Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday Thoughts – March 31

Part of getting older is becoming overly conscious of some things and relatively unconscious of others.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 30

Irony, parody, and satire are not less than rhetorical constructs, but they surely can be much more in that they are able to refer to arguments or counter arguments, and to stake or unstake claims, leaving the interpreter to decide which is which.

By the way, let’s all be good evangelicals and pray that God would stop the aging process in our lives and at the same time fill up our bank accounts. If enough of us do so, maybe it’ll happen.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Reflection for the Week - March 28

Many evangelicals claim that if you disagree with them and don’t hold to a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3, then you’re both a heretic and unspiritual. That very lapse of insight, however, shows that these people are actually further away from what’s true than closer to it. Though for believers in the tradition it’s hard to see this because they’ve been taught the evangelical illusion that if they’re not “in the fold,” God is against them. This is a tricky and highly manipulative maneuver; a stacked deck with which evangelicals assume they can never lose, but it invites suspicion, not trust. Beware.  


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cross country skiing - Les Alpes Suisse- March 26


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - March 24

On the one hand, the biblical text resists being collapsed into just another ANE or GR text, though it is one, and on the other, it is unable to attain the status of a pure revelation from God, however, it does reveal. Some of the biblical stories may be exaggerated or even outlandish, but there is still in the overarching mega story a testimony to God acts in time – something happened to produce the narrative recountings of such a common, yet remarkably unique character. This perspective invites us into tension, without guarantees.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 23

Not listening to and therefore silencing the other can take place at many levels; human, artistic, textual, to mention just a few. Being an open relator, viewer, reader, and hearer of the other’s voice, however, is expressed through a willingness to be caught up in dialogue. When we are engaged in this manner, it explodes hermeneutical monologues and sets us on the path towards finding oneself as another.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Adam & Eve?

One reviewer says this about From Evolution to Eden: “Thank you for writing this exciting new book which has brought me back to reading theology and given me much to think about!”

Was there a historical Adam & Eve? In the light of the scientific informer, which proposes evolution as the explanation for how life came about, there are no first humans in a garden paradise. To ignore this data in order to preserve a literalist reading of Genesis 1-3 is one of the gravest errors of our times. As a result, many have lost faith, while others are no longer even interested in it. Let’s take Science & Scripture seriously and move in better directions. Check out From Evolution to Eden, which aims to do exactly that.