Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 29

If you never felt you had ‘permission’ in church, at home, or in community, to ask questions about the biblical text or its interpretation, something is wrong. Get that. Something is wrong. No shaming tactics, guilt trips, or theological dogmatism, should put you off. You’re right to raise questions and look for responses where available, come what may. Let’s face it, sometimes there are no answers. We just don’t have enough information. So, go ahead. Question! Be curious. Explore. Certainty about the biblical text or its interpretations is not, as it’s often touted to be, a safe place, but a dangerously controlling and manipulative illusion.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Reflection for the Week - January 29

There are three prevailing worldviews that tend to dominate the g-local context today. First, matter matters. This is the notion that all there is―is matter. Scientific hubris is attempting to capture the totality of what is, but in its reductionism and anti-theism is doomed to fail. Life is more important than matter. Second, money matters. Consumer strategies and corporate values teach us that all that’s real is―money. When money becomes a god in church, politics, economics, and society, everything is sacrificed on the altar of death and redemption is left lying in the ashes of the meltdown. People are more important than money. Third, power matters. Cutting down and shredding responsibility or anything else that stands in the way means that all that counts is―power. Outrageous claims and acts of terror oppress and de-dignify an ethical imperative that is trampled by bullets and bombs. Love and justice are more important than power.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Identity, Imagination, and What is Real?

Plato and Aristotle had different views of identity, imagination, and what is real. Where are we today? And how should we reflect on these three significant topics for ourselves? If you’re interested in exploring this further, check out my new book Living Imagination.


Friday Musings - January 26

To not be resigned to death in the midst of chaos and uncertainty is a challenge and a destiny. Fighting against addiction and abuse - the injustices of tolerance – takes hard work and deep commitment. As life frays from the peaceful center to the edges of despair and back, death frequently looms large on the horizon of existence. It perversely seeks to convince us that this is the final space. Frantic attempts to escape from this lie only enslave us and lead to false release. By contrast, life, worn as it may be, is a hopeful adventure worth embracing.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - January 25

One of the salient features of the twenty-first century is that we are living in a post-trust culture. As I have recently mentioned, this means that our ability to trust institutions, governments, politicians, economics, and churches is coming to an end. Furthermore, the Christian faith in the West seems to be losing its traction, coherence, and credibility. The principles of marketing and consumerism in many churches are replacing the deep spiritual realities of truth, unity, and love, which are so essential in a world lost in propaganda and fraud. It seems to me, therefore, that this is a defining moment. We now find ourselves at a historic crossroads and where to go from here is a somewhat open question.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 24


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

These salient words from TS Eliot in the Four Quartets set the tone for this post. Poets, like Eliot, have ways with words that configure worlds and how we view them. Thus, they are creators of powerful images of innovation and impertinence, which careen off the walls of time and sweep over the landscape of life, calling us to re-envision where we started. Being engaged in the intricate and inquisitive art of exploration is a perpetual challenge, which comes to an end with a new perception of the beginning.