Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 24

There are three prevailing worldviews that tend to dominate the g-local context today. First, matter matters. This is the notion that all there is―is matter. Scientific hubris is attempting to capture what is, but in its reductionism and anti-theism is doomed to fail. Life is more important than matter. Second, money matters. Consumer strategies and corporate values teach us that all that’s real is―money. When money becomes a god in church, politics, economics, and society, everything is sacrificed on the altar of death and redemption is left in the ashes. People are more important than money. Third, power matters. Authoritarian governments cut down and shred responsibility or anything else that stands in their way. This shows that all that counts is―power. Explicit claims of dominance and acts of terror oppress and de-dignify an ethical imperative that is trampled by bullets and bombs. Love and justice are more important than power.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 22

The Genesis creation drama is transhistorical in that it has the capacity to break out of its immediate cultural context, without denying or effacing it, and to continue to show itself as a story that carries a temporal mark that is fitting for any time. The founding narrative in Genesis—this recounting of beginnings, sets out a theological, historiographical, and literary redescription of the world, which is related to and distinct from other ancient Near Eastern portrayals of creation, as well as contemporary forms of naturalism.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Evolution & Genesis

We’re grateful, that in spite of the controversial nature of evolution and Genesis, many have written to confirm that our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis is being well received. One reader says, “I wanted to let you know how helpful your writings have been for me, a geologist and only an amateur student of theology, in understanding how to approach the text of Genesis.” Our hope is that others will benefit from this book and find a better way to interpret and live in the Genesis stories and in the world, with confidence and humility.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - August 11 - les Alpes Suisse

Searching for better interpretations of God, the biblical text, the world, and ourselves is a life-long task and joy. The freedom to explore is not a drawback, but a marvel. This doesn’t mean that in and through our probing investigations, we stand or kneel nowhere. That is simply not a credible possibility. Taking a point of view as a conscious choice is both valid and instructive when based on interpretative sufficiency, though this is to be done within the ongoing tensional configuration of confidence and humility in dialogue.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 10

Forecasts of the demise of Christianity in the West are pervasive. There are many changes needed to correct this trajectory, but one important shift that is essential is for Christians to wake up to the importance of having a thoughtful faith. Thinking is not poison and ideas are essential to wrestle with in a credible manner, whether we are engaging another Christian or not. A respectful listening to and learning from others will enhance our integrity, while not necessarily meaning that we have to agree with conclusions that are not fitting with truth and love. Escapism and ignorance are not representative of the living God, who calls us to connect with the world and others, to participate in shining light into dark places, and to bring sufficient explanations into the theater of life and death.   


Monday, August 8, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 8

When the scientific and theological communities attempt to avoid hermeneutics (interpretation) they are liable to make a mess of things. Those in either or both disciplines face the obligation to admit that they are interpreters of data and not merely assessing the bare facts. In spite of their incessant antagonism towards each other, these two communities are interdependent, and therefore need to be in dialogue in order to better understand God, the world, self, and other.   


Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Musings - August 5

When the fog rolls in it’s hard to recognize the contours of the landscape around us. Waving our arms to clear the air doesn’t have much effect, except to get a little upper body exercise. Fogged in, is a way of saying that we have to wait for clearing before being able to resume our normal activities. Sometimes this inability to see very far can go on for days, weeks, or even years. There is comfort, however, in knowing that we are not alone in the fog and that it will gradually be swept away, eventually replaced by a clarity never before imagined or experienced.  


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 3

In addition to Freud’s atheism, there are many others, including Nietzsche, Barthes, and Foucault, who argue that God is a contradiction to life, for the death of the Author, and that the strategic alignments of power interests are out to control knowledge, relationships, and truth. While these thinkers have some salient insights, their wayward conclusions have contributed to the cultural construction and propagation of a cynical, pessimistic, and decentered self. Yet, in the face of such views, the counter-cultural and always avant-garde perspective of Christian promise and hope defies this manufactured status quo. Destroying idols and listening to symbols is one of the keys that unlock living spirituality and possibilities for engaging God. When this takes place we are no longer trapped within a network of self – other power plays that exploit us, but we are embraced by a Divine love without measure, where freedom leads to redemption and transformation. Being loved in this manner supplies us with a new self and an identity that goes far beyond any of our own making.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 1

Dialogue animates and breathes life into ideas, which tend to stagnate into oblivion when reduced to monologue. If we take a dialogical trajectory in our thinking, we will begin to develop formulations that yield a greater credibility. This is so because we are working with a broader sphere of possibilities that combine to offer a surplus of meaning. And reality is like that – breathtaking and overflowing with meaning – which is not entirely capturable, nor however, is it anything we make it out to be.