Loving someone so much that you give them the freedom to not love you in return may be the closest we ever come to divine love.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
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. Therefore, following in the footsteps of Christ will be relationally challenging and risky. We may not receive as much as we give. For 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.
Posted by Greg at 7:16 AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Deeply engraved with complexity and mysteriously forged by extravagance, the drama of the biblical and natural world informers presents significant challenges for readers, taking us to the limits of our imagination. Pushing reality to the edges of perception raises questions and issues that mustn’t be ignored. To take each informer seriously means being open to learning and embracing truth wherever it is to be found.
Posted by Greg at 5:23 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013
The failure of the grand narrative of modernity – achieving it all: absolutism, progress, reason – is shattered. Its replacement is the master narrative of post-modernity – achieving nothing: relativism, play, contradiction. The former attempted to construct a unified story for all humanity, while the latter left behind shards, fragments, and sub-plots with no beginning or end. Unfortunately, many Christians have bought into one or the other of these story lines and uncritically woven it into the biblical faith. Moving away from the power schemes of modern or post-modern meta-narratives is an essential task for believers, if we are to be able to present the gospel in a credible and persuasive manner to a world that has lost its way.
Friday, October 18, 2013
This may seem mundane, but it’s explosive. Interpreting something does not make it what it is. The interpreter is always related to, but distinct from, the interpreted.
Posted by Greg at 4:37 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Charity, grace, and love combined with a hunger for truth, should exemplify the lives of Christians. Today is the day that now more than ever calls for a growing and observable reciprocity between what we say and do. As empty lives, broken hearts, and shattered idols have accelerated dramatically in our times, a credible testimony to Christ becomes all the more important and essential to a world that is looking for hope in the midst of despair.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The demise of pseudo-Christianity in the West is well underway, and rightly so. There are many changes needed to re-present a real faith, but one shift that is essential is for Christians to wake up to having a well thought out belief. Thinking is not poison and it is important to wrestle with ideas in a credible manner, whether we are engaging believers or not. Respectfully listening to and learning from others will enhance our integrity and ability to communicate without forfeiting our freedom to disagree when that runs contrary to God’s truth and love. Escapism and ignorance are not representative of belonging to the living God, who calls us to connect with the world and others, and to participate in shining light into dark places by bringing sufficient explanations into the theater of life and death.
Friday, October 11, 2013
If we try to do love without knowledge and ethics, we will be likely to end up further away from love.
Posted by Greg at 6:27 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
We are a question to ourselves that we don’t have a complete answer for. While God graciously gives us a sufficient picture, it nevertheless lacks a pristine focus and a crystal clear resolution. This means that we have ample room for exploring contours and adjusting angles, as we grow in our faith. Seeking God’s illumination to better understand the mystery that we are gradually leads us to a carefully configured dynamic of confidence and humility that can be lived with each other and out into the world. In being and becoming testifying agents of the Supreme One - tethered to life in Christ, we are creatively and imaginatively given an ever expanding image that certifies, in spite of not seeing precisely who we are or will be, the deep experience of the mercy and love of God.
Monday, October 7, 2013
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, that is, 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.
Posted by Greg at 7:34 AM