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December 30, 2007

Reflection for the Week- December 30th

Happy New Year. In the year to come let’s remember this. When love has no basis or personal referent outside of ourselves—notably the Infinite One who is love—we are left to make it up as we go along. And as we attempt this, there will be serious consequences. Love, when not anchored in and referring to the personal God, has limited significance and meaning. Love is not whatever we make it to be. Idealism and utopias will be unsustainable, and a journey for the sake of the journey is a dead end – we need a destination and the loving God provides that for us in Christ

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 23, 2007

Reflection for the Week- December 23rd

May be boundless love of Christ be with us all, as we more intensely focus on the celebration of his birth during this time of year.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery 

December 16, 2007

Reflection for the Week- December 16th

Those who follow the crucified and risen One are to grow increasingly aware that love is engraved on them and it is etched into the depths of their souls. It should be the imprint that produces Christian unity and identifies us to the watching world. When people look at us, they are to see our love for each other and the unity that results from this.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 09, 2007

Reflection for the Week- December 9th

Deep spiritual renewal is necessary, even vital, if we are to reverse spiritual impoverishment today. There are no simple formulas, no superficial solutions. Through the power of the Spirit, an informed holistic, interactive, interpretive, theological, redemptive spirituality lived in community with God, with the map of Scripture in hand for the journey; renewal can begin to take place. Christ's love is to flow through us and then out of us to each other, our neighbors, our enemies, all people, and creation. Christian love in action is powerful and life-changing.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery  

 

December 02, 2007

Reflection for the Week- December 2nd

Paul’s rhetoric of equality in 1 Corinthians 7 is astounding. Not only do the bodies of wives belong to their husbands, but the bodies of husbands belong to their wives. Marriage partners are not free to do what they please with their bodies. Spirituality is an earthly-bodily phenomenon. Liberty , asceticism and idolatry are three false emblems of an overly already-focused spirituality that leads us astray. Misunderstandings abound today. Bodies are worshipped (idolatry), devalued (liberty), or seen as having nothing to do with the spiritual, which is entirely cut off from the physical world (asceticism). The body - both what it is and what it does are key parts of living spirituality.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery