Monday, January 22, 2018

Reflection for the Week - January 22

Given the increasing likelihood of evolution, we ought to start working on better understanding the cosmic Christ, rather than merely the historical Jesus.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Musings - January 19

Imagination is an essential feature of being human; a pathway to the discovery of truth. Reason, sense observation, feeling, and experience all suffer severe impoverishment without the recognition that imagination is the lynch pin that holds them all together in a related, yet distinct manner. 


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 17

Dismantling naïveté can be a painful, yet rewarding process if it results in a more careful and critical formulation of beliefs. But this process is often short circuited. A shattered naïveté usually results in recognizing that one’s beliefs did not merit the trust that one invested in them. We can call this a growing awareness of the need to be critical of our beliefs, let’s say, a move into the mode of criticism. This is a necessary and good thing. The problem is that there is a tendency to stop here, since suspicion now seems so much more reliable than trust (though in reality, it really isn’t because trust is a center of gravity at the core of being human and thus we are obliged to trust our suspicions). When the critical mode, valid as it is, persists as a monologue, the end of the story can tend to become criticism itself, and this in turn can emerge into skepticism or relativism. It is imperative, therefore, that we find ways to credibly move through the critical mode, not back to a rightly left behind naïveté, but towards a critical trust and sustainable beliefs. When this takes place, we can be re-engaged in a life setting dialogue that calls us to explore fresh options that transcend the toxicity of false endings and their emergent illusions.     


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reflection for the Week - January 16

Jesus’ parables aim to subvert and shatter, yet they also reconstruct in the wake of the debris. The attacking, overturning, and revealing character of parables is not to be missed. Parables also disorient, shock, and surprise, while announcing reversal and re-orientation in the disclosure of new understandings about Jesus, the world, and the Kingdom of God. These powerful stories are loaded with meaning that dangerously engages imagination and, when that happens, watch out.


Monday, January 15, 2018

New Book Announcement

Reading the Gospel of Mark is a fascinating adventure, with the destiny of humanity hanging in the balance. Where’s it all going? In this narrative commentary, I wager that to read and hear this story is to enter a possible world; a world of subversive reversals of perspective, intrigue, mystery, and strange riddles, with Jesus as its central protagonist.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Musings - January 12

Theology is socio-culturally dependent, but God cannot be reduced to being solely the product of socio-cultural contexts. The God of promise and action comes to humanity in and through these, but emerges from beyond them.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 10

I have quite often reflected on how much elasticity God allows us in our journey of faith. I still don’t have an answer. No doubt there are limits, but in-between these there may be greater flexibility than assumed. As I tend to put it, grace reigns and sin matters. This formulation expresses a living tension, which is to be embraced, and then I go on from there working out the rest.