One of the shocking things that arises when discussing imagination with Christians is that they often see imagination as merely something to be avoided, or are almost oblivious of its existence all together. This perspective is not only unfortunate, but unrealistic and stifling. One-sided and false portrayals of imagination like these, I suggest, hold us captive. My wager is that when imagination is devalued or seldom noticed as a feature of being human, embodying a legitimate faith in God and experiencing living spirituality will be severely impoverished. Imagination plays a significant role in the knowledge of God, an engagement with the biblical text, and a perception of the natural world, which leads us towards the embrace of what is true.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Many Christians assume that their biblical text interpretations are definitive because a Spirit led criteria signifies to them that there is no way of measuring if one interpretation is better than another. These same believers are strongly against relativism, but unwittingly embrace it. To embrace, in any form, what you critique is foolhardy and careless. Leave it to Christians to do what they say you shouldn’t.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
I’d wager we all go through times of spiritual convalescence where we can start to renew our perspectives and explore possibilities of the “enough of belief.” For me, it’s not as if “enough” is a static level that I have to attain or reach, but it is better understood as a morphing from one enough to another via a lived life, albeit within the sphere of belief in God. I suggest taking it a day at a time. Embrace the tension – the ebb and flow – don’t expect it to be all sorted – it’s ok that it’s not. God understands and loves us as we walk on through our journey towards a fuller encounter with the Divine.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Growing numbers of Christians and non-Christians are bewildered by a sense of the inauthenticity and the lack of real and genuine love among us. The words fake, arrogant, and aloof all too often describe and characterize us, both inside and outside the Christian community. Believers become apathetic and cynical. They’re floundering and drifting. Unbelievers look and say, “Who cares?” There’s nothing different in the Christian community. These unbelieving observers then turn away and go about business as usual. And all the while we are consumed with constructing our Christian bowling alleys and health clubs, dogmatically privileging our doctrines over people, constructing our apologetics without love, and chasing after making more and more money. We are missing the mark of a Christian: failing to truly love others and to authentically care and act in Christ like ways. This, it must be said loud and clear, is deplorable.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
A Hermeneutical Path for Genesis 1-3 and Science & Theology
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 book, From Evolution to Eden, opens up new possibilities and offers a hermeneutical alternative to the fall of literal interpretation. Check it out.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
For the most part, the parables of Jesus are ordinary stories about fishing, sowing, receiving, finding, selling, and buying, among other things. There is nothing immediately unusual about these ordinary people and their ordinary situations, until the extraordinary; the Kingdom of God, is included in the picture. It is in this realization, that these apparent narratives of normalcy produce a shock, disorientation, and an upheaval, through an announcing that the time has come for a new vision of reality and of being in the world.