Finding shelter in our world from the vacuous and inconsequential is harder and harder to do; the rhythm of trite leaves us exposed to a devaluing of heart, mind, and imagination. Rapid-fire rhetoric captures the air waves and infiltrates our capacity to think clear and true thoughts that can be lived. In contrast to this woeful meltdown, the critical adventure remains an essential component to chasten naïveté and to promote the virtuous life of following in the footsteps of Christ. Engage, critique, embrace―the Infinite One, other, and world; the power of this trinity offers us a real, yet challenging haven of relationality; the space to dwell in oneself as another.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Deeply engraved with complexity and mysteriously forged by extravagance, the drama of the biblical and natural world informers presents significant challenges for readers, taking us to the limits of our imaginations. Pushing reality to the edges of perception raises questions and issues that mustn’t be ignored. To take each informer seriously means being open to learning and embracing truth wherever it is to be found.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
When it comes to reflecting on reality, having to choose between solely my perception of it or reality as it is on its own, are both problematic. The former is insufficient, while the latter is inaccessible. My perception is related to reality, but also distinct from it. One of the ways that I know this is because sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it wrong. I either correctly or erroneously interpret reality and each can have consequences. Surely, reality is more than merely an awareness of my valid or inaccurate interpretations, but it is not less.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“God sustains everything.” I hear this kind of bold statement often. I suppose those who use it assume that it protects God’s Godness. Yet, I’m uncomfortable with it and doubt if it really accomplishes what some suggest. For one thing, when I consider that the natural world seems to have always been filled with pathogens as part of the complexity of life, I think it rather unlikely that this sustaining everything God actually exists. It seems preferable to view God’s Godness along the lines of giving nature a degree of autonomy to develop as it will, but at the same time to envision that God is not held hostage by natural causality.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Forgiving others for the deep wounds they have caused in our lives is something that takes time to grow into. But recall that we are beings in time - we exist in and through past, present, and future. Thus, we should not expect instantaneous resolutions. God is patient with us, so let’s be patient with ourselves. Forgiving, then, may be a long process and hopefully it will be one that we are challenged to take more seriously as each day goes by.