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August 27, 2012

Reflection for the Week- August 27th, 2012

Breaking through the complex web of lies and distortions is a monumental task that may take someone years to accomplish. Surely, after many failed attempts to save one’s self, it becomes all too painfully clear that we mess up our own and the lives of others in the charade. But it may take time, so much time, to begin to admit and accept this truth. Somehow the false is a power structure that cycles and recycles through us again and again, leaving us debilitatingly safe, yet deceived. Self-deception is one of the major defeater’s that covers and closes us into a shroud of secrecy. Uncovering and openness, however, become the way ahead for a new depiction of being and doing, which are ultimately rooted in the reality that what we so desperately need is a redemption that comes to us as an invitation from the Sacred One.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

August 20, 2012

Reflection for the Week- August 20th, 2012

The patron saints of reductionism and polarization in contemporary Christian thought frequently dominate disputes over language, philosophy, theology, and interpretation. Let’s move in a different direction. We want to be part of communities that establish a space for dialogue, mediate one-sided extremes, and offer a hermeneutic of relation and distinction rooted in love, which depicts a new vision for engaging with these contested issues. It’s time to be challenging and insightful, opening up possibilities that invoke a perceptive wisdom going beyond modernist and postmodernist perspectives, affirming the tension-filled and organic character of Christian truth.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

August 13, 2012

Reflection for the Week- August 13th, 2012

Wisdom emerges in our lives slowly and sometimes painfully. It invites reflection, question, and struggle. It covers everything from advice on how to take care of daily tasks, to the absurdity of them all. For true wisdom relates to living spirituality as it deals with facing life in all its ups and downs. God graciously meets us through living, as we shape the contours of daily routines and choices, so that we might learn to wisely follow the path to life and goodness. The fear (awe, reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This saying targets a two-dimensional reality: wisdom as internal; focused on the individual who be’s and do’s, and as external; situated in a variety of social contexts in the world. Life is to be filled with the gift of the wisdom of God, which applies to the whole of human activity, as we forge ahead on the journey towards our destiny.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

August 06, 2012

Reflection for the Week- August 6th, 2012

Relational break ups and downs destroy both the strong and the weak. Devastating losses accumulate over the years and attempt to numb us and rip us apart. Left in bitterness and despair, we weep over what once was and what could have been, but now is not. This being driven to tears though, slices through to the core, and can open a space for hope. Yet, such a hope passes through a sharp knife that cuts the throat of the lamb, spilling blood everywhere over everyone, presenting us with the problematic of a choice.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery