Monday, November 29, 2010

LIVING SPIRITUAL RHYTHMS FOR TODAY

If you’re interested in buying Living Spiritual Rhythms For Today, now is the time. www.amazon.com on 29.11 has my book discounted a whopping 43% off at $11.42 instead of $19.99. This book might make an excellent Christmas present for someone you know and love.

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Reflection for the Week

Forging our way forward, following in the footsteps of Christ, is no simple task. We can be thankful that God has promised to be with us and that the Spirit is in our midst directing our pathways. Still, there is uncertainty and disorientation - these don’t disappear - but are salient reminders of what is real within the evolving process of transformation towards our ultimate destiny of imaging the crucified and risen One.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

What are you thankful to God for?

AN ENDORSEMENT FOR LIVING REFLECTIONS - MY SOON TO BE RELEASED NEW BOOK.

Living Reflections is an extremely accessible introduction to some key questions facing anyone who wants to interpret Scripture theologically and with reasoned integrity. Greg, the Director of Swiss L'Abri, engages with theological, philosophical and hermeneutical dilemmas that are of the utmost importance for both academy and church. What is more, he makes complex issues into user-friendly discussions for both student and pastor, empowering the reader to grasp their significance for our times. The reader is not only led through the issues of foundationalism, authorial intention, the relation between history and text, the place of language and how to approach the parables of Jesus, but done so with the companionship of Dr Laughery's own mentor, Paul Ricoeur. This is a great introduction to hermeneutics, and to seeing how the thinking of one scholar, Ricoeur, can enhance the reader's appreciation and insight into a myriad of problems.” 

Graham McFarlane, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, London School of Theology.

ABOUT LIVING REFECTIONS

The patron saints of reductionism and polarization in contemporary Christian thought frequently dominate disputes over language, philosophy, theology, interpretation, and their interaction. Living Reflections moves in a different direction. It establishes a space for dialogue, mediates one-sided extremes, and offers a hermeneutic of relation and distinction, which depicts a new vision for engaging with these contested issues. Challenging and insightful, it invokes a perceptive wisdom going beyond modernist and postmodernist perspectives, affirming the tension-filled and organic character of Christian truth.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

While there is a place for suspicion in our lives, it can often dominate and control our engagements with self, other, world, and God. When this happens, suspicion is functioning as a call to itself, and therefore one of the major idols of our times Yes, I can hear you saying, “But suspicion is what makes it all happen.” Does it really? We sometimes assume that suspicion keeps us safe and provides us with a space to dwell, without having to commit or needing to participate in something that might threaten the status quo. Yet, this is far from the truth, as the beingness of trust pervades our essence and identity. As a result, breaking through the walls of suspicion, which condemn us to be unknown and unloved, is a revolutionary invitation that marks us out for the economy of gift,  where the desire to be known and loved is understood, applauded, and welcomed.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Reflection for the Week

There is a place in living Christian spirituality for being responsible. God wants us to care for what has been given and to accomplish what we can in its midst. Don’t fear doing something well – to the best of your ability – as if God would somehow be against this. Go for it! And if you get there, forget about being arrogant, but by all means do enjoy the moment and appreciate God’s applause.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Why do Christians tend to be detached from culture?

 

AN ENDORSEMENT FOR LIVING REFLECTIONS - MY SOON TO BE RELEASED NEW BOOK.

"Continuing in the spirit of Francis Schaeffer, but with more careful scholarly acumen, Greg Laughery shows how and why philosophical reflection is important for Christian witness.  This is philosophical wisdom in service to the Word."

James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College.

ABOUT LIVING REFECTIONS

The patron saints of reductionism and polarization in contemporary Christian thought frequently dominate disputes over language, philosophy, theology, interpretation, and their interaction. Living Reflections moves in a different direction. It establishes a space for dialogue, mediates one-sided extremes, and offers a hermeneutic of relation and distinction, which depicts a new vision for engaging with these contested issues. Challenging and insightful, it invokes a perceptive wisdom going beyond modernist and postmodernist perspectives, affirming the tension-filled and organic character of Christian truth.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

Stepping out of the shadows and into the light can be a risky move. Fear and trembling may accompany our exposure, but God’s divine communicative action in text and world illumines the long and winding path that leads to life. Loving God results in being known by the tri-agency of Father, Son, and Spirit, which becomes true knowledge and therefore opens up possibilities for living spirituality in the drama of a community that has no end.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Reflection for the Week

Paul’s statement to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 12:3) that no one speaking by the Spirit of God can say, ‘Jesus is cursed,’ and no can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit, is radical stuff. True, in most situations today anyone can say what they will, but that’s not the point here. These early Christians, some who came out of pagan contexts, would have been politically cautious about calling anyone other than the Emperor, “Lord,” as may be the case in some political environments in the present. The apostle wants to re-enforce that Spirit activities are not pagan communicative acts, but are to result in the proclamation that ‘Jesus is Lord’ in spite of Roman or Jewish claims otherwise. Furthermore, Paul is aiming to shift the focus onto the Lordship of Jesus and away from the Corinthian fascination with the manifestations of gifts. Even legitimate expressions of gifts may inadvertently direct attention away from their true aim or goal - proclaiming Jesus as Lord, and the building up of others.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

What is love?

 

AN ENDORSEMENT FOR LIVING REFLECTIONS - MY SOON TO BE RELEASED NEW BOOK.

"For those wondering what Francis Schaeffer might say about postmodernity and contemporary disputes over language, philosophy, and interpretation, this collection of essays by a third generation staff member of the Swiss L'Abri may provide the answer. Greg Laughery's book runs the gamut of contemporary hermeneutics, using Paul Ricoeur as his sparring partner in each of its five chapters. Here is no despising of the intellect, but a probing reflection on the nature of Christian thought and biblical interpretation. Schaeffer can rest easy: the community at L'Abri continues to ask the right preliminary questions."

Kevin Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College.

 

ABOUT LIVING REFECTIONS

The patron saints of reductionism and polarization in contemporary Christian thought frequently dominate disputes over language, philosophy, theology, interpretation, and their interaction. Living Reflections moves in a different direction. It establishes a space for dialogue, mediates one-sided extremes, and offers a hermeneutic of relation and distinction, which depicts a new vision for engaging with these contested issues. Challenging and insightful, it invokes a perceptive wisdom going beyond modernist and postmodernist perspectives, affirming the tension-filled and organic character of Christian truth.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

Forecasts of the demise of Christianity in the West are pervasive, and for my part, I think largely accurate. 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 important 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 for their own sakes, and to participate in shinning light into dark places and to bringing sufficient explanations into the theater of death.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Reflection for the Week

Sacrifices on the altars of resolution rob us of the sacred. Conversely, slices of tension permeate our space, provoking thought and raising questions. God has communicated sufficient information, but there is much that is open to discovery. Embrace the tension and wait for the day of the Lord, when we shall see face to face and know as we are known.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Someone mentioned to me the other day that our options in life are to be self-obsessed or God obsessed. What do you think about this?

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

The church needs to get out of buildings and into the streets. Repent> Protest> Rage against the machine. Cultural masquerades of the rhetoric of individualism have fooled many, but alas the ideology of the prevailing system of stamping, numbering, and coding, rules under the clever disguise of freedom. It is time for ideologies and rhetoric to be resisted and overthrown. Too long, oh Lord, too long. While dancing around in arena of death, we have squandered truth and love, and made them fools to be sneered at and ignored. Too long, oh Lord, too long. Give us renewed vision and strength to see redemption lived, and flowing into the byways and passages; the theater of life. May we contribute to and enhance the credibility of the gospel as “good news” for all humanity.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Reflection for the Week

The Western church has further impoverished itself by ignoring or excluding the artist, musician, and poet. These creative people have a whole lot to teach us about Christ, culture, and living spirituality. Let’s make every effort to invite and welcome these players into our communities and to open our horizons to their insights. We desperately need fresh perspectives that will enrich and illuminate the path ahead. Being closed minded is not a Christian virtue.

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