Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 31

I’m becoming exceedingly suspicious of whether there is a link between Christian and spirituality – alas, so much talk and so little action. This rather large gap between words and deeds strikes me as problematic. True, no one’s perfect, but let’s not justify whatever we can get away with by that appeal. In engaging with those who call themselves Christians, some of us may all too often observe hollow and superficial ideologies and practical lives that fail to reflect the face of Christ. There’s also a lamentable lack of the reality of love, of authenticity, and the “real,” which become reasons for others to avoid all things and people labeled Christian. Not only do life’s important questions go unanswered, but the veracity of holistic, interactive, and interpretive living spirituality is acutely absent. In spite of this slow but sure death of “the Christian,” God is liberating people; thousands of them, who thirst for more.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 29

Biblical readers should take the time to be conversant with science and scientists should make an effort to be knowledgeable about the biblical story. True, one can’t be a specialist in everything, but there is no excuse for not seriously engaging with both informers. In fact a primary, though often unnoticed, link connects the two: imagination – vive l’imagination !


Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Musings - August 26

Finding our way along in this world is a complex endeavor. True, God is faithful, as promised, to set out direction, but leaves some important matters up to us. And that’s as it should be. Seems God wants us to learn, to achieve, to make good choices, and to grow in wisdom. Go for it!


A Hermeneutical Path for Genesis 1-3 and Science & Theology

Genesis 1-3 de–deifies creation as no other story of beginnings does. What is avant-garde and always will be about these stories is their relentless focus, not on the cosmic architecture of nature, but on relationality: God, humanity, and the world. This perspective provides us with both a meaningful structure for and a re-description of reality. If you’re interested in knowing more about all this, check out our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 24

There are three prevailing worldviews that tend to dominate the g-local context today. First, matter matters. This is the notion that all there is―is matter. Scientific hubris is attempting to capture what is, but in its reductionism and anti-theism is doomed to fail. Life is more important than matter. Second, money matters. Consumer strategies and corporate values teach us that all that’s real is―money. When money becomes a god in church, politics, economics, and society, everything is sacrificed on the altar of death and redemption is left in the ashes. People are more important than money. Third, power matters. Authoritarian governments cut down and shred responsibility or anything else that stands in their way. This shows that all that counts is―power. Explicit claims of dominance and acts of terror oppress and de-dignify an ethical imperative that is trampled by bullets and bombs. Love and justice are more important than power.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 22

The Genesis creation drama is transhistorical in that it has the capacity to break out of its immediate cultural context, without denying or effacing it, and to continue to show itself as a story that carries a temporal mark that is fitting for any time. The founding narrative in Genesis—this recounting of beginnings, sets out a theological, historiographical, and literary redescription of the world, which is related to and distinct from other ancient Near Eastern portrayals of creation, as well as contemporary forms of naturalism.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Evolution & Genesis

We’re grateful, that in spite of the controversial nature of evolution and Genesis, many have written to confirm that our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis is being well received. One reader says, “I wanted to let you know how helpful your writings have been for me, a geologist and only an amateur student of theology, in understanding how to approach the text of Genesis.” Our hope is that others will benefit from this book and find a better way to interpret and live in the Genesis stories and in the world, with confidence and humility.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - August 11 - les Alpes Suisse

Searching for better interpretations of God, the biblical text, the world, and ourselves is a life-long task and joy. The freedom to explore is not a drawback, but a marvel. This doesn’t mean that in and through our probing investigations, we stand or kneel nowhere. That is simply not a credible possibility. Taking a point of view as a conscious choice is both valid and instructive when based on interpretative sufficiency, though this is to be done within the ongoing tensional configuration of confidence and humility in dialogue.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 10

Forecasts of the demise of Christianity in the West are pervasive. There are many changes needed to correct this trajectory, but one important shift that is essential is for Christians to wake up to the importance of having a thoughtful faith. Thinking is not poison and ideas are essential to wrestle with in a credible manner, whether we are engaging another Christian or not. A respectful listening to and learning from others will enhance our integrity, while not necessarily meaning that we have to agree with conclusions that are not fitting with truth and love. Escapism and ignorance are not representative of the living God, who calls us to connect with the world and others, to participate in shining light into dark places, and to bring sufficient explanations into the theater of life and death.   


Monday, August 8, 2016

Reflection for the Week - August 8

When the scientific and theological communities attempt to avoid hermeneutics (interpretation) they are liable to make a mess of things. Those in either or both disciplines face the obligation to admit that they are interpreters of data and not merely assessing the bare facts. In spite of their incessant antagonism towards each other, these two communities are interdependent, and therefore need to be in dialogue in order to better understand God, the world, self, and other.