Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - November 30

Attempts to do theology without science are like trying to fly a kite without wind. As crucial as it is to read the early Genesis stories through ancient eyes, it is all the more essential to consider current scientific informers when it comes to drawing theological conclusions today. If you’re interested in these issues check out our book From Evolution to Eden.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 29

Our destiny is moving towards a ‘transformed’ future, not a recovery of an illusory paradisiacal past. 


This means we are continuously finding our way along in the magnificent adventure of exploring and embracing the symbols, metaphors, and narratives about God and life in the cosmos.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Reflection for the Week - November 27

A recent read went something like this: Theologians must be cautious and humble – they are not the masters of theology – then, in the next line – who God is and what God has done stands independent of us.

The last part of this appears to undermine the first. That is, it sounds like taking back something that is supposed to be given away – mastery. I’d wager a better direction beckons. Instead of this categorical statement about the independence of the being and doing of God, it seems likely that there’s a mystery here that escapes dogmatic affirmations, since God ‘is and isn’t’ independent still has to be worked out in the arduous complexity of life and death.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 22

Encountering the infinite mystery of another human being is a sacramental invitation and a sacred adventure towards convergence.

This coming alongside or together phenomenon will take place at different levels of familiarity; it is never nothing or everything. That is, to be unaffected by or irredeemably lost in another is an expression of inappropriate selfhood. Unadulterated oneness is not desirable. We are always to be intensely touched by our engagements with the other, while remaining ourselves.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Reflection for the Week - November 19

Engaging a post-trust culture means meeting people where they are in their suspicions and re-directing them to an ontology of revised trust. Arrogant appeals made to institutions, politics, churches, or texts no longer has traction, whereas personal encounter and investment carry significant weight. Sacrificing time and energy should be a mark of Christian love and charity towards others. Hammering out together the validity, or lack thereof, concerning plausible explanations of reality has to take place one step at a time. There are no fast and easy solutions to complex issues. Starting with being human and living in the world is as good a place as any to begin the journey.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Musings - November 17

The hyper focus on reality today as merely material is reductionistic. Materialism is unable to give a sufficient explanation of several characteristics of life in the world, including justice and love.

When our human limitations are pushed to the boundaries of existence, we ought to confess that we need more than only a material world can offer. Reality, both beautiful and daunting, has a spiritual dimension that is akin to, yet goes beyond what we observe, reason through, feel, or experience.