Friday, May 29, 2015

 Friday Musings - May 29

Sometimes after the long years of a life of faith, you can experience an uncanny loss and all that’s momentarily left, seems to be faking it. But perhaps, just perhaps, what appears to be a “loss” can turn out to be a “gain,” if it produces a truer more loving picture of God than was presupposed to be real in the first place.
Breakdowns like this are troubling and confusing because letting go of untruth and making God’s love up as we go along, is an arduous task.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Thoughts - May 28

Nobody is a nobody. Even those who say “I am” are somebody. When it comes to some forms of Christian spirituality “a nobody syndrome” – like, give God all the glory – is frequently in play. Or it goes, “Don’t ever put yourself forward or mention your accomplishments. That’s unspiritual.” But this seems, humanly speaking, and I’m assuming being human and being spiritual have some common ground, counter intuitive. The desire to be somebody and to be somebody who accomplishes things in the world is not anti-spiritual. What is not spiritual is to have inappropriate pride in oneself or in what one does, but to say “well done” or “good job” is, I’d wager, appropriate pride and a valid expression of “spiritual.” Being spiritual therefore is disconnected from being nobody. This brings us back to last week and my thoughts on Divine action. God, I reckon, is not somehow behind every particular in my life. God graciously extends some freedom for me to act as a real actor, not merely a puppet. So, go ahead “be somebody” and in doing so “be spiritual.” I think God would applaud.   


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 27

We went to the big European Gauguin exposition in Bale, Suisse yesterday. Marvelous paintings, but such a tragic life. Gauguin’s quest for authenticity destroyed him. The way I see it, authenticity is not merely a pursuit; something to be worked towards and then embraced, but it also has to be given and received.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Theology & Science in Conflict?

Atheists becoming theists and vice versa can often take place because of the virulent debate over evolution – creation, notably about Genesis 1-3. There is a massive controversy about the interpretation of origins and early Genesis nowadays. If you’re interested, we recommend you read our new book From Evolution to Eden, which engages the tough questions and offers fresh directions.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Reflection for the Week–May 25

It seems like we want to “see” God so badly that we assume God is doing all kinds of things in our lives and the world; from helping us catch an airplane when we’re late and giving a safe journey, to providing us with a school to go to and a high grade point average. Such detailed aspects of our lives as these, and the way God and the world work, are perhaps in need of facing the underlying question of Divine action. How does God act in the world? I’m not convinced we know as much as we assume, however, on my account this should not be viewed as a problem. I would wager that unknowing can be, at times, a privilege. I suppose that in overstepping our knowledge boundaries instead of being faithful, we’re running on the fuel of conjecture, which may actually result in our being faithless – believing ourselves and not God. So, we ought to be concerned about faith and where and to whom it is directed, as this will have consequences for the present and the future.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Musings – May 22

New territory! Trying to navigate without clarified assumptions on Divine Action.

Not only am I in the books for research, but living every day in this space is an education in itself. Who knows where it all goes? For now, I’m going to sit down and have a glass of vin rouge. Santé!~


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Thought – May 21

A risky elegance flows through nature, as beauty and disaster sometimes confront each other in space and time.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms – May 20

In today’s harsh reality of selfishness and greed, some say there is no such thing as a gift. Giving is always with motive or interest and that disqualifies it. I would argue that while motive or interest will always be with us in giving, it need not necessarily abolish gift, as this would seem to depend on what the motive or interest are. Let’s say a canceling of gift might be the case if one gave it with the motive of receiving something in return, but if one gifts with a motive to satisfy or please the other and requires nothing in return, then the gift character of giving would not be nullified. That is, other interest wins—over a perverse self-interest—and preserves the possibility of true gift.


Thanks Suzie for the review of From Evolution to Eden on Barnes & Noble.

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From the insightful book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

“The anorexic may begin her journey defiant, but from the point of view of a male-dominated society, she ends up as the perfect woman. She is weak, sexless, and voiceless, and can only with difficulty focus on a world beyond her plate. The woman has been killed off in her. She is almost not there. Seeing her like this, unwomaned, it makes crystalline sense that a half-conscious but virulent mass movement of imagination created the vital lie of skeletal female beauty.”


Monday, May 18, 2015

Reflection for the Week - May 18

Stories, Signs, and so many paths to explore

The story teller in the gospel of John understands the turning of water into wine at the wedding of Cana as the first of Jesus’ signs (semeion) and we will focus more intently on this signing. Remarkable acts throughout this whole narrative are always signs. Notably, the most frequent word in the New Testament connected to these types of acts is power, however, it is never used in this recounting. For our narrator, such events are for the purpose of pointing—they are sign-posts that direct the viewer towards an authentication of something beyond the mere events themselves. In a sense, signs in the story strike at the heart of imagination. To “see” the meaning of a sign is to be able to imagine it and its implications.

The wedding at Cana also points readers to the signing scenario of turning water into wine. Jesus, so to speak, is signing in. In this first sign he gives his signature to the proceedings, but what’s in a signature? To sign is an act of commitment. It’s easier to break our word than to retract our signature. Signature is, as it were, often verified by an official who confirms that “yes, this is her/him” that is committing to this or that. Jesus’ signature—his signing into the world that is—offers light to humanity, which is groping around in darkness. Shockingly, the quality of the wine due to “signing” baffles the steward, who knows nothing of what has taken place behind the scene. What is clear to him is that this is not the traditional wedding procedure. He is thoroughly perplexed by the way things unfold. Serving the “good” wine last is a reversal of all the old ways of doing things, as Jesus signing in changes not only the water into wine, but the world. His signature is verified and attested to by the testimony of John who declares that the signature/sign is that of Jesus the Messiah. Imagine the good wine, a new world, and life, all “signing ins” by Jesus.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

The significance of evolution for Genesis 1-3.

P1000079Double Trouble - in the Garden of Genesis 2-3 and in the Garden of literal interpreters. How do you read the story? What’s going on here? Our new book, From Evolution to Eden suggests some new directions should be brought into play.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Musing – May 15

Height of irony? Many today are highly suspicious of human authority, yet even the most insecure and those lacking self-confidence seem to trust themselves.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


How, if at all, is it possible to reconcile current scientific data and biblical interpretation when it comes to understanding Genesis 1-3? P1000006

Our new book From Evolution to Eden takes this on and comes to surprising conclusions !


Monday, May 11, 2015

Reflection for the Week–May 11

Paul’s rhetoric of equality in 1 Corinthians 7 is astounding. Not only do the bodies of wives belong to their husbands, but the bodies of husbands belong to their wives. Marriage partners are not free to do what they please with their bodies. Spirituality is an earthly-bodily phenomenon. Liberty, asceticism, and idolatry are three false emblems of an overly already-focused spirituality that leads us astray. Misunderstandings abound today. Bodies are worshipped (idolatry), devalued (liberty), or seen as having nothing to do with the spiritual, which is entirely cut off from the physical world (asceticism). The body - both what it is and what it does are key parts of living spirituality.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Evolution & Christian Faith –

On Genesis 1-3. If you want to read something safe and traditional on this issue, Don’t ! read our new book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Musings–May 8

Just try and do ethics without imagination. My wager is it simply won’t be possible.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

“Hope for understanding Genesis 1-3”

Having problems making sense of Genesis 1-3? Who were Adam and Eve? What Garden? A talking Serpent?


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–May 6

A key part of the drama of the gospel narratives shows us that Jesus manifests himself as the sent One in the midst of the “actual” world in order to point people in the direction of a “possible” world that is so much more than the actual one. The actual and possible world connection and trajectory he makes and provides leads us into the “real” world, which can be grasped through imagination. When imagination is engaged, the beliefs and actions that pertain to the real world begin to come into focus and in so doing, offer us a choice as to how to live a transformed life.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Reflection for the Week - May 4

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.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Did anyone “fall” in Genesis 1-3?

One of the most significant questions being asked today about Genesis 1-3 is: Are Science & Theology to be understood as entirely distinct or fully related? We wager neither option is viable. Find out why and what we propose as a possible way forward in our new book From Evolution to Eden.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Musings - May 1

Even being suspicious of oneself about having the ability to believe in God is embedded in trusting this suspicion. If it turns out that we are such people of trust, which I believe is the case (we can’t escape trusting), I’d wager the question that has to be addressed is whether what and who we trust merits the designation “trustworthy.”