Monday, October 30, 2017

Reflection for the Week - October 30

In the late twentieth and early twenty-first century many Christians have moved in one of two directions: embracing absolute arrogance or humility. To be sure, both these points of view, in this form, are problematic, and it is somewhat bewildering that some Christians hold onto the ridiculous notion that they’re right about everything, or that no one’s right about anything. A better configuration would be something like this: Confidence without humility is arrogance and humility without confidence is relativism. These two are to be in tensional dialogue, disallowing any absolute form of one, or the other. This configuration is an expression of what I call ‘Living Spirituality' - tethered to dialogue, and dialogue shatters the monologue of absolutes.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Musings - October 27

The prominent view that to be free is to be alone is a destructive lie.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - October 26

Interpreting something does not make it what it is. The interpreter is always related to, but distinct from, the interpreted. This may seem mundane, but it’s explosive because it informs us about a crucial aspect of what humans and the world are like.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - October 25

I’d wager that for many the assumption that the Bible is completely authoritative is TOO big to fail. That is, for them to question biblical authority is totally inconceivable. Such avoidance, however, will thankfully be the downfall of the assumption, which has actually been at the root of dubious beliefs about God and Divine action for centuries.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Reflection for the Week - October 23

Facing the plight of indifference in church and culture, we need to make a concerted effort to embody the biblical mandate of living a greater consistency between our words and actions. This is crucial and hugely relevant, especially in today’s world of triviality. Words, words and more words go nowhere. It is loving and gracious words and actions together that count. Let’s seek to be places of refuge - shelters in the wilderness. Following the Christ into the power of transformation will open the way for this to begin to take place.


Amazing Alpine Autumn - Engadine Suisse

Exceptional weather 18-22C at 1,600-2,700M. Hiking in shorts and tees at this elevation and in October is remarkable.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Musings - October 13

Genesis 1-3 de–deifies nature and humanity, as no other story of beginnings does. What is avant-garde and always will be about these creation 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.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - October 12

Asking a multitude of questions about God’s specific action in the world

does not necessarily translate into unbelief that God exists.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 4 - October 11

Feelings and experience can often attempt to be our sole sources and criteria for assessing who we are and what the world is like. Someone says, “I feel like I have to accomplish something in order to be liked.” Why? “Because this has been my experience.” Another says, “I feel ashamed and have to hide my real self from others.” Why? “Because this has been my experience.” Both confirm, “this is who I am and the way the world works.” While feelings and experience are valid dimensions of being human, the question of whether or not we should trust or be suspicious of them cannot be solely based on feelings and experience. Why? In themselves they offer no valid way to discern if the perceptions of ourselves and the world are accurate. Unless we’re willing to go for the jugular and raise the difficult question of what is true, we will spin around in circles of the same, never having adequate criteria for being able to evaluate which feelings and experiences can be considered trustworthy and which suspicious. Once we begin to focus on this explosive question and start to answer it, trust and suspicion will function in better ways that will in turn lead to a truer view of ourselves and the world.   


Monday, October 9, 2017

Reflection for the Week - October 9

When it comes to the question of biblical authority, it’s fine to say that ‘Scripture interprets Scripture’, or the ‘voice’ of God is revealed in Scripture, or the Bible is the ‘final’ authority for theological assessment. Surely, these are valuable ways of speaking if one assumes that the Bible is authoritative. But none of these ‘speech acts’ in itself is an argument for establishing that authority. In effect, it seems likely, in my view, that the biblical text cannot be deemed ‘authoritative’ on its own. That is, the Bible has to be interpreted and then placed into a dialogue with other informers, notably the natural world, in order to assess its reliability or vulnerability with respect to its claims.