Monday, June 26, 2017

Reflection for the Week - June 26

Knowing God sufficiently comes about through a matrix of revealed dimensions and perceptive experiences; creation, Exodus, death and resurrection set out the course for both explanation and understanding. Taking these particulars and beginning to recognize them as an integrated whole will bring about fresh insights into the inexhaustible God. Such vital new orientations have a capacity to evoke and provoke a myriad of practical actions towards self, other, and the world, which can actually lead to dramatic change and the goal of ultimate transformation.  


Theology & Evolution

Early Genesis - and how we read its narratives and their relevance for today - is currently generating a lot of questions. Discoveries from various disciplines about the natural world are prompting an urgent need for credible methods of interpretation that can engage in challenging interdisciplinary discussions. Our book From Evolution to Eden offers some fresh hermeneutical possibilities for your consideration. Check it out.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - June 7

Indictments of the supposed guardians of orthodoxy proliferate throughout the biblical text. Prophets are continually ‘speaking’ God’s word to a faithless people who set aside God’s ways for their own benefit. Jesus is even more to the point with his sarcastic irony towards the religious elite concerning the pretense of washing hands to be clean. The assumed orthodoxy, in his day, called for ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus says this is an absurd charade because what really counts is a clean heart. Those today that wave the banner of “we’re orthodox and you’re not,” need to seriously consider the condition of their hearts, rather than inspecting the hands of everyone else.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Reflection for the Week - June 5

God & Imagination

Imagination, I’d wager, plays a central role in our ability to participate in the Christian story. Knowing and believing in the revealing God is a possible reality for us in and through imagination, which is an active agent of these realizations. Any attempt to leave imagination out of the configuration of knowledge and belief is similar to trying to push water uphill. Authentic imagination, therefore, relates to the way things are: it is one of the dynamic elixir’s of our existence; a potential pathway to the discovery of truth, wherever it can be found.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Musings - June 2

Faith in Christ is a personal “project;” not an end to the journey, but its beginning.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - June 1

When it comes to Divine action, GoD is simply not the Great String Puller who works everything out on my behalf, nor is it likely that GoD stamps a design on all that takes place in the world, though God may indeed be the One who opens up possibilities for an evolving creation to unfold in mysterious ways.     


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 31

Biblical interpretation, in the best sense of the art and practice, has been rightly focused on God, the text, and the reader. Recently, culture has been fittingly added to this trio, but it seems to me that there is at least one other consideration that will help us better interpret the biblical story; and that is the natural world. If we leave out this feature, our interpretations will be less sufficient and perhaps even more wrongheaded than they would be otherwise.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Reflection for the Week - May 29

We live and die in the midst of brokenness and beauty. They both engage us deeply with an insightful truth: life is like this. Our world and our lives, as it were, are cut in two. This tension permeates creation and us as part of it. Looking outside and then inside reminds us that this is the way it is. Sometimes there’s lament and sometimes there’s praise, yet both are woven together. One never effaces the other. Faced with this reality, we long for transformation and the gift of resolution, where brokenness is absolved and beauty alone remains.