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 remains the backdrop that surpasses it all. Seek, therefore, to fill up the empty spaces with good and thereby embrace the “so much more.”
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Out of the mists of time, God authoritatively re-visits the world in Messiah, who magisterially deals with the plight of Israel and humanity through cross and resurrection.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The age long debates about the Christ have reached a stale and musty status quo. As theologians in general and philosophers in particular went down the false path of trying to sort out the ‘what’ of God, his substance – essence, the real question that probably lied on the hearts and minds of early Christians and should resonate with our own, was the mega narrative consideration of ‘who’ God is. This means that the true path of discovery moves in the direction of the ‘identity’ of divinity, rather than its speculative composition. Christ as son of God, for example, is recognized as having the same ‘identity’ as the God of Israel, and then he enacts that ‘identity’ to the awesome degree of a tight compatibility, which didn’t slip out of history, but was noticed and testified to in a plurality of ways. Packed with density, this identification trajectory begins to make good sense, as the interlocking sub-plots connect with the plot, and therefore offer a renewed perception of Messiah and all he means for God, humanity, us, and the world.
Posted by Greg at 7:28 AM
Monday, December 2, 2013
God's way of reconciliation is configured in the death of the Crucified One, which results in not reckoning people's sins against them. God has done everything that there is to be done from his side in order for us to be reconciled. This "logos" of reconciliation has been downloaded into new covenant, which through God's initiation, is written on human hearts and not tablets of stone. But the absolutely massive context for all this is God’s reconciling the world to himself in Christ. This is a big story – a mega-narrative going far beyond personal individualistic salvation, culminating in a new heaven and earth. And if God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, we are to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, as those through whom God makes his appeal to others.
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Friday, November 29, 2013
Admitting that there isn’t total truth will not lead to total relativism. Neither are plausible options. What’s true and what’s relative would seem to have to be considered by degrees, not totalities.
Posted by Greg at 3:39 PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Some things can’t be mediated, but where possible and mediation brings us closer to truth than leaving us further away from it, let’s do it.
Posted by Greg at 3:14 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The incisive depiction of self-deception found in the biblical text is striking. We are never the selves we simply assume ourselves to be. Consequently, self-designation for good or ill is severely limited, leaving us adrift in a sea of questionable options. There can be no doubt about it – we are in need of more - being and becoming new selves. Receiving the gift of a new self anchored in a call from beyond generated by the love of the Infinite One, deconstructs the death force of manipulative power strategies and sets us on the pathway to life with all its detours and complexities. Vistas of past, present, and future now opened up along the journey are breathtaking, as time and story coalesce and separate on the glistening horizon of the Divine promise of redemption.
Posted by Greg at 3:37 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Grace, Grace, Superabundant Grace. I’m thankful I can trust that God will remember me. I leave my destiny to his imaginative impulse of resurrection.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Self-knowledge is often viewed as the need to recognize a total dependence on God. I’m not even sure what a total dependence on God might look like, and if I did, it doesn’t seem like it would essentially have any bearing on several dimensions of self-knowledge.
Posted by Greg at 4:30 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
To come to a better understanding of self-knowledge means recognizing that a key feature of knowing oneself is a participation in being known.
Posted by Greg at 11:55 AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Total self-control or total God dependence are not realistic options for life. Totalities are just out of the question. We lack access. Rather, it seems to me that God challenges us to be “dependently independent.” This blended configuration has to be worked out, but it gives us an opportunity to be the creatures he intended us to be, instead of violating ourselves, others, or God through totalizing illusions.
Posted by Greg at 12:44 PM
Monday, November 18, 2013
If the biblical text is not historical in certain places, this is not necessarily a loss of revelatory value. The text has to be taken and read genre by genre. There may be a marked difference, for example, between Genesis 1-3 and the Gospels, though the Gospels may not in every instance be loaded with a historical impulse for them to be packed with sufficiently true testimonies that radiate revelation. A careful reading of the biblical informer then is not an all or nothing enterprise, but an engaging with and being engaged by various interpreted expressions, facts, and stories that God participates in configuring, so that we might be called out of darkness and into light.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Beyond the fleeting idolatrous deceptions of the metanarratives of absolutism and relativism, lies the steadfast truth of the Crucified and Risen One.
Posted by Greg at 3:01 PM
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The quest for independence and neutrality with respect to knowledge is idolatry. It de-humanizes us. To be human is to interpret and be interpreted by.
Posted by Greg at 3:41 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
At the emergence of creation, God is depicted as the Divine Transcendent One, who imminently orchestrates a symphony of words. These words become vehicles for creating something aesthetically marvelous and intricately complex, though not free of risk. Creation is a wild and diverse marvel, a purposefully directed wonder. God is the Speaking Sculptor who declares and it unfolds. This God, the Genesis God, is the God who sees, names, replies to, and proclaims that his creation is good for its purpose.
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