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May 28, 2012

Reflection for the Week- May 21st, 2012

Christians are taught to find themselves or to find God. This is an inadequate way of teaching what is true. In actuality, we have a deep need to find both God and ourselves. Questions about who I am and why I am should not and cannot be ignored, yet in order to discover answers to these important matters, we can only go so far without also asking who God is. Being attentive to finding both God and ourselves reaches a meeting point— a symbiotic configuration that has the capacity to and is a catalyst for putting each in its dynamically appropriate place.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 21, 2012

Reflection for the Week- May 21st, 2012

Quitting church is reaching epidemic proportions. Caught in the vice between those who exchange the gospel for a social code and those who market it as a consumer product, streams of people are flowing out of churches. From what I can tell many of them long for God, love, truth, credibility, justice, and redemption, but are disappointed with what the church is offering. Bagels and coffee, and promises of health and wealth are limited and breaking down. Thus, today’s pseudo–gospel is having less and less traction and for this we should rejoice. Yet, the fallout is serious, in that the legitimate questions people are asking are not being addressed, nor are these folk being provided with a place to dwell, which has more to do with living spirituality, than merely finding a geographical home. Rich and diverse gospel centered communities are essential to renew and redo the faith in what appears to be the demise of what has been known as church for all too long. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 14, 2012

Reflection for the Week- May 14th, 2012

Living spiritually is enhanced and enriched through the Psalms and their frequent affirmations of and appeals to God’s covenant loyalty. Many of these writings, however, may shock us with their realism. In the midst of our sometimes automatic pilot spirituality, where everything is supposedly bright and happy, some of the Psalms remind us that community with God and the path to life are far from straight forward. There is and will be brokenness, mystery, dark times, judgment, desperate searching, and much more. Though these circumstances frequently lead to illumination and new understanding, arriving there means going through—not taking a detour around—facets of spirituality that may not fit our desired schemes, notions, and expectations of God. The path may become difficult and the destination may seem far away, but God is faithful to lead us forward. The Psalms are a richly textured slice of life with God, and they offer us revelatory insights into humanness and living spirituality. From my Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 07, 2012

Reflection for the Week- May 7th, 2012

God has given us precious creational and salvific rhythms to live. Order and beauty shape and frame the world, while the death and resurrection of Christ extends reality and brings it into an entirely new dimension. These rhythms shake, rattle, and roll us off our seats and in so doing invite us to take part in the groove. Imagine dancing to God’s rhythms and learning to keep time with his beat. Join in the Divine concert. Get the rhythms, get the rhythms, get the rhythms and gooo! Get the rhythms, get the rhythms, get the rhythms and gooooo!

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery