Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Creation–Evolution?

In the light of the growing scientific evidence for our evolutionary history, does Genesis 1-3 still have any credibility today? If so, where is it to be found? Our new book From Evolution to Eden explores these questions and paves the way ahead.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 30

The persistent voice telling us that we’re out of sync, not doing enough, not doing enough, all too easily slips into a mantra, whose continuity is hard to break. Being obsessed with false shame and guilt is a corrosive enterprise. These feelings, however, should not go unchecked. In calling them into question it is important to consider a trust and suspicion dialogue that will help us discern a truer picture of who we really are. The goal then is not to recover, but to embrace a new identity and new practices related to the gift of a gracious portrayal of ourselves from the Divine One.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Musings – March 27

Believing we’re required to find the key to measure up to standards we set and then taking every means to make sure we do so, is not loving to either ourselves or others.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Thoughts–March 26

If all is subsumed under God in the here and now, the integrity of a risky, yet functional natural world that God made is in danger of becoming irrelevant. This proposed creational orientation does not set out to under signify the Divine, but rather it sets out to embrace the credibility of the created as given, which allows it a mysterious degree of independence.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–March 25

The living Messiah has inaugurated redemption; something so new and dramatic burst on the scene through his life, death, and resurrection that we can hardly imagine what it fully entails. Resurrection though does remind us of how to be and do in hope that the planetary mess we face will be resolved. One of the striking features of this is embodied in the Messianic life. God in Christ, through the power of the Spirit, explosively constrains the present and creatively directs it into the future. We are, as Christ’s followers therefore, not restricted to the status quo of the cycle of the same, but engaged in and by a transformation of grace that leads us towards our destiny of imaging the Crucified and Risen One in this life and the next.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Reflection for the Week–March 23

Our question marks ??? in life will probably never entirely disappear. The persistent battles within ourselves about what is “real” are unlikely to diminish. Don’t worry. That’s ok. There is bound to be “more” to our stories and experiences than a concept of “proof” can bear. Demanding either a “yes” or a “no,” a complete resolution, tends to lead us astray from the crucial reality of trust. But, of course, what and who to trust has to have some criteria – lines of appeal – to merit our trust, otherwise it would be downright foolishness. None of us should buy into folly, yet we do want to admit that life is complex and therefore escapes our being able to put it into a neat and tidy little box that we slip into our pockets and call a done deal.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Genesis 1-3?

In Genesis 1, God made “the larger and the smaller light.” Why not sun and moon? Photo0712Bizarre? Strategy? Should you read Genesis 1-3 literally? Pick up our new book From Evolution to Eden to find out our responses.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Interview with John Walton on Genesis

Interesting interview with John Walton on his book The Lost World of Adam & Eve. We propose, perhaps, the Possible World of Adam & Eve is even better? What is Genesis 1-3 really about? Find out more in our new book From Evolution to Eden.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march/lost-world-of-adam-and-eve.html

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Musings - March 20

When there is victimization and no repentance, our cultures will deteriorate. That is, the oppression and ill-treatment of people leads to their poverty, which destroys dignity, and not asking for forgiveness, which closes the door to transformation, leads to the denial of a hope for flourishing.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Book. Interpreting Genesis 1-3

John Walton titles his book The Lost World of Adam & Eve. Perhaps, the Possible World of Adam & Eve is even better? What is Genesis 1-3 really telling us? Find out more in our new book From Evolution to Eden.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–March 18

Lamentably, few churches are teaching Christians how to read the book of nature and the book of God, so that we can understand what kinds of worlds we’re dwelling in. Creative, insightful, imaginative, and wise could be four dimensions of serious Christian engagement with both texts, but we face severe impoverishment as the book of God and the book of nature pale into individualistic monologues. When this happens, Christian mission crashes and begins to fade, while our spirituality descends into flames of insignificance.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 17 - Apocalypse Now?

When bogus views of the end times get over 13,000 likes on fb, things are considerably worse than I thought.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Reflection for the Week–March 16

My Living Spiritual Rhythms books attempt to create community - a sort of mini-project concerned with “people and place,” and an embrace of a redemptive life from God, and then living it towards the other, the self, the land, and home. This multi-faceted purpose carries with it an impulse for love that should flow out from us into the wider world. That is, people in the Rhythms community are not intended to stay there, but to learn to live a certain kind of life and then take something of that with them, wherever they go.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Friends–March 14

We’d like to say Thank You to all those who have purchased our new book From Evolution to Eden. IMG_4072If you haven’t yet bought your copy, we encourage you to get one today. Questions about Genesis 1-3 are numerous and crucial. What about the fall? Were Adam and Eve real people? Answers here:

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Creation & Evolution?

 

 From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis

Chapter 1 begins:

“In 1954 Bernard Ramm published his challenging and provocative book The Christian View of Science and Scripture. In a world that was increasingly dominated by scientific explanations, he was acutely aware of the need for the Christian community to seriously consider the claims of science.

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How was a Christian to formulate the relationship between science and Scripture? Since the writing of Ramm’s book the urgency of this discussion has only been reinforced by the accelerating expansion of our knowledge of the natural world over the last fifty years.”

George and I take this “urgency” on and develop fresh directions in our new book From Evolution to Eden.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

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