Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Book. Living Imagination. Who Am I & What is Real?

I have a chapter on Samuel Taylor Coleridge in my new book:

Living Imagination. Who Am I & What is Real?

Resembles Life what once was held of Light,
Too ample in itself for human sight?
An absolute Self--an element ungrounded--
All, that we see, all colours of all shade
By encroach of darkness made?--
Is very life by consciousness unbounded?
And all the thoughts, pains, joys of mortal breath,
A war-embrace of wrestling Life and Death?
What is Life? around 1805


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Now Available. Living Mark's Story

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Reading the Gospel of Mark is a fascinating adventure, with the destiny of humanity hanging in the balance. Where’s it all going? In this narrative commentary, Gregory J. Laughery wagers that to read and hear this story is to enter a possible world; a world of subversive reversals of perspective, intrigue, mystery, and strange riddles, with Jesus as its central protagonist. Far from a simple tale, filled with easy answers or a basic list of rules to follow, Mark’s story is explosive; combining exquisite literary creativity and formidable theological force. Readers are challenged to participate in the recounting and to lose their lives so that they, in turn, may find them. Thus, this compelling story is a drama to be performed―lived—acted out. Since the world of self-serving power, fame, and control is decaying, only the embrace of a possible world and all it offers, according to Mark, will lead to life after death.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Reflection for the Week - December 11



Drawing conclusions about the world from solely one perspective is reductionistic. By contrast, Christians want to recognize that reality has to be viewed from a multiplicity of intricate angles and variable vistas. Whether climbing a high Alpine peak or walking through a city, much of what we perceive deserves skillful attention to detail that may first escape us. Looking again, perhaps, should be a key feature of the Christian worldview, founded as it is on the exceedingly complex character of nature and the God who loves and cares for the whole of what is.   

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Musings - December 8


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 adventure.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Book. Living Imagination. Who Am I & What is Real?



I have a chapter on William Wordsworth in my new book: 



Living Imagination. Who Am I & What is Real?

Imagination! lifting up itself
Before the eye and progress of my Song
Like an unfather’d vapour; here that Power,
In all the might of its endowments, came
Athwart me; I was lost in a cloud,
Halted, without a struggle to break through.
And now recovering, to my Soul I say
I recognize thy glory; in such strength
Of usurpation, in such visitings
Of awful promise, when the light of sense
Goes out in flashes that have shewn to us
The invisible world, doth Greatness make abode,
There harbours whether we be young or old. 
The Prelude, 1805, Book VI (525-537)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - December 6

A soft glow drifts over the open sky and points to the horizons of far off worlds. In these distant and mysterious lands, light is tethered to the gentle breeze that flows through the deep. This appears to be like a tender whisper from beyond the savage pulse of the long night of conflict and rage. There are no perfect pictures of illumination, or anything else for that matter. Given pictures are partially opaque, yet relevantly clear, as the sufficiency of this world morphs into possible worlds that present new ways of being, seeing, and living. 

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