Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Musings - October 13

Genesis 1-3 de–deifies nature and humanity, as no other story of beginnings does. What is avant-garde and always will be about these creation stories is their relentless focus, not on the cosmic architecture of nature, but on relationality: God, humanity, and the world. This perspective provides us with both a meaningful structure for and a re-description of reality. If you’re interested in knowing more about all this, check out our book From Evolution to Eden.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - October 12

Asking a multitude of questions about God’s specific action in the world

does not necessarily translate into unbelief that God exists.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 4 - October 11

Feelings and experience can often attempt to be our sole sources and criteria for assessing who we are and what the world is like. Someone says, “I feel like I have to accomplish something in order to be liked.” Why? “Because this has been my experience.” Another says, “I feel ashamed and have to hide my real self from others.” Why? “Because this has been my experience.” Both confirm, “this is who I am and the way the world works.” While feelings and experience are valid dimensions of being human, the question of whether or not we should trust or be suspicious of them cannot be solely based on feelings and experience. Why? In themselves they offer no valid way to discern if the perceptions of ourselves and the world are accurate. Unless we’re willing to go for the jugular and raise the difficult question of what is true, we will spin around in circles of the same, never having adequate criteria for being able to evaluate which feelings and experiences can be considered trustworthy and which suspicious. Once we begin to focus on this explosive question and start to answer it, trust and suspicion will function in better ways that will in turn lead to a truer view of ourselves and the world.   


Monday, October 9, 2017

Reflection for the Week - October 9

When it comes to the question of biblical authority, it’s fine to say that ‘Scripture interprets Scripture’, or the ‘voice’ of God is revealed in Scripture, or the Bible is the ‘final’ authority for theological assessment. Surely, these are valuable ways of speaking if one assumes that the Bible is authoritative. But none of these ‘speech acts’ in itself is an argument for establishing that authority. In effect, it seems likely, in my view, that the biblical text cannot be deemed ‘authoritative’ on its own. That is, the Bible has to be interpreted and then placed into a dialogue with other informers, notably the natural world, in order to assess its reliability or vulnerability with respect to its claims.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Musings - October 6

Ethics as expressed in the economy of exchange can never be an end in and of itself. Love, grace, and mercy go beyond an ethical right and wrong, without effacing it. Thus, following in the footsteps of Christ will be relationally challenging and risky. We may not receive as much as we give. For the journey on this path is traced in and marked out by the economy of gift, which opens up new ways of being, seeing, and living.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - October 5

Tenacious obscurity sometimes plagues us and we’re unable to see as clearly as we would like.

Groping around for illumination seems like an endless journey, and there are no easy answers to be found. We fear being excluded, alienated, and lost. Yet, living and working through the shadow of time is a continual and viable challenge, as we search for light and embrace it as we are able.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - October 4

Dealing with serious questions about the nature of the biblical text should be considered an essential. And taking time to work through them can be a rewarding challenge. Thus, instead of avoiding critical interaction in a spirit of silence or fear, there should be a spirit of openness that welcomes valid questions, not least in the context of evolving versions of humanity and a world that we’re only starting to understand more about.