Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Musings - September 29

As significant fresh work is done in various disciplines, including theology and science, evangelicals are going to have to realize that the Bible is not a book dropped from heaven that answers all our questions, nor is it an inerrant vehicle for a direct communication from God. I’d wager the real story is rather more complex and multi-layered than this. When the essential and challenging relevance of reading both the natural world and the biblical world informers is eventually accepted, evangelicals may begin to realize that their “whole notion of revelation” has to be exposed to new light with regard to what we can know and actually don’t know.    


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - September 28

Imagining Jesus walked around on dusty roads in Galilee and had encounters with Nicodemus in Jerusalem at night and the Samaritan woman in Sychar at noon is not the same as believing these actually took place. Imagining does not equate either unbelief or belief. When considering these orientations, therefore, we are indebted to other informers coming into play, which help us critique the imaginatively falser and affirm the imaginatively truer.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - September 27

The debate about God being influenced or affected by humanity is well-known today. My wager is that God is not changed by humanity, but that God communicatively acts out of a covenant trajectory for the whole world. This does not, on my account, mean that God does not relate to humanity contextually; God does, though God is not ultimately contextual. That is, God is already, within his covenantal being God, a God who has, is, and will take the context of humanity into consideration. God’s character and actions remain related and distinct, yet God comprises them both in being the mysterious One who is.  


Monday, September 25, 2017

Reflection for the Week - September 25

There is no worse testimony than when Christians miss defining moments in the history of the Christian faith. Too much gets trashed and the next generation spends most of its time digging its way out of the wreckage. I believe we are now facing a hugely significant issue that will mark the faith for years to come: the dialogue between current science and ancient theology. Unless we are willing to engage with new data and seriously consider our interpretations afresh, there is the danger of leaving behind us the powerful shadow of ignorance and arrogance.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Musings - September 8

A key part of the drama of the gospel narratives is that Jesus manifests himself as the sent One in the midst of the “actual” world in order to point people in the direction of a “possible” world that is so much more than the actual one. The actual and possible world connection and trajectory he provides leads us into the “real” world, which can only be grasped through imagination. Thus, when our imaginations are engaged by these stories and in dialogue with the rest of who we are, the beliefs and actions that pertain to this real world gradually come into focus and in so doing offer us an illuminating vision for beginning to live a transformed life.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - September 7

The notion of the supposed loss or partial loss of humans being “images of God” has had disastrous results for humanity, but especially for the weak, disabled, and impoverished, as well as for those with a skin color other than white, or for women. Approaches to God’s image have all too frequently been more connected to early church, Medieval, or Reformation ideas (of course the case for God too), than the biblical narrative. As far as I can tell from my contemporary standpoint, in that mega story, all humans were, are, and will continue to be “images of God,” and thus should be treated as such.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - September 6

Fallen leaves, so fragile, flutter in the breeze.
Their dance illuminates, amidst the torrent of death, as beauty fades away. Yet, caught in the throes of decay and winter light opens the possibility of an astonishing renewal, not beyond recognition, yet vague and visceral.
To await its coming requires patience; looking for change in the seemingly unchanging, and the disclosure of transforming being in speech and act.    


Monday, September 4, 2017

Reflection for the Week - September 4

We can often tend to put far too much weight on knowing and being a knower. While this is fitting to some degree, the over-emphasis is a major plague, and expresses itself in several ways including: reductionism, hiddenness, and falsification. Other perspectives are necessary. My proposal, for one of these, is that to have knowledge is to ‘be known.’ Being known carries significant power for knowing and therefore without this ‘knowness’ our knowledge will surely be greatly impoverished. The more one attempts to be a knower with a single focus trajectory of knowing, the further one is away from the actuality of knowledge.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Vive l'imagination

What’s your take on imagination? Do you see it as opening up creative possibilities or fraught with dangerous fantasies?

If you’re interested in how various poets, philosophers, and theologians over many centuries have pictured this mysterious, yet essential part of being human and what my assessment is, check out this new book, Living Imagination. Who am I and What is Real?