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?


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.


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.


Living Spiritual Rhythms For Today



Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

My wife!

Greg said...

Thanks. Good person to be grateful to God for.

Rhett & Valerie said...

Among many things, L'Abri!

Greg said...

Thanks. I can join you in that.

Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

There are tons of things I am thankful for and even more I do not know, where I should be thankful.

Still I do not always give my thanks to God. This is probably one of the main things missing in so many lives...

Thank you for the reminder!

Sisyphos said...

Whenever I opened my lips to give
thanks for that which from God had descended
the face of the other suddenly ascended
sadly asking in his grief:

What you give thanks for
I did never receive
What should I give thanks for
tell me please.

And whenever I named
a gift he had gotten
another face exclaimed:
Then I am forgotten!

Greg said...

Yes, it's so easy to slip into the status quo or taking things for granted. Saying thank you can be forgotten, so we all need reminders from time to time.

Greg said...

Thanks. Surely, there are many elements that make up your poetic scenario and some of them seem true. Yet, we live in a world that's not our own. As a result of the choices of countless others/selves, we could be numbered among the seemingly forgotten, though this may not be the end of the story.

carter said...

Late. As usual. Deliberately working my way through the Hebrew scriptures, I am thankful that I cannot fully comprehend God.

Greg said...

Thanks. No doubt a worthwhile challenge to work through the Hebrew Scriptures. And so true, that we could not handle a comprehensive knowledge of God.