Monday, June 11, 2018

Reflection for the Week - June 11

The sooner we realize that the idea of a human ‘fall’ some 6-7,000 years ago brought about death is an illusion, the closer we’ll be to a more accurate, though still mysterious, picture of the world.

When we look at billions of years of evolutionary history, it appears that at the outset there was life and death. Thus, death, I’d wager, has always been configured in life. This may have been the only way there could eventually be a present world like ours. Future transformation, however, suggests that in contrast to this there will be a refigured life – a forever life without death, and we’re left with imaginative possibilities of what that might look like.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - June 7

Celebrate! The most imaginative primate is you.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - June 6

Unfortunately, Christians often tend to embrace a vicious cycle of self-introspection that revolves around in a continual cadence of navel gazing, where they get lost in the circle of the same. Not that introspection is all bad, but when it’s all there is, it becomes highly dubious. The end result of this is being a self-centered self. Living spirituality, by contrast, leaves plenty of room for self-examination, but it would promote another notion of self: a transformed self. This self is in contact with and dependent on the Other and others, the biblical text, and the natural world, which in turn opens the possibility of learning more about being oneself as another.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Reflection for the Week - June 4

Christians devote a tremendous amount of time and energy attempting to exorcise tension. In my view, this is a utopian misinterpretation of living spirituality and not the direction God has for us. To be in tension is to be in-between. And being in-between corresponds to the theological marker of the Kingdom of God, to life in the world, and to who we are as humans. Don’t try to escape tension. Embrace it! And go from there.