Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - August 30

Instead of invoking mystery concerning God, the world, and humanity, we make up a story. In good human primate fashion we long for, even demand, clarity and explanation for life. Yet, even at the best of times, this escapes us, so story telling becomes a vehicle for diversion and catharsis, which appropriately takes the place of the frustration with the unknown.

But stories are stories, they are not to be proved or disproved in fact like fashion, though they can and sometimes should be believed or disbelieved, depending on their informative and illuminating caliber or the lack of it. Thus, while the biblical, natural world, and other stories may offer us directions and possibilities, trying to figure things out will still leave us with plenty of ambiguities. I’d wager that’s ok, and perhaps is the way it’s supposed to be.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 29

Metaphor, symbol, and story may be first order forms of discourse that need to be taken seriously when we seek to understand God, ourselves, and the world. Poetry, for example, may be a fuller expression of truth than literal formulations and imagination may prove a reliable guide to the real over the unreal.


Spirituality books

Faced with so many fake options and outlooks today, it’s hard to find realistic and true spiritual rhythms of life. The purpose of these books is to open up new horizons for living spirituality; for being in community with God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit, and for living this intimate and profound reality out into the world in redemptive and loving ways. Living Spiritual Rhythms has its focus on “living” as both verb and adjective. These rhythms, therefore, are living in the sense that they come out of my experience, and they are offered to you to be lived in a dynamic adventure that I hope resonates with your own spiritual journey. Keep in step with the Rhythms series. Your time will be well spent!
Volume 1 - Waiting for Light; Volume 2 - Seeking Light; Volume 3- Pursuing Light; Volume 4 - Exploring Light; Volume 5 - forthcoming


Monday, August 27, 2018

Reflection for the Week - August 27

A bounded or unquestionable theology is fast losing, as it should, believability. Many Christians may be open to engaging with cultural and philosophical ideas, but when it comes to theology, they shut down. If this doesn’t change, people will turn away. Thus, it is now more important than ever to recall that theology is not static and has to be in dialogue with other informers, if it is to maintain credibility in our times. As new information hits the universities and the streets, including the monumental immensity of the universe and the possibility that there’s more than one; DNA developments that seem to indicate more strongly than ever that humans evolved; neuroscience discoveries concerning how the human brain functions and some of the implications of that for selfhood and religious belief, we’re eventually going to see the unavoidable impact, and rightly so, on how we view God. There is far, far, more to learn about who this God character is, not least in the vast related and distinct mega stories of the natural world and the biblical text.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - August 23

The blows of counter theism expressed by the likes of Dawkins, Dennett, and others, while prolific and challenging, have not extinguished the light. And this is but one “sign of force” that continues to affirm the elasticity and resilience of the faith, which is able to absorb “counters” and to carry illumination to new levels.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 22

When our faith in God configuration is rigid and brittle, we’re going to be in for significant problems. As new ideas surface and gain traction, particularly with respect to the natural world informer, an inflexible paradigm will produce fear rather than engagement. Unbending formulations of God, self, other, and world are unsustainable. They will be credibly forced to make a hasty retreat in due honesty, as protecting and deferring play the role of a meta-narrative – a totalizing story that explains everything – which suddenly or gradually collapses and is shown up to be what it always was: an illusion. Christians don’t want to embrace illusions, but a real world that makes sense, on the levels that we can understand it. Thus, a flexible, more elastic perspective for faith in God is the way forward, since it’s open to fresh data and to refiguring a life-view.