Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - April 22

Mark’s story in the NT is full of role reversals. Those who think they see and hear are blind and deaf and those who are blind and deaf see and hear. A life of following Jesus is not about possessing people and things but about dispossession; being willing to let go, take risks, be courageous, and not to fear. To be great you have to be least and the first will be last and the last first. Those who want to save their lives will have to lose them for the sake of Jesus and the gospel. And in perhaps one of the most striking reversals of all it is the demons and unclean spirits who know who Jesus is, while the disciples don’t > go figure.



Monday, April 19, 2021

Reflection for the Week - April 19

I'd wager struggling with a biblical notion of revelation is the way it’s supposed to be. It’s in the struggle to understand that the pursuit of what’s true continues. In some instances, it appears that the biblical writers were doing likewise. They didn’t have it all together. Thus, a significant dimension of the reality of theism and Christianity is found in the struggle to believe it. Apparently, in this life, hermeneutical entanglements with God, the world, self, and other should never en



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - April 15

We’re hard pressed to paint a definitive picture of God, but instead of being disappointed about this, we should embrace the privilege of unknowing. In this case, there just might be a need to exchange idealism for realism – a hermeneutical realism, when it comes to knowing God. Not only, for example, does God have numerous names, but God is also referred to in a multitude of ways in the biblical text. There’s a real diversity of theological representations here that don’t settle into a nice comfortable package. Debate then as to who God is happens in the text itself. Further, as we explore the natural world, we continue to be amazed by its seemingly unending magnitude and its delicate fragility. This raises plenty of theological possibilities, leaving us in a position of having to wait and see. Thus, whether we delve into the biblical text or plumb the depths of nature, I’d wager God is indeed a mysterious character.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Reflection for the Week - April 12

It seems to me Western culture is increasingly one of dislocation and fragmentation. Modernist notions of stability and permanence are rightly being shattered, as they were rooted in deception. In its place, however, postmodern nomads now wander from here to there - to nowhere, and this is not primarily a physical or geographical phenomenon, it pertains to the way some folks view life. False certainty has been replaced by false uncertainty. Flitting from this to that and back again is so common today. Many attempt to re-invent themselves by the hour. No home, no boundaries, no commitments – drifting. Yet, these powerful, persuasive, and misleading images often peddled by our culture and embraced by the crowd, leave us destitute and floundering. In light of the waning credibility of modernism, nomadic postmodernism is not a viable option. We’re worth more than that and thus have to explore other possibilities that take this key factor seriously and then go from there.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - April 8

There are at least two types of giving: obligation and desire. These are not mutually exclusive, but the latter is less duty orientated than the former. On the one hand, when we go to the store and buy something, we are obliged to give in order to receive – this is called exchange. On the other hand, when we desire to give, we do so without receiving – this is called gift. We can say, therefore, that there are two economies – the economy of exchange and the economy of gift. Life, generally, and relationships specifically, are a radical negotiation between these two.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Reflection for the Week - April 5

Many Christians who hold to the interpretation that God created in six literal 24 hour days fret about the strong scientific evidence for human evolution and I’d wager they have good reason to do so. This reading is becoming less plausible all the time and an avalanche of credible information will eventually bury it. But the fear for them is that if things didn’t happen exactly as they think, then the biblical text can no longer be trusted – it is not history. Yet, this is a false fear, since the biblical text is comprised of several different directions and genres – sometimes conflicting, sometimes harmonious. Surely, for example, the gospels have a much more historiographical impulse than early Genesis. So, my suggestion is to go ahead and let go of your views of the literal history of the creation stories, since there are far better alternatives that correspond to the validity of the scientific informer. You have much to gain, and nothing worthwhile to lose.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - April 1

Fallen leaves, so fragile, flutter in the breeze.

Their dance illuminates, amidst the torrent of death, as beauty fades away. Yet, caught in the throes of decay and winter light opens the possibility of an astonishing renewal, not beyond recognition, yet vague and visceral. To await its coming requires patience; looking for change in the seemingly unchanging, and the disclosure of transforming being in speech and act. 




Monday, March 29, 2021

Reflection for the Week - March 29

As new ideas surface and gain traction, particularly with respect to the natural world informer, an inflexible theological paradigm will produce fear, rather than engagement. There are inevitably going to be modifications and revisions that become necessary for living an integrated faith configuration with clout, and we need the capacity to freely explore the reaches of the known and unknown that might open possibilities for contact with the Infinite. Thus, a flexible, more elastic perspective, albeit within degrees, is pertinent to adopt, since it’s truer in allowing for variations of what God, self, other, and world might look like based on compelling fresh data.



Friday, March 26, 2021

Vélo – Alpes Suisse



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - March 25

Ethics as expressed in the economy of exchange can never be an end in and of itself. Love, grace, and mercy go beyond an ethical right and wrong, without effacing it. Thus, following in the footsteps of Christ will be relationally challenging and risky. We may not receive as much as we give, since the journey on this path is traced in and marked out by the economy of gift, which opens up new ways of being, seeing, and living.



Monday, March 22, 2021

Reflection for the Week - March 22

Emerging from a long dark winter is like falling into spring light, which brings with it a myriad of fresh possibilities for an illuminating awakening. Newness all around us materializes in a suite of creative surges that heighten our awareness and address our context. Out of life comes death and out of death comes life. Death is fleeting. Life reigns.


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ski de fonds - Alpes Suisse



Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - March 18

I’d wager that attempts to refer to the whole biblical text as inerrant or even authoritative risk saying too much. Perhaps we have now reached a point in time when it is more plausible to discuss various parts of the Bible and then place them on a sliding scale of value within, behind, and in front of the text, than it is to make bold overarching statements about its entirety.



Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 17

I'd wager a realistic faith is a constant dialogue between the “because of” and the “in spite of.” In living a spiritual life, we may traverse periods of belief in God that are like the vistas of a changing landscape. Sometimes the viability of the reasons for faith are convincing and firm, while at other times we are clinging to faith with little conviction or strength. We can experience the joy of sufficient answers or the dread of the awareness that many questions are left unresolved. Passing through, as we are, invites us into this tension, which is inescapably connected to life in this world.



Monday, March 15, 2021

Reflection for the Week - March 15

To not be resigned to death in the midst of chaos and uncertainty is a challenge and a destiny. Fighting against addiction and abuse - the injustices of tolerance – takes hard work and deep commitment. As life frays from the peaceful center to the edges of despair and back, death frequently looms large on the horizon of existence. It perversely seeks to convince us that this is the final space. Frantic attempts to escape from this lie only enslave us and lead to false release. By contrast, life, worn as it may be, is a hopeful adventure worth embracing.