Monday, November 30, 2020

Reflection for the Week - November 30

Attempts to do theology without science are like trying to fly a kite without wind. As crucial as it is to read the early Genesis stories through ancient eyes, it is all the more essential to consider current scientific informers when it comes to drawing theological conclusions today. If you’re interested in these issues check out our book From Evolution to Eden.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 25

Metanarrative (a totalizing story that explains everything) is an illusion. Sliding scales of trust and suspicion therefore are unavoidable. We’re just those kinds of selves, who live in that kind of world.



Tuesday, November 24, 2020

New ebook.

Sex, celibacy, marriage, feminism, and equality are important realities and cutting edge issues today. If you’re interested in an in-depth attempt to discern what Saint Paul had to say on these topics, check out my new ebook: Living 1 Corinthians 7 with Saint Paul. Sex, Marriage, a Feminist Option, and the Rhetoric of Equality. Is Celibacy more Spiritual than Marriage?  

Living 1 Corinthians 7 with Saint Paul: Sex, Marriage, a Feminist Option and the Rhetoric of Equality. Is Celibacy more Spiritual than Marriage? by [Gregory Laughery]


Monday, November 23, 2020

Reflection for the Week - November 23

While the evolving picture of nature is looking highly likely, it’s also important to recognize that the more the biblical story advances, through surprising encounters, choices, and detours, the clearer it becomes that this too is an evolving narrative. Think of the way, for example, developing Israel emerges into the Messiah, how the Spirit in the gospel of John flourishes in Paul’s letters, and why the golden age in Jerusalem of Acts provokes a mission to the ends of the earth. The natural world and biblical text informers are related and distinct in telling a story – both evolve, yet with quite different characteristics and features.



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday Thoughts - November 19

I’ve heard it said, “Let’s not reflect on evolution.” Why? “This will create far too many questions about traditional interpretations of God and the biblical text. Just ignore it and leave it at that.” I’d wager that this mentality, frequently found in conservative Christian circles, is deplorable. In the light of our evolutionary history, the belief in the God of a literal Adam, Eve, and fall is increasingly problematic for numerous believers and having to hold to such perspectives as orthodoxy is presently leading many in the direction of deconversion. In spite of this, belief in another God and reconversion remains a viable and open possibility.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 18

A soft glow drifts over the open sky and points to the horizons of far off worlds. In these distant and mysterious lands, light is tethered to the gentle breeze that flows through the deep. This appears to be like a tender whisper from beyond the savage pulse of the long night of conflict and rage. There are no perfect depictions of illumination, or anything else for that matter. Given pictures are partially opaque, yet relevantly clear, as the insufficiency of this world morphs into possible worlds that present new ways of being, seeing, and living.



Monday, November 16, 2020

Reflection for the Week - November 16

I’d wager Catholic, Protestant, and other church denominations have often said way too much (arrogance) and offered way too little (impoverishment). A mass Exodus is taking place and it’s hard to say what’s next.



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday Thoughts - November 12

I’d wager there are at least two types of giving: obligation and desire. These are not mutually exclusive, but the latter is less duty orientated than the former. On the one hand, when we go to the store and buy something, we are obliged to give in order to receive – this is called exchange. On the other hand, when we desire to give, we do so without receiving – this is called gift. We can say, therefore, that there are two economies – the economy of exchange and the economy of gift. Life, in general, and relationships in particular, are a radical negotiation between the two.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Reflection for the Week - November 9

Relationships all too frequently come and go, but love is rare and tough in that its demands go beyond the momentary and casual. Love today has it all going against it; commitments, trust, fidelity, longevity, sacrifice, and risk, naming only a few of its infelicities. Yet, in spite of current cultural orientations towards the relationally trite and superficial, love is better by far.


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thursday Thoughts - November 5

The biblical text informer portrays that sin = human death, while it appears that the natural world informer depicts death as part of life – it has always been around. I’d wager that prior to human sin, death was a norm, as it still is today, but if that’s the case, it means we have to work out a biblical picture of the notion of death and the God who appears to endorse it, at least temporarily. We may not want to go here, but I think it’s worth reflecting on.



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 4

When it comes to reflecting on reality, having to choose between solely my perception of it or reality as it is on its own, are both problematic. The former is insufficient, while the latter is inaccessible. My perception is related to reality, but also distinct from it. One of the ways that I know this is because sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it wrong. I either correctly or erroneously interpret reality and each can have consequences. Surely, reality is more than merely an awareness of my valid or inaccurate interpretations, but it is not less.



Monday, November 2, 2020

Reflection for the Week - November 2

Theology is socio-culturally dependent, but God cannot be reduced to being solely the product of socio-cultural contexts. I’d wager the God of promise and transformation comes to humanity in and through these, but emerges from beyond them.