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January 31, 2011

Reflection for the Week- January 31st, 2011

He who was seated on the throne says, “I am making everything new.” In renewal, we are not offered an escape, but an engagement with heaven and earth—the material world where matter and spirit will meet in visible ways. We need to recall and re-affirm that there is already a present aspect of this newness in our lives as Christians. If we are in Christ, we are new creations. However, notice that God’s salvific activity includes the political, social, economic, and the creation itself. John is instructed to write this down as it is trustworthy and true (Revelation 21:5).

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 24, 2011

Reflection for the Week- January 24th, 2011

When our worldview assumes that everything is headed for destruction we tend to reject the worth and value of God’s creation. It becomes misused and misunderstood, depleted, and torn apart. All manners of disfiguration blot out creation’s capacity to praise God. Some Christians believe that destruction is God’s way with the created, so what does it matter? Go ahead and let it go. It’s all headed for the flames anyway. Yet, this is not the case, for the intensity of redemption burns into transformation already now and then ultimately at the end of the age. In this way, creation will be enabled to give praise to the Infinite personal One who created it, attaining its final and glorious destiny. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 17, 2011

Reflection for the Week- January 17th, 2011

The threat of becoming part of the machine is ever growing. A fierce battle of realities invades our daily lives, as we are lured into a mechanistic world of our own making. Facing this powerful force of de-humanization and fabrication, and standing against it is a biblical virtue. The lost relation and distinction between Creator and creature has to be recovered, and lived in imaginative ways that underscore the value of humanity and the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 10, 2011

Reflection for the Week- January 10th, 2011

We are on the way to becoming fully sanctified—imaging Christ through the power of the Spirit. As we move in this direction, we will find ourselves attaining different degrees of this ultimate destiny. When it comes to sanctification, some of us will be living sanctified lives in lesser degrees, while others are living sanctified lives in greater degrees, and this may fluctuate in different areas. Yet, no one is ever completely sanctified in this life. That awaits a future reality. There’s always room to move ahead toward the goal of more faithfully imaging Christ.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 03, 2011

Reflection for the Week- January 3rd, 2011

This visceral longing to be cleansed from our own faults, those perpetrated by others against us, and the burdens of the world, leaves us in a state of searching for redemption. These deep etchings scratched into our flesh are like a flow chart leading directly to our battered hearts. Living this way takes its toll. The challenge before us is to continue the dialogue between the “in spite of” and the “because of” that concerns all of reality and truth. We are followers of the Crucified and Risen One, who are suffering, yet committed to a journey of renewal.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery