Monday, January 18, 2016
This book is a blend of anecdotes, stories, poems, and prayers that call us to reflection and redemptive action. Neither a boring sermon, nor a surface-level feel-good list of devotions, Gregory J. Laughery takes us on a journey through a constellation of thoughts and emotions including joy and sadness, trust and suspicion, courage and fear, love and justice. Living Spiritual Rhythms develops a picture of life lived in community with God and others, opening up new directions for Christian spirituality.
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In the light of the rising power of science to explain the world, rethinking our interpretations of Genesis 1-3 is a crucial enterprise today. Our new book, From Evolution to Eden, aims to promote a conversation at the highly provocative intersection of creation and evolution.
We all have blended lenses through which we see ourselves, others, God, and the world. Visions of the past, present and future have a jarring impact and frequently leave us caught in-between. Being left within this ‘discordant’ time warp is akin to looking at and into split frames. What we ‘see’ then is of a ‘fragmented’ character, which means we’ll need other resources, notably the biblical and natural world narrative informers, to assist us in seeing, though never seamlessly, in a more holistic and ‘concordant,’ manner. That is, having a better way of ‘seeing’ is not merely a matter of re-adjusting our focus, but of somehow learning ‘to be’ in ‘contact’ with the Divine One.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Rather than secondary, ornamental, or aesthetic renderings of the real; metaphor, symbol and story may be first order forms of discourse that need to be taken seriously as we seek to understand God, ourselves, and the world. Poetry, for example, may be a fuller expression of truth than mathematical formulations and imagination may prove a reliable guide to the real over the unreal.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Friendship should not be viewed as a relationship without challenges and conflicts. It’s how friends handle them that counts.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Misrecognizing that there will always be a relation and distinction between self and other leads to inappropriate ways of connecting that both demand too much, and expect too little. Self and other deserve to be ‘mutually recognized’ as having worth and value, which is to result in developing a finely tuned dialogical interaction between them. But when self or other is the sole referent for life or no referent at all – each becomes artificially constituted in a double misrecognition – neither should be perceived in such roles. Since it is always tempting to ignore the complex tension of relation and distinction it will be ‘hard work’ to avoid false characterizations of who we are and thus to reject the liabilities of forcing self to be other or other to be self. Yet, work it out we must, though as we do so let it be in a careful and compassionate manner, delicately balanced on the tight rope of trust and suspicion.