Monday, April 30, 2018

Reflection for the Week - April 30

When we start to ask questions about Divine action, it may rock our faith in the God we think we know. Some believers will not want to go here. But, I’d wager it is worth asking just what view of the natural world and God we have when we assume that God is clearing traffic jams to ensure we’ll make a flight for vacation. The old picture that God somehow reaches in from the outside to keep everything going or to act in particular ways should be carefully re-examined. Yes, I know. Exploring these types of issues will be difficult, yet in light of what we now are beginning to discover about how the world works, simplistic scenarios of Divine action are no longer viable, but have to be challenged.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Reflection for the Week - April 9

In our book From Evolution to Eden, we refer to the publicized image of “science as a candle in the dark.” We contend that, in some sense, this picture has a ring of truth. New research is uncovering interesting things about nature and humans as part of it - de-crypting DNA and now making tremendous progress in doing the same with the human brain are going to be monumental. Building off this, we get a better vision of what’s happening now. The “light” of the natural sciences can no longer be considered separately from that of the human sciences, including theology. To a greater and greater degree – they need to be in dialogue with each other. The days when the natural sciences were thought to be only about material, measurement, and mechanism are over. It’s not that natural science is not about those, but it is now about much more and because of this the human sciences have to pay attention (notice I didn’t write and agree with it all). Thus, let’s face it, some of our theology, for example, will have to be established from outside the biblical text. Once DNA and the brain took center stage, we entered new territory, which has serious implications for our understanding of God, spirituality, and the whole of life.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Musings - April 6

It’s almost as if the “poetic moment” is a suspension of time, in time. That is, this interruption allows for a spontaneity in the creative impulse to slash through the stark and monotonous ticking of the clock. The, aesthetically charged, then opens up imaginative possibilities for us to be in contact with that which is beyond, while we remain tethered to what is within. Fascinating !


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - April 5

The reduction-isms that permeate our culture and many academic disciplines has about as much to do with reality as a merry go round. Reducing God, humanity, and the world to the manageable, is a false target. An embrace of a more expansive picture that integrates imagination and mystery may, in truth, be closer to the mark concerning the real.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - April 4

Total self-independence or total God dependence are not realistic options for life. Totalities are just out of the question. We lack access. Rather, it seems to me that God challenges us to be “dependently independent.” This blended configuration has to be worked out, but it gives us an opportunity to be the “in tension” creatures we’re intended to be, instead of violating ourselves, others, or God through totalizing illusions. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New Book !

Reading the Gospel of Mark is a fascinating adventure, with the destiny of humanity hanging in the balance. Where’s it all going? In this narrative commentary, I wager

that to read and hear this story is to enter a possible world; a world of subversive reversals of perspective, intrigue, mystery, and strange riddles, with Jesus as its central protagonist. Far from a simple tale, filled with easy answers or a basic list of rules to follow, Mark’s story is explosive; combining exquisite literary creativity and formidable theological force. Readers are challenged to participate in the recounting and to lose their lives so that they, in turn, may find them. 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Reflection for the Week - April 2

Feelings are highly significant, though they are not decisive when it comes to knowledge. In order to assess whether feelings are trustworthy or deceptive, it is crucial that they be in dialogue with the rest of who we are, including reason and sense observation, so that we have a more holistic perspective. We should not stop, however, at interpersonal dialogue.

We are also obliged to interact with the other, the world, and the biblical text, if we are to have our feelings and the whole of our lives refigured, and to begin to know in the light of being known.