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September 27, 2010

Reflection for the Week- September 27th, 2010

The way knowledge operates in our lives is often tricky. That is, some claim to not know much, but they have a trenchant critique of those around them who, in their eyes, do not measure up. Further, they sometimes assert exactly what God is doing in their own lives and in the world. Such contradictions show that those who say they know little is a foil for the manipulative power play of having a God like knowledge that is wielded like a sword and stabbed into the flesh of anyone willing to listen to the propaganda. Knowledge is important and we want to be as honest and theologically accurate as possible concerning what we know. When we are not, it can lead to serious misunderstandings of God, self, other, and world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 20, 2010

Reflection for the Week- September 20th, 2010

It may be relationally risky to follow in the footsteps of Christ. We pray, dear Lord, for strength, patience, and wisdom to stay on the path of truth and love, as we live as children of light in this world of darkness.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 13, 2010

Reflection for the Week- September 13th, 2010

We should outright repent for our inappropriate polarizations. Among the many that plague us, take the mind and heart dualism as an example. Some Christians say all that matters is the heart, while others focus solely on the mind. Yet, the developing of a Christian heart is as relevant as promoting a Christian mind. Gravitating towards God requires both, and a whole lot more – namely all of who we are.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

September 06, 2010

Reflection for the Week- September 6th, 2010

There are many forms of being self-centered, but I want to highlight two. We are probably all familiar with the first. A person who says, “I am proud, arrogant, and selfish,” we usually understand as self-centered and therefore unspiritual. The second, however, may be less evident. A person who says “I am nothing, a zero, and empty,” we should also understand as self-centered and unspiritual. Why? Capital ‘I’ is at the center of both! Humans are not capital “I’s” but creatures – images of God. We have a creational mandate from God to achieve and accomplish things, but not to think too highly of ourselves in doing so. This holds true for Christians. God wants us to be productive toward the other and in the world. When we are, we should notice that we are loving God, hence this will enhance spirituality. The arrogant and the nothings need to re-center the flow. Living a fine tension between confidence and humility in loving God is one of our spiritual callings that has unfortunately gone too far astray.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery