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October 29, 2012

Reflection for the Week- October 29th, 2012

A Christian view of spirituality affirms the truth that there is a creational spirituality. That is, the created world is a world that we are to explore, care for, and sustain as stewards of what has been made. Living and true spirituality does not reject the material world, but engages it in service of God. We are, therefore, to imaginatively participate in the earthly and contribute to bringing goodness to all areas of life. As God has not left creation or humans to desolation, decay, or ultimate death, neither should we consent to dying forms of spirituality that have no capacity to redeem and renew the created.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 22, 2012

Reflection for the Week- October 22nd, 2012

The aim of the Christian life is not to spend enormous amounts of time and energy trying to figure out how and when God answers prayer, especially “for me,” but to love God, follow in the footsteps of Christ, love others, and to be and do this in the power of the Spirit. It seems likely that God responds to prayer in accordance with his Kingdom purposes – not offering parking places closer to the mall or providing special effects in the sky on an afternoon walk, especially “for me.” God, in my modest estimation, is not doing everything in micro-managing the world on my behalf, nor is God on stand-by doing nothing at all in response to prayer. If that’s the case, the line of Divine action is not fixed, but is a moving dynamic that has the capacity bring about God’s purposes through the very guts of the material world that God has caused to exist in the first place. How and when that happens, it seems, will remain a mystery that goes beyond human representation.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 15, 2012

Reflection for the Week- October 15th, 2012

Unfortunately, in our context today, the defense of the gospel all too often becomes a matter of self-interest, which is akin to defending one’s own position at all costs. In this scenario, there is little or no understanding of or openness to pertinent questions that may undermine what is so tenaciously held on to, and different interpretations of the biblical text and natural world are ignored or dismissed without serious consideration. Empty heads are assumed to equate full hearts, but in my assessment this configuration is more likely to be an “apologetics of the uninformed self,” which tends to hold sway in many evangelical type circles and amounts to the blind leading the blind. Challenge and engagement are the new directions for apologetics, as our credibility and integrity are on the line in a culture that is fast becoming post-Christian.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 08, 2012

Reflection for the Week- October 8th, 2012

The force of various biblical genres such as narrative, prophecy, letter, hymn, law, and wisdom is that each offers a unique way of perceiving God and reality, which in turn form a hermeneutic of ‘contact’ that names God, though not in a comprehensive manner. This intertextual ‘contact’ framing requires a dialogical orientation between one genre and another, while at the same time it presents significant, though worthwhile challenges to the formulation of an integrated perspective. ‘Contact’ opens up possibilities for a wide and imaginative trajectory of interpretation, as it turns out that God and reality are always more than any single textual representation can offer.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 01, 2012

Reflection for the Week- October 1st, 2012

Many chemical companies and drug manufacturers couldn’t give a rip about us. They’re in it, bottom line, for the money. The logic probably runs something like this. “We’ll make more millions by selling this crap before it’s found out to be toxic, than we’ll ever be fined for producing pollution, suffering, and death. Go for it.” Indeed, while this idol of wealth cunningly operates behind the closed doors of power and in the hidden halls of greed, we’re fed the worthless public rhetoric that a concern for humanity and for the environment are at the heart of corporate efforts to make the world a better place. Beware! Evil does not go unseen or unaccounted for.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery