Monday, December 23, 2019

Reflection for the Week - December 23

Questioning God’s existence is highly appropriate for beings like us.


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday Thoughts - December 19

Who am I? And why does time play such a complex role in trying to understand my identity? Not sure how to respond, but there’s this. Searching the vast caverns of memory, facing the overwhelming decisions of the moment, and contemplating the incalculable possibilities for the future places me in an evolutionary history - the concordance of a narrative time gives me a narrative identity. That helps. Stories emerge, merge, and surge in an intriguing manner so that within the drama of life there is a dynamically dense and reflective equilibrium.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Living Spiritual Rhythms - December 18

From the ruins of a six literal 24 hour day creation a new hermeneutical adventure is born.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Reflection for the Week - December 16

The eschatological plotline of the biblical narrative is deeply connected to our ability to imagine. God’s promised future can only be accessed through our imaginations, but this picture helps us live lives of imaginative faith, love, and hope in the present, where transformation and renewal are real possibilities to be embraced and embodied. Since we are tethered to the already and acquainted with the not yet, this gives us a new perspective for ‘seeing’ reality in a fuller, yet not complete way. While the parts and the whole imaginatively fit together, there is always more to be imagined and lived, as the relation and distinction between them will never entirely disappear.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday Thoughts - December 12

When our faith in God configuration is rigid and brittle, we’re going to have problems. As new ideas surface and gain traction, particularly with respect to the evolutionary natural world informer, an inflexible paradigm will produce fear rather than engagement. Dogmatic formulations of God, self, other, and world are unsustainable and will eventually collapse. Meta-narrative – a totalizing story that explains everything is an illusion. Christians don’t want to embrace illusions, but be open to a real world that may challenge us to revise our views and then to hold them with a spirit of flexibility and exploration.


From Evolution to Eden

Adam & Eve? Magic trees in a Garden? Talking serpents? If you’re looking for an alternative to YEC or other literal interpretations of Genesis 1-3, which takes the natural world informer seriously, check out our book From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis.