Monday, July 24, 2017

Reflection for the Week - July 24

Faithful biblical interpretation does not stop when the reader experiences the meaning of the text, but only when that experienced meaning is lived out towards the other and into the world. Once this action takes place there is then a retro movement back from other and world to the reader, who then re-engages and is re-engaged by the text, in order to prepare for a new encounter. Responsible interpretation means that readers must know what to do with meaning, since this is not information to be stored or defended as ideology or utopia, but it is to be lived in continual pursuit for optimal understanding.  


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brilliant expo - Martigny, Suisse


Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Musings - July 21

Proposing fresh interpretations of Genesis 1-3 in light of evolution should result in exploring new views of the authority of the biblical text.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - July 20

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.

False portrayals like this, 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. If imagination has no relevant significance for the knowledge of God, an engagement with the biblical text, and a perception of the natural world, we are failing to embrace what is true; knowledge, engagement, and perception are imagination dependent.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NEW Book - Living Imagination - now available as an ebook too!

When I was young I spent plenty of time imagining, as most of us do. We’re curious. We want to know what’s behind the clouds, under the ground, and why the world is like it is. Big questions are unavoidable, at least in our youth. But what happens? So often our curiosity and our tendency to question and imagine becomes immersed and sterilized in a vat of facts. We’re sealed off from imagining, as supposedly it has nothing valuable to contribute to understanding life. Answers to important questions start to rely on merely what we think and what we see and this, it is claimed, is all part of growing up. If that’s the case, may we remain forever young. Vive l’imagination!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Reflection for the Week - July 17

For a long time now I have struggled with questions of selfhood and identity. There has been so much blurring and blending edges together that viable relationality seems harder and harder to come by. Truth be told, this is my next big project after publishing, Living Imagination. My provisional thoughts are moving in this direction. I wager that at least four sources have to be in dialogue for a better picture of who a self is and what makes me who I am. First, a theological point of view is crucial. Acknowledging the problematic of trust and suspicion marks out the landscape and confirms that I need wisdom in discerning appropriate configurations. Second, my own perspective is indispensable. There is no legitimate way that I can remove or entirely ignore myself, as my view plays a role concerning whether I’m trustworthy or deceived. Envisioning myself in some way or another is part of being human. Third, the responsible other’s outlook is vital. People who know me have a say so as to who I am and can present a challenge to my own pretensions, be they positive or negative. Fourth, the natural world is essential. I can often take nature for granted, but when I do so and get it wrong, I usually end up having to comply. Nature is bigger than I am. When these four relationality ties interact, I should be able to start to formulate a healthier notion of selfhood and identity, which begins to make sense and thus becomes fitting for a truer embrace of who I am.    


Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Musings - July 14

Beyond the fleeting idolatrous deceptions of the totalizing metanarratives of absolutism and relativism, lies the steadfast sufficient meganarrative of the Crucified and Risen One.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - July 13

Images in words give wings to imagination.