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April 29, 2007

Reflection for the Week- April 29th

A crucial theological question is central to spirituality. Our concern here is not with something that we feel or experience as “beyond” or “transcendent,” but with the issue of who is speaking and acting, who is calling, and who is addressing us. Of course, impersonal entities neither speak nor act, and if we have little or no accurate information about the referent of our spirituality, we should have some serious questions. A real and genuine spiritual connection, through the redemptive work of the crucified One, to the personal God who is actually there beyond me, results in release from sin, a changed heart, and a transformed mind—life amidst the divine community.

From Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path.
by Dr Gregory J. Laughery

April 22, 2007

Reflection for the Week- April 22nd

A Christian view of spirituality affirms the truth that there is a creational spirituality. The created world is a world that we are to explore, care for, and sustain. Living and true spirituality does not reject the material world, but engages it in service of God. We are to participate in the world and contribute to bringing goodness to all areas of life. As God has not left creation or humans to desolation, decay, or ultimate death, neither should we consent to dying forms of spirituality that have no capacity to redeem the created.

From Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path. by Dr Gregory J. Laughery

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April 15, 2007

Reflection for the Week- April 15th

Words, words, and more than words. Being a follower of the crucified and risen One is not a word rehearsal, but a performance. Performing is deeply connected to knowing the script (Scripture) and to the direction (Spirit) of the cast. If we are to produce a stellar and faithful recounting of the story line, it is time to see ourselves in radically fresh ways. We are part of the theodrama – the troupe of performers who have a role in God’s mission to the world.

Dr Gregory J. Laughery

April 08, 2007

Reflection for the Week- April 8th

He is risen, indeed!


Dr Gregory J. Laughery

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photo by Michael D. Shivers


April 01, 2007

Reflection for the Week- April 1st

As Easter approaches and we prepare to be more intentionally immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ, may this remarkable event weigh heavily upon us in new and refreshing ways at this time of year. How grateful we are and hopefully growing more to be, that he inaugurated the Kingdom of God , brought Israel and us salvation, was victorious over death through the resurrection, and opened the way into deep and everlasting community with God. On this basis each of us can experience our own release from captivity in Egypt , our own exodus, which will take us through the Promised Land into a new heaven and earth.

Dr Gregory J. Laughery