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November 29, 2010

Reflection for the Week- November 29th, 2010

Forging our way forward, following in the footsteps of Christ, is no simple task. We can be thankful that God has promised to be with us and that the Spirit is in our midst directing our pathways. Still, there is uncertainty and disorientation - these don’t disappear - but are salient reminders of what is real within the evolving process of transformation towards our ultimate destiny of imaging the crucified and risen One.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 22, 2010

Reflection for the Week- November 22nd, 2010

There is a place in living Christian spirituality for being responsible. God wants us to care for what has been given and to accomplish what we can in its midst. Don’t fear doing something well – to the best of your ability – as if God would somehow be against this. Go for it! And if you get there, forget about being arrogant, but by all means do enjoy the moment and appreciate God’s applause.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 15, 2010

Reflection for the Week- November 15th, 2010

Paul’s statement to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 12:3) that no one speaking by the Spirit of God can say, ‘Jesus is cursed,’ and no can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit, is radical stuff. True, in most situations today anyone can say what they will, but that’s not the point here. These early Christians, some who came out of pagan contexts, would have been politically cautious about calling anyone other than the Emperor, “Lord,” as may be the case in some political environments in the present.  The apostle wants to re-enforce that Spirit activities are not pagan communicative acts, but are to result in the proclamation that ‘Jesus is Lord’ in spite of Roman or Jewish claims otherwise. Furthermore, Paul is aiming to shift the focus onto the Lordship of Jesus and away from the Corinthian fascination with the manifestations of gifts. Even legitimate expressions of gifts may inadvertently direct attention away from their true aim or goal of being given in the first place.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 08, 2010

Reflection for the Week- November 8th, 2010

Sacrifices on the altars of resolution rob us of the sacred. Conversely, slices of tension permeate our space, provoking thought and raising questions. God has communicated sufficient information, but there is much that is open to discovery. Embrace the tension and wait for that day when we shall see face to face and know as we are known.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 01, 2010

Reflection for the Week- November 1st, 2010

The Western church has further impoverished itself by ignoring or excluding the artist, musician, and poet. These creative people have a whole lot to teach us about Christ, culture, and living spirituality. Let’s make every effort to invite and welcome these players into our communities and to open our horizons to their insights. We desperately need fresh perspectives that will enrich and illuminate the path ahead. Being closed minded is not a Christian virtue.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery