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November 26, 2012

Reflection for the Week- November 26th, 2012

A crucial theological question is central to spirituality. Our concern here is not with something that we feel or experience as “beyond” or “transcendent,” but with the issue of who is speaking and acting, who is calling, and who is addressing us. Of course, impersonal entities neither speak nor act, and if we have little or no accurate information about the referent of our spirituality, we should have some serious questions. A real and genuine spiritual connection, through the redemptive work of the crucified One to the personal God who is actually there, results in release from sin, a changed heart, and a transformed mind—life amidst the divine community. From Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 19, 2012

Reflection for the Week- November 19th, 2012

Christians all too often reject or ignore the material and physical, promoting a heaven like picture of reality that borders on idealism. Too much of an other worldly focus can lead to a denigration of our actions and relationships in this one. Surely, this is an inappropriate trajectory. Being re-directed towards what God has created and is out to renew will help us keep our feet on the ground and to be engaged with the matters at hand.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 12, 2012

Reflection for the Week- November 12th, 2012

God invites us out of the bomb shelter of safety and into the battle for life. Self protection, while appropriate in many circumstances, can be a one dimensional and destructive cycle that prevents us from encountering an-other. Depriving the other of oneself and guarding oneself from the other becomes deceptively secure within insecurity. Yep, secure in one’s own insecurity. Breaking down the walls of falsehood is a formidable task, but the call to relate and connect draws us into a world of reality, love, and truth that knows no end. Engage and choose life – it’s costly, but it’s worth it.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

November 05, 2012

Reflection for the Week- November 5th, 2012

The power of despair is highly significant and provocatively tempting. One of the realities we most desire – to be known – is what we tend to fear. Being known is a dangerous enterprise that challenges our control over ourselves and the other. The risk factor appears so momentous, we retreat and dare not expose who we are. De-relationship though brings us further and further into deception. This direction is often embraced because we assume it’s safer to be unrelated than it is to connect with the other. Better to deprive ourselves, before we allow anyone else to do it to us. But this is one of the worst forms of attempting to be a self that will ever come across our paths, as it will only produce death. A turn towards an-other, however, while it will no doubt be a challenge, has the possibility of generating life, since life is deeply rooted in real relationships with all their perils and joys.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery