Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 31

Biblical interpretation, in the best sense of the art and practice, has been rightly focused on God, the text, and the reader. Recently, culture has been fittingly added to this trio, but it seems to me that there is at least one other consideration that will help us better interpret the biblical story; and that is the natural world. If we leave out this feature, our interpretations will be less sufficient and perhaps even more wrongheaded than they would be otherwise.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Reflection for the Week - May 29

We live and die in the midst of brokenness and beauty. They both engage us deeply with an insightful truth: life is like this. Our world and our lives, as it were, are cut in two. This tension permeates creation and us as part of it. Looking outside and then inside reminds us that this is the way it is. Sometimes there’s lament and sometimes there’s praise, yet both are woven together. One never effaces the other. Faced with this reality, we long for transformation and the gift of resolution, where brokenness is absolved and beauty alone remains.  


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - May 25

No narrative is fully explanatory and totally complete. In this sense, metanarratives do not exist. Be they scientific, theological, or philosophical – all fall short of being able to give us that much sought after “meta” that constantly escapes our grasp. And it’s a good thing it does. To live spiritual lives in this regard means to embrace the “sufficiently given,” and to let go of the dreams and illusions of that which tempts us towards the more than is available for right now.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - May 24

Christology has spent so much time on whether and how the Christ is divine and/or human, obviously an important matter, that it has unfortunately often underplayed or at least not given enough attention to the cosmic Christ. A Christ without the cosmos is not the Christ of the biblical or natural world informers.


Monday, May 22, 2017

From the ruins of a six literal 24 hour day creation is born a new hermeneutical adventure.

Now that we have become more aware of ourselves as part of an emerging and evolving creation nested within a vast array of galaxies, our interpretations of early Genesis are going to have to interact with this data if we are to have a better understanding of God and human origins. Our book From Evolution to Eden proposes some fresh possibilities for your consideration. Check it out.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Musings - May 19

The reality of better or worse interpretations of texts, God, selves, others, and world will always be with us, but because truth and love matter, we should aim for the better.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Reflection for the Week - May 15

From Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 1 - p. 44

Tenacious obscurity sometimes plagues us and we’re unable to see as clearly as we would like. Groping around for illumination saturates our thoughts and feelings, and there are no easy answers to be found. We fear being excluded, alienated, and lost. Yet, living and working through the shadow of time is a continual and viable challenge, as we search for renewed light and embrace it as we are able.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Musings - May 12

I’d wager that Jesus would have died had he not been crucified.


From Evolution to Eden - May 12

“Early Genesis says…” doesn’t amount to much unless one can answer the underlying question: What kinds of texts are these anyway? We aim to respond to this query in From Evolution to Eden. Check it out. Available as an ebook too!