Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - March 29

Deeply engraved with complexity and mysteriously forged by extravagance, the drama of the biblical and natural world informers presents significant challenges for readers, taking us to the limits of our imaginations. Pushing reality to the edges of perception raises questions and issues that mustn’t be ignored. To take each informer seriously means being open to learning and embracing truth wherever it is to be found.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 28

Leaving our biblical text readings unchallenged in Christian communities and churches means that we may be failing to recognize the deceptive power of our proof-texting preconceptions to control and tame the text. Our readings too frequently fall into the category of an appeal to Scripture, but lack the essential component of being addressed by it. Tendencies to self-deception and making it up as we go along run unchecked, and often promote sinful ways and practices. Unless this changes, it’s unlikely that Christians will be awakened from a comfortable slumber.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Reflection for the Week - March 26

Let there be light. Graphic portrayals of light are overwhelming. The inability to take in all of what is there enables us to remember that we’re finite. This truth shines into our very existence; yet fading memory continues to entice us to reach for autonomy.

Paying attention to our limitedness, rather, should be understood to somehow give us our deep significance. In contrast to the darkness of solely self-reliance and self-determination – the aim to be capital “I”, so propagated in Western culture, we need to recognize, perhaps again and again, that it is the Infinite One who tells the story of light and darkness.


Transdisciplinary Directions - March 26

Trans-disciplinary trajectories, where the disciplines don’t merely critique, but mutually enrich each other, are the wave of the future for credible academic work. Thus, theology and science can no longer ignore each other. Humanity is not less than material, but more, and both disciplines are beginning to acknowledge those aspects of our evolutionary history.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - March 22

Today’s composers compose their music in the shadow of Bach and Beethoven, Mozart and Handel and other musicians. This notion of inheriting ideas, forms of life, and structures of composition ought to be a continual reminder that we’re not the first people on the planet to make music. Similarly, to reflect on justice it is crucial to realize that we develop our views in the shadow of Locke, Hume, Kant and other thinkers who still have a tremendous impact and influence on our perspectives today. Theories of justice, therefore, are like texts under negotiation. They require a serious consideration of the points of view of our predecessors, along with a give and take connected to a desire for a better interpretation of what would be just for the sake of all concerned. No easy task, but nevertheless one that is worthwhile. Questions of human dignity, human responsibility, and human freedom implore us to work hard for and to be committed to deliberating and debating about what justice is.