be a possibility of regaining some lost credibility where the faith is at least put back on the table of options concerning what is true. 
www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis-ebook/dp/B06XCL47P2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1449475580&sr=1-1

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