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January 25, 2010

Reflection for the Week- January 26th 2010

Jesus redeems Israel from exile and thereby opens the way for all people to come into community with God. There is no longer a holy city, a sanctified place, or a Promised Land as Jesus de-centralizes and re-centers God’s righteousness in himself. All that had come previously is focused in and on him so that those who follow in his footsteps will inherit the blessings of love, liberty, and justice.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 18, 2010

Reflection for the Week- January 18th, 2010

We can easily wander away and lose patience with God. Deep renewal is crucial to pray for and to seek out during these times. Hearts, minds, and spirits are to be engaged and involved in a holistic manner if effective and realistic transformation is to take place. As we long and wait for the untranslatable splendor of face to face community with God, the lessons of time and patience will be of tremendous value.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 11, 2010

Reflection for the Week- January 11th, 2010

Jesus said, love your enemies. This remarkable command shows us something of what being a Christian is all about. While loving our enemies may not always be a possibility because of broken trust, abuse, betrayal, or oppression, a gracious extension of forgiveness is a necessary step. Love remains the target to aim for and then we must see how far we can come towards this in actuality. Love is to be a lens through which we act and through which we are seen and identified by others, including enemies.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 04, 2010

Reflection for the Week- January 4th, 2010

Covenant, which connotes YHWH’s love, liberation, and identification of a people to be in community with Him, is a central theological motif in both the OT and the New. Grace, love, law, and holiness find their place in this broader category of covenant. YHWH both establishes (unilateral) and cuts (bilateral) covenant, where each requires an action by the giver and yet a necessary response on the behalf of the receiver. In covenant reception we find community, a mandate, and a call, which includes to love, to listen, and to do. These are three astonishing characteristics that YHWH’s people are to engage in and act upon in order to stand out and be known as those who are marked by covenant and its vision for the redemption of the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery