Monday, June 11, 2018

Reflection for the Week - June 11

The sooner we realize that the idea of a human ‘fall’ some 6-7,000 years ago brought about death is an illusion, the closer we’ll be to a more accurate, though still mysterious, picture of the world.

When we look at billions of years of evolutionary history, it appears that at the outset there was life and death. Thus, death, I’d wager, has always been configured in life. This may have been the only way there could eventually be a present world like ours. Future transformation, however, suggests that in contrast to this there will be a refigured life – a forever life without death, and we’re left with imaginative possibilities of what that might look like.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - June 7

Celebrate! The most imaginative primate is you.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - June 6

Unfortunately, Christians often 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 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 notion of 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 in turn opens the possibility of learning more about being oneself as another.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Reflection for the Week - June 4

Christians devote a tremendous amount of time and energy attempting to exorcise tension. In my view, this is a utopian misinterpretation of living spirituality and not the direction God has for us. To be in tension is to be in-between. And being in-between corresponds to the theological marker of the Kingdom of God, to life in the world, and to who we are as humans. Don’t try to escape tension. Embrace it! And go from there.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 30

No one’s story is fully written in the now. Don’t get caught up in the eternal return of the present with the living dead. As children of God we’re traveling on the journey to our destiny, which is to image Christ. If movement and transformation are not part of your theology, change it. Hope for the already and not yet deserves, as rapturous love, a startling embrace that enlivens our notion of being on the way; living the unfinished story.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

Reflection for the Week - May 28

Provocatively cutting away at the darkness is a challenging task that gradually opens up glimmers of light. These slivers of illumination, subversive and revolutionary, glisten through the veil of the masquerade, and offer a hope that translates into a new way of being, seeing, and living. Light leads to a destiny, whereas darkness takes us nowhere. Dismantling the darkness promotes light, embracing light exposes darkness. Here lies the ferocious battle, the substance of what it’s ultimately all about: life or death.