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March 26, 2012

Reflection for the Week- March 26th, 2012

We are increasingly facing uncertain times today. As natural disasters, financial chaos, and unprecedented tragedies proliferate, please pray for all those who are suffering. Pray that relief efforts would actually be able to get to the people in need and that the power and truth of the gospel forges its way into all the earth. Yet, remember that we have a significant part to play in God’s unfolding drama of his mission to humanity and the world. Seeing ourselves with others as part of this dramatic story is imaginative, challenging, and rich. May God help us to be presently living in the light of the return of Christ, so that our actions towards social, political, and ethical transformation will gain credibility, as we await the redeemer who will renew all things.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 19, 2012

Reflection for the Week- March 19th, 2012

Capital ‘I’, the attempt to be our own ultimate authority, is often thought to only be an expression of “I know it all.” But this is not true. The claim “I know nothing” is equally a declaration of capital ‘ I. ’ Let’s take another matter. Capital ‘I’ is not just “I’m the best” but also “I’m the worst” or “I’m important” but also ‘I’m worthless.” Christians are called to die to self, but the question remains, which self. Self-dying is a death to capital ‘I’, to a false self, not a denigrating of self, who is an image of God. What is essential is the continual giving up of the ways of self-mastery, self-authority, self-centeredness, and self-determination, rather than embracing how incredible or awful we think we are. There is only one you and that’s who God loves and wants to redeem from attempts to be capital ‘I’ in all its deceptive forms.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 12, 2012

Reflection for the Week- March 12th, 2012

Imaginative variations challenge us to be attuned to the poetry and art of life. In contrast to the pervasive and impoverished mantra of being uninterested in a disenchanted world, poetry and art raise the screen and open us up to the possibility of a re-enchantment. Ironically, or better perhaps strikingly, poetry and art dominate the landscape of the mega narrative of Scripture. The Bible is so full of art and poetry that the meaning of its words could never be contained in-between the covers of a book. The beautiful, yet fragile treasure of art and poetry, and their capacity for creativity and critique in describing God and the world, give us living formulations that re-ignite a sphere of the sacred and a space for the spiritual, which are all too often today buried under the technological evolution of a de-natured naturalism. Poetry and art take us far beyond passive contemplation of the pleasing and aim to fit us for faithful action and engagement with the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 05, 2012

Reflection for the Week- March 5th, 2012

Cherishing a moment in the mist filled gentle breeze refreshes and awakens the spirit to wisdom. Take the time to be swept away with the clouds, to ride on the stars, and to rise and set with the sun. The striking power and order of creation is so often missed today, as we distract ourselves to death with gadgets and gimmicks. Losing touch with the natural reality that surrounds us, intimidates us, and that allows us to carry on is sheer folly. The heart of wisdom beats in the Infinite One, who through it laid the foundations of the earth and set the heavens in place. Wisdom calls out - follow the path that leads to the tree of life – embrace it, as those who do are indeed fortunate.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery