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April 30, 2012

Reflection for the Week- April 30th, 2012

Western culture is saturated with idols. In our context, there’s no need for pagan temples or shrines to promote idolatry. Money, possessions, sex, the human image, and so forth are constantly dangled before us with the persuasive message – “you and what you have is what it’s all about.” Idolatry may portray itself as subtle, but it has radical implications for what and who we worship and value. There’s no place for being naive on this subject. Be aware, cautious, and critical, as the asymmetry between the living God of Scripture as Creator of the world and lifeless idols couldn’t be more sweeping and thorough. The total incompatibility here is vast and unbridgeable, which should give rise to careful thought about the risk of losing the reality of who we are and the presence of the God to whom we belong.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 23, 2012

Reflection for the Week- April 23rd, 2012

As readers of the Genesis creation accounts today we must realize that we are foreigners to the text and its ancient Near Eastern context, which strikes as strange and unfamiliar, yet we are not excluded from engaging with its God, time, narration, and drama in a somewhat recognizable pattern. Refigured lives then become a real possibility for those readers who are grafted into the revelatory story of God’s sculpting in time, both through creation and the ever-present redemptive outpouring of love in Christ, which graciously offers us a place and a role on the stage of the cosmic drama still in progress. This poetic and theologically-loaded biblical world production not only includes a narrative concordance that supersedes discordance with respect to time or changing portraits of the actual world, but it also proclaims that life triumphs over death and will continue to do so throughout God’s ongoing story.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 16, 2012

Reflection for the Week- April 16th, 2012

God's way of reconciliation is configured in the death of the Crucified One, which results in not reckoning people's sins against them. God has done everything that there is to be done from his side in order for us to be reconciled. This "logos" of reconciliation has been downloaded into new covenant, which through God's initiation, is written on human hearts and not tablets of stone. But the absolutely massive context for all this is God’s reconciling the world to himself in Christ. God’s story is big – a mega-narrative going far beyond personal individualistic salvation, culminating in a new heaven and earth. If God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, we are to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, as those through whom God makes his appeal to others.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 09, 2012

Reflection for the Week- April 9th, 2012

Life often appears to be like a flickering candle flame, dancing in the textured and stark shadows of nightfall’s gentle breeze. In spite of our frailty, uncertain existence, and fear of being extinguished, the resurrection of Christ gives us great hope for victory over death. Practicing resurrection is being a new creation and embracing ordinary and everyday matters of humanness, while seeking to live a spiritual life aligned with our destiny.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 02, 2012

Reflection for the Week- April 2nd, 2012

The wisdom of God consists of God’s plans for the world, including the past (creation), the present (everyday life), and the future (new heaven and earth). The details of the present find their meaning in the whole, which unfolds as past and is projected as future. It’s not as if this wisdom for us can be put in a plastic container and stored away for safe keeping. Wisdom is too big and too explosive for that. First and foremost it is as treasure given to fragile human beings who are to pass it on in various ways. Thus, the wisdom of God can never remain a matter of simple reception or possession. It must be acted on and flow into all areas of life. No doubt this action will be, at times, challenging, difficult, and costly, as it was in the stories of our predecessors Job and Qohelet, but following wisdom will lead us onto the path of life and help keep our footsteps moving in the right direction.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery