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May 25, 2009

Reflection of the Week- May 25th 2009

At this time of year, when we acknowledge and celebrate Jesus’ ascension and the day Pentecost, keep in mind that Jesus leaves the scene of this earth so that the Spirit can come and reside with us. This Spirit personal reality is unleashed on Pentecost in a fresh way, so that we too might come to know and be in community with God, through the Holy Spirit. Since God has made the ascended Jesus both Lord and Christ, being marked by the Spirit gives assurance that there is more to come as God will ultimately reveal himself to be God over all.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 18, 2009

Reflection of the Week- May 18th 2009

Indictments of the supposed guardians of orthodoxy proliferate throughout the Scriptures. Prophets are continually speaking God’s word to a faithless people who set aside his commands for their own benefit. Jesus is even more to the point with his sarcastic irony towards the religious elite of his day concerning the pretense of washing hands to be clean. Pseudo-orthodoxy called for ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus says this is an absurd charade because it leaves the heart uncleansed. Those today that wave the banner of “we’re orthodox and you’re not,” need to seriously consider where their hearts are, rather than inspecting the hands of everyone else.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 11, 2009

Reflection of the Week- May 11th 2009

Evading God’s ways for the sake of human traditions won’t do. Jesus takes a hard line on this sort of subterfuge, concerned about justice and doing well, as he is. There are subtle, yet radical ways we conservatively or liberally do what we please, instead of seeking God and his wisdom for how to live in this world. What God is after is our hearts, that is, us and all of us, not some external performance based on human ways, which belies the truth. We wrongly assume that giving God ourselves will come at great cost, but in reality the expense is hardly worth consideration.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 04, 2009

Reflection of the Week- May 4th 2009

As we move into this week towards Sunday and the fitting celebration of Mother’s day, let’s not forget how important Mother’s are. Bless them in their various walks of life and try to encourage and care for them in the ways they need.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery