Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Musings – February 28

Forget self and love the other. Wrong! Remember which self is to love the other.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thought – February 27

Living Spirituality does not overcome our problems, but it allows us to live a spiritual life in spite of them.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–February 26

We long for contact and connection. If this is the case, it is important to become aware of a necessary movement into a space that is partially our own, and partially that of the text, art, other, or God – a third space, if you will. We can say that this confluence of another relational space in-between spaces, where each space remains what it is, yet emerges into someplace new, will allow for a convergence of life together and for a mutuality of space, which forges mediated community at its very best.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Reflection for the Week–February 24

The question: what would Jesus do? while sometimes well meaning, doesn’t have a straight forward answer. It’s absurd to assume that there will always be a direct overlap between his context and ours. While this may occasionally be the case, most of the time it simply won’t be.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Musing – February 21

Coming alongside the other is a wonderful and frightening opportunity to be mutual, while remaining individual.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday Thought – February 20

Present reality will fade into distant memory. Oh, mercy.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–February 19

I hear it said all the time - “God is good.” This makes excellent sense and I fully embrace it, yet I wonder what this means for those who casually throw it around. So often, “God is good” becomes hyper individualized, and then I find myself at a loss to understand. Let’s say, someone has planned a big event, which had nice weather that enabled it to go off smoothly. God is not good because one has favorable weather and God would still be good if one had bad weather. I’m not sure either of these weather scenarios or other kinds of individualistic views that God orchestrates the world for me, can be a very relevant considerations when it comes to saying; “God is good.”


Monday, February 17, 2014

Reflection for the Week–February 17

God, through the created world and the potential for a relationship with others, graciously offers us a space to be and to do. This striking atmosphere of the given is loaded with responsibility and freedom. God wants us to engage with both. This means that we are called to be attentive to God and to interact with the created. The former is all together fitting, since God is God, but the latter should not be viewed as irrelevant or as a betrayal of God, who encourages us to be and do in the dimension of what has been made.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Musings – February 14

What would it mean for someone to say, “I’m making progress?” For someone I know, it would mean at least this: “I’m no longer the ultra confused about everything person that I previously portrayed myself to be.”


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday Thought – February 13

Discernment is an imaginative enterprise.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–February 12

Standards of measure have to be discovered, questioned, and assessed. Contraband all too easily finds its way into our lives and as it does, we can often end up embracing a false standard. Illegitimate guilt and bogus condemnation are unfaithful resources that keep us bound to the legalities of measuring up to what’s deceptive, which brings death, not life.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Reflection for the Week–February 10

Developing a rich and responsible imagination will lead to a greater sensitivity to read and be read by God’s story. To imagine, in this way, is not connected to perceiving an object in the world, but it is a startling engagement with language, as semantic innovation, that results in a productive event or eruption of meaning that has the capacity to bring us into contact with the Infinite One.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Musings – February 7

Churches should stop building health clubs for members and start proclaiming the truth in love to strangers.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday Thought – February 6

Accept what’s been done on your behalf and don’t go chasing after signs to confirm it.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Living Spiritual Rhythms–February 5

Christians often want to model their lives on famous biblical characters. “God did it that way for Sarah, Abraham, and Paul, so that’s how I expect him to work in my life.” There may be differing degrees of overlap with some of these people, but for the most part this will be smaller, rather than larger. While God is faithful to his promise to be active in our lives and the world, out of hundreds of thousands of people, there was only one Sarah, Abraham, and Paul. Follow Christ and trust God. Don’t assume that because God did something in another’s context, he’s obliged to do it in yours.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Reflection for the Week–February 3

The response to someone’s inappropriate skepticism is not less than a fine tuned and sensible argument, but it’s also a deep love, which is far, far more.