April 20, 2015

Reflection for the Week- April 20th, 2015

Ode to rediscovering the “lightness” of being> When searching for life in the midst of death, we sometimes have to turn to drama rather than reason. That is, an embrace of poetics, the vertical, the breaking of clock time dimensions, takes us beyond logic and science. This elevated reality connection – contact, can never be reduced to subjectivity or objectivity, though it concerns both, but implies a resilient commitment to action, reflection, wonder, and exploration that forges new perspectives, which compel us to continue the search in spite of paradox and discord, until we find.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 13, 2015

Reflection for the Week- April 13th, 2015

Current scientific understandings are raising serious questions for some traditional interpretations of Genesis 1-3. As a result, many people are turning away from the Christian faith. Biblical interpreters have to do a better job at putting science and the biblical text into dialogue, come what may. Credibility is crucial, especially in this “defining moment” for church and culture.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 06, 2015

Reflection for the Week- April 6th, 2015

It is crucial to first ask the “why” questions. Push them as far as we can. Study, wonder, and explore. But after our thoughtful investigations take us to the limit, we will sometimes still have no answers. When this happens, we want to shift the focus from “why” on to “how” to live in this world, notably as followers of the Crucified and Risen One. It is the “how” focus that overturns the “why” and becomes primary, while nevertheless the “why” questions remain; they fade into a secondary position.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 30, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 30th, 2015

The persistent voice telling us that we’re out of sync, not doing enough, not doing enough, all too easily slips into a mantra, whose continuity is hard to break. Being obsessed with false shame and guilt is a corrosive enterprise. These feelings, however, should not go unchecked. In calling them into question is important is to consider a trust and suspicion dialogue that will help us discern a truer picture of who we really are. The goal then is not to recover, but to embrace a new identity and new practices related to the gift of a gracious portrayal of ourselves from the Divine One.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 23, 2015

Reflection for the Week- March 23rd, 2015

Our question marks ??? in life will probably never entirely disappear. The persistent battles within ourselves about what is “real” are unlikely to diminish. Don’t worry. That’s ok. There is bound to be “more” to our stories and experiences than a concept of “proof” can bear. Demanding either a “yes” or a “no,” a complete resolution, tends to lead us astray from the crucial reality of trust. But, of course, what and who to trust has to have some criteria – lines of appeal – to merit our trust, otherwise it would be downright foolishness. None of us should buy into folly, yet we do want to admit that life is complex and therefore escapes our being able to put it into a neat and tidy little box that we slip into our pockets and call a done deal.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

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