Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Musings – August 22

While the narrative of beliefs and language has long and unsettled controversies and complexities, this is one basic, yet profound way of configuring a proposal. Beliefs are dependent on language, but not exclusively constructed by it. Both the poles of Realism (no dependence) and Idealism (full dependence), in the previous formulation, are marginalized – kept at bay – in the wager that there is more to beliefs than either can sufficiently explain. To attempt to avoid polarization in these discussions is like needing to duck when a totalizer is thrown at you – necessary – phew, another streamer avoided.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Thoughts – August 21

The neuro “event” of the optics of the other prepares the way for encounter. This story, recounted prior to an express “act” of contact, opens up therefore a rich, fabulous, and fragile invitation that unveils the suspense of possibilities for trust and suspicion.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–August 20

Deeply engraved with complexity and mysteriously forged by extravagance, the drama of the biblical and natural world informers presents significant challenges for readers, taking us to the limits of our imagination. Pushing reality to the edges of perception raises questions and issues that mustn’t be ignored. To take each informer seriously means being open to learning and embracing truth wherever it is to be found.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Thought - August 18

For all the remarkable accomplishments of humanity, to still not be able to defeat racism is horrific.

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Reflection for the Week–August 18

There are at least two ways a crisis of hope may express itself. First, pessimism: cynicism overtakes us and we decide to take matters into our own hands. Second, optimism: naïve idealism saturates us and we decide that God will resolve it all for us. Neither of these false options has much to do with a Christian point of view and both will leave us empty. Yet, we may tend to spend significant amounts of time and energy floating from pessimism or optimism, or attempting to solidify and barricade ourselves in one perspective or the other. Never this simple, life with God will challenge these polarizations, and in so doing refigure the false options into growing opportunities for truly engaging in community with God, ourselves, others, and the world.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Musings – August 15

Many Christians rant and rave about the dangers and failures of philosophy, but their soft-headed and hard-hearted theology is doing more damage in promoting blindness, than many a philosophical orientation ever could.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Thought - August 14

When ignorance, put forward with a tireless vehemence, becomes the only acceptable form of humility and all else is fiction, our cultures are moving awfully close to arrogance.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–August 13

It is crucially important to acknowledge that art needs ethics, but it is equally significant to realize that ethics needs art. Neither art or ethics or anything else, it appears, can go it on its own. Dialogue will bring us closer to what’s real and true, unveiling the avant-garde, while monologue, even though in vogue, cuts us off from the surplus of that which is.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What’s the Time?

As we’re again increasingly facing the horror of wars and genocides, not to mention other travesties, it is important to attempt to understand what time it is. Considering all the talk about the end of the world, if you’re interested, you may want to read my book Living Apocalypse. I hope this book offers a better interpretation of where we are and how to decode something of what lies ahead, and in doing so promotes a faith-keeping way of life and action.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Reflection for the Week–August 11

If all is subsumed under God, 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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Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Musings – August 8

Let’s beware of the potential problems in our own views, before too quickly critiquing those of others.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–July 30

The notion that all interpretations are equal is a widely believed contemporary perspective. This view, however, does not lead us to freedom, as it is so often assumed, but to the bondage of hyper-subjectivity. Flattening everything out and seeing it as the same goes against the undeniable role of distinction – differentiation that is part of reality and the beauty of life. There are, after all, better and worse interpretations. Acknowledging a place for objectivity is freeing, not enslaving.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Reflection for the Week–July 28

Keep this quiet. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. There is often a shroud of secrecy in place when it comes to the problems, doubts, and questions that people have with their faith. These important issues, it is assumed, must be safely hidden away and never discussed with anyone. It is all okay – no worries, merely reinforces the fear of exposure. Myriads of Christians are caught in the shroud of secrecy. They’re deeply struggling with what they believe and are convinced they mustn’t say anything about it. But let’s face it, most of the time the shroud of secrecy is encouraged by pastors, churches, parents, and friends who won’t and don’t understand. One can’t tell them anything without facing a barrage of condemnation. Thus, trusting others is seen as fraught with danger. Sadly, keeping the secret becomes more important than keeping the faith.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Thought–July 24

Beware of the potential problems in your own views, before critiquing those of others.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–July 23

I have quite often reflected on how much elasticity God allows us in our journey of faith. I still don’t have an answer. No doubt there are limits, but in-between these there may be greater flexibility than I might assume. As I tend to put it, grace reigns and sin matters. This formulation expresses a living tension, which is to be embraced, and then I gently go on from there working out the rest.

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