Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Musings – September 4

I believe we’re all ignorant of ultimate truth, but what matters is how we choose to live with this scenario. There are those who despair, those who don’t care, those who deny, and those who have faith.

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Intriguingly for me, and at any given moment, I find something of myself in each.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday Thoughts – September 3

Love, self-understanding/deception, and the empirical world are realities that add a surplus of meaning to the notion of P1000182naturalism.

Naturalism, though comprising many truths, cannot go it alone. Yet, this is not to say that what transcends it offers a total closure, since it only promises the “more sufficient.”

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–September 2

Attempts to do theology without science are like trying to fly a kite without wind. As crucial as it is to read the early Genesis stories through ancient eyes, it is all the more essential to consider current scientific informers when it comes to drawing theological conclusions today. Science has presented us with a powerful evolutionary picture of beginnings that challenges us to rethink our theology. If you’re interested in these issues check out our new book From Evolution to Eden.

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440154029&sr=8-1&keywords=laughery

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

http://www.bookdepository.com/From-Evolution-to-Eden/9781938367199

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Reflection for the Week–August 31

Throughout the biblical story there appears to be a fair amount of Gray matter, yet with differing degrees of intensity. Gray is a fine color and it goes well with the Kaleidoscope of other colors that stream in and out of this unique narrative recounting. Embracing the colorful exposition, instead of trying to ignore it, will amount to becoming a more imaginative and realistic interpreter, open to the mystery of that which was, is, and will be.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Musings – August 28

While it has been a joy to help you who I’ve met and lived with answer some of your questions, remember this doesn’t

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mean I don’t have many unanswered ones of my own.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Thought – August 27

Without imagination there is no truth for oneself as another.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peter Enns has written an insightful review

Thanks Pete.

best book on evolution and faith I’ve read in years (or, constructing a cathedral in your mind)

I’ve been around this block for a few years now. Generally speaking, the debate over the compatibility of evolution and Christianity, especially among evangelicals, lacks the input of scientists who not only practice their discipline but who have thought deeply and reflectively about the theological…

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Reflection for the Week–August 24

If the church has no life to offer, which often seems to be the case, it will end up promoting doing instead of being, the law instead of grace, and justice instead of love. While the former in this trio are essential, when they become the exclusive focus or enrolled to go it alone, suffocation and death is not far off. Signs of a diminished pulse and failing vital organs also include the rigid retreat from public life and the serious discussion of ideas, which profoundly endorses the notion that many of today’s churches are withering away. Last gasps of retrenched and reactionary apologetics without spiritual wisdom or keen insight into the fine points of important issues, will only result in an increasing lack of interest and the ongoing erosion of credibility. Well, since out of death comes life, what we’re seeing in our times may actually be necessary for renewal.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Musings–August 21

Genesis 1-3 de–deifies nature and humanity, as no other story of beginnings does. What is avant-garde and always will be about these creation stories is their relentless focus, not on the cosmic architecture of nature, but on relationality: God, humanity, and the world.

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This perspective provides us with both a meaningful structure for and a re-description of reality. If you’re interested in knowing more about all this, check out our new book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Eden-Making-Sense-Genesis/dp/1938367197/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440154029&sr=8-1&keywords=laughery

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-evolution-to-eden-gregory-j-laughery/1121224279?ean=9781938367199

http://www.bookdepository.com/From-Evolution-Eden-George-Diepstra/9781938367199

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday Thoughts – August 20

The essence of Mutuality is not an exchange, but a “recognition” comprised of the fragility of giving and receiving and gratefully giving in return. There’s no buying and selling or cost involved here because the festive gesture of mutuality belongs to that which has no price.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–August 19

I’m authentic and am valuable. I don’t have value and I’m inauthentic. Solution: God offers a new identity to the proud and worthless. Problem: This portrayal of ‘I’ is too either/or and both here are negative – arrogance or no self-worth. Neither pole is realistic, but nevertheless all too often promoted in Christian circles as the type of ‘I’ one is. While it’s true there is a need for a new identity in that no ‘I’ can be Christ like, this shouldn’t be based on reductionistic views of ‘I.’ A truer portrayal of ‘I’ should be configured as more of a mixture – hybrid – of possibilities, since ‘I’s’ can neither scientifically, nor theologically be reduced to a negative either/or. Each ‘I’ is far too complex for that. Generally speaking, when taking an evolutionary stance, for example, an ‘I’ is not solely selfishly arrogant, nor entirely without worth concerning survival, but is basically cooperative in order to enhance the sustainability of life. A theological orientation equally confirms that an ‘I’ has tremendous value and the capacity to accomplish things as an image of God, while recognizing ‘I’ has both positive and negative dimensions, thus not as the false polarizations would have it. Being and doing is a marvel; so much to take appropriate pride in, yet not without regret. Perhaps, a confidence and humility configuration of ‘I’ that highlights love would be most fitting.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Reflection for the Week–August 17

If an interpretation theory of texts, God, other, and world does not include a place for selfhood, it is at greater risk of excess (overstating) or deficiency (understating), which thereby invites a misinterpreting the interpreted and provokes the illusions of absolutism or relativism. When excesses and deficiencies control hermeneutical horizons, nothing real challenges the interpreter. That is, the lacuna regarding selfhood in the interpretive process produces an embedded “status quo,” thus leaving the interpreter “untouched” by what is interpreted. Interpreting means being interpreted by and being appropriately interpreted ignites the possibility of redemptive change. When “selfhood” has been left out, it’s no wonder that transformation does not actually take place. Since living a transformed life is not an option, but a necessity, we would do well to avoid illusions and embrace holistic hermeneutical strategies.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Musings – August 14

The reality of better or worse interpretations of texts, God, selves, others, and world will always be with us, but because truth and love matter, we should aim for the better.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday Thoughts – August 13

When everything is true, the recognition of being no longer resides in the house of knowledge. There’s no one home.P1000199

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What’s fills in the space is doing, which of course can be beneficial, unless it becomes exploitative and demeaning. But doing, even with its tremendous potential for good, can never give being.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–August 12

There is so much confusion today concerning the Role of the reader in biblical narrative. I hope this points us in a better direction. Either the reader has been marginalized – considered an observer – a disinterested party – and thus excluded from the story and its meaning – all the meaning is in the text, or the reader has been glorified - entirely integrated – and therefore understood as merrily floating around in the story as the maker of all the meaning – a reader’s response is not to the meaning, it is the meaning. While it is essential that the reader have a role when reading a story, neither of these options would seem to be fitting. The role of the reader, by contrast, is to imaginatively connect with the characters in the story, the plot of the whole narrative, and to appropriately fill in meaning where invited to do so by the narrator, while living “what” is read out into the world.

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