Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Musings - February 24

Interpreting something does not make it what it is. The interpreter is always related to, but distinct from, the interpreted. This may seem mundane, but it’s explosive.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - February 23



I hear claims like this frequently. “Well, my expectation is that God will do this for me. You know He just has to.” Perhaps, the stark, yet exquisite words penned by the famous author of Ecclesiastes, “Vanity, vanity, vanities of vanities, all is vanity” could, in our own day, be translated into, “Expectations, expectations of expectations, all is expectation.” And God better meet them or else. God expectations are running wild, and the way they are prioritized is a serious problem. Okay, there’s nothing wrong with expectations, unless they’re playing a role they don’t deserve to be. And unfortunately this is all too often the case. The Christian life is supposedly all about ME and MY expectations being fulfilled. Some think that being a Christian centers on what’s in it for me, not on whether or not it’s true. People are getting burned by this and the Christian bubble they’re attempting to live in is exploding. Good! The time for a credible faith anchored in whom and what is real couldn’t be more pressing than it is today.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - February 22



Our theological, philosophical, and scientific configurations are so often supposed to represent absolute precision. We tenaciously hold on to them come hell or high water. They effectively immerse us in a sterilized vat of facts, where mystery and imagination are forced to undergo the steady drip of a powerful anesthetic that aims to keep us under control and on the true path. But what happens? God breaks through. Curiosity and questioning begin to surface and unqualified exactitude is shattered. All of a sudden we’re free/falling with seemingly nothing to hold on to, unanchored in a violent sea of uncertainty. Such an experience, though disconcerting and complicated, is unavoidable, but should be considered a necessary development that will hopefully lead us towards embracing and standing for truer views of philosophy, science, and theology, where mystery and imagination are part of life with God, the other, and the world.     

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Monday, February 20, 2017

For anyone interested, Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 1 is now available as an ebook – Only $2.99.

For anyone interested, Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 1 is now available as an ebook – Only $2.99.
                              

Everyday life can be a complex mixture of many thoughts and emotions. Faced with a myriad of false options, it is difficult to discern who to be and what to do. Most of us struggle in one way or another with how to live. Based on living in a Christian community for thirty years, Dr Gregory Laughery encourages us to dare to live a 'real' life. Step out of the box and move forward. His Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 1 can be read as a Daily Reader that engages the mind, heart, and spirit. It is a lovely and challenging blend of poetry, biblical insights, and self-reflection. You will experience numerous sensations, including joy and sadness, when reading this helpful material. Almost every page has a new thought or insight that promotes a feeling of wonder and reflection on personal transformation and spiritual growth. Get in touch with your story and find a Rhythm that connects with the whole of who you are in community with God and others.

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Reflection for the Week - February 20


When we’re desperately longing for a sense of worth, dignity, and value, we can easily fall into idolatry. One of the ways this happens is when “standards” play the primary role in our lives. We either applaud ourselves if we meet the standards we set, or disregard ourselves when we fail to measure up. Keeping to standards of rationality, being understood, looking a certain way, exercise, or diet become the center of our lives. Yet, such primacy demands far too much space within us and in turn results in our being inhospitable to ourselves. If nothing else can get in or through that is more essential, then our standards become idols. But when it comes to worth, value, and dignity, these find their ground in God and being, and thus are realities that are already there, which can’t be earned by doing. Standards we set belong to another category, and cannot give us what we already have. On this basis, recognizing the “is-ness” of our worth, value, and dignity, we should “make room” for and show ourselves hospitality, so that a real and appropriate love of self can be an actuality.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Thoughts - February 17



This one is not going away. Now is the time for creative thinking about the implications of evolution for biblical theology and interpretation. Risks are required, even as we prudently work through the material in an effort to make a contribution that might help re-substantiate theism and the Christian faith, which are moving towards an increasing lack of credibility, especially on this topic.

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