Monday, February 29, 2016

Reflection for the Week - February 29

There is a high degree of inconsistency in the way many Christians view nature. When it comes to natural beauty, God is seen to be the marvelous Creator, but when it comes to evolution, nature somehow loses its voice to be able to “speak” of God at all. The former is convenient and supposedly bodes well for a “safe-keeping” of the doctrinal status quo, while the latter is full of challenges and theological implications that might cause us to have to modify or radically change some perspectives. For the sake of credibility, let’s be more consistent and open to new possibilities that nature offers for understanding more about God, ourselves, and the world.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Musings – February 26

Faith seeking understanding is often assumed to be “spiritual,” but I’d wager that unless it’s complemented by understanding seeking faith, it’s nothing of the sort. There are no longer any simple templates. Everything is complex, which means tension. And in light of a relentless complexity, we’d better get used to it.  


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Thoughts – February 25

I’d wager that 24 hour gas stations open at 3AM when my gas gauge is on empty are not the result of Divine action or answers to prayer.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - February 24

Not allowing contemporary culture to be the norm for Christian faith is essential, but recognizing that culture nevertheless does play a valid role in it, to some degree, is also imperative. This leaves us in the position, if we do not want to be ridiculously naïve or unwarrantedly suspicious, of having to work hard to understand where the advantages and disadvantages are to be found.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Reflection for the Week - February 22

To extract theology from nature is seen by some Christians as a taboo. But such a view is untenable. Extracting theology from nature, for the sake of credibility and regardless of where this takes us, is the inevitable outcome of the validity of the natural world informer. Christians who reject or ignore this will simply be doing worse theology.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Musings - February 19

One of the great travesties of evangelicalism is its inherent belief that God is always on the side of evangelicals. Persuasive as this may seem to some who don’t know better, this is probably closer to a form of idolatry, than it is to what’s true.