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.  


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - May 25

No narrative is fully explanatory and totally complete. In this sense, metanarratives do not exist. Be they scientific, theological, or philosophical – all fall short of being able to give us that much sought after “meta” that constantly escapes our grasp. And it’s a good thing it does. To live spiritual lives in this regard means to embrace the “sufficiently given,” and to let go of the dreams and illusions of that which tempts us towards the more than is available for right now.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 24

Christology has spent so much time on whether and how the Christ is divine and/or human, obviously an important matter, that it has unfortunately often underplayed or at least not given enough attention to the cosmic Christ. A Christ without the cosmos is not the Christ of the biblical or natural world informers.


Monday, May 22, 2017

From the ruins of a six literal 24 hour day creation is born a new hermeneutical adventure.

Now that we have become more aware of ourselves as part of an emerging and evolving creation nested within a vast array of galaxies, our interpretations of early Genesis are going to have to interact with this data if we are to have a better understanding of God and human origins. Our book From Evolution to Eden proposes some fresh possibilities for your consideration. Check it out.