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June 24, 2013

Reflection for the Week- June 24th, 2013

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. Wisdom, without the illumination of the fear (awe, reverence) of the Lord, loses its way. 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. The fear (awe, reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This loaded saying targets a two-dimensional reality: wisdom as internal; focused on the individual, 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.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 17, 2013

Reflection for the Week- June 17th, 2013

God’s creational diffusion in humanity is a labor of love, which offers us at least three dimensions of who we are. We have been given the capacity to trust, desire, and imagine. These remarkable traits are all embedded in us. That is, we are trusting, desiring, and imagining beings at the outset, and each dimension is a complex part of our hard wiring. If this is the case, we cannot not choose whether to trust, desire, and imagine, since they are already there within us, yet we can choose who and what to trust, desire, and imagine. Sometimes our choices will get it right, though just as often we’ll get it wrong. When the latter takes place through being a self-determining or self-deceived self, we’re faced with the problem of brokenness and damaging ourselves or others. Thankfully, God’s salvific transmission in Christ offers us, where need be, a new way of choosing that leads to healing and redemption.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 10, 2013

Reflection for the Week- June 10th, 2013

God’s creational diffusion in humanity is a labor of love, which offers us at least three dimensions of who we are. We have been given the capacity to trust, desire, and imagine. These remarkable traits are all embedded in us. That is, we are trusting, desiring, and imagining beings at the outset, and each dimension is a complex part of our hard wiring. If this is the case, we cannot not choose whether to trust, desire, and imagine, since they are already there within us, yet we can choose who and what to trust, desire, and imagine. Sometimes our choices will get it right, though just as often we’ll get it wrong. When the latter takes place through being a self-determining or self-deceived self, we’re faced with the problem of brokenness and damaging ourselves or others. Thankfully, God’s salvific transmission in Christ offers us, where need be, a new way of choosing that leads to healing and redemption.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

June 03, 2013

Reflection for the Week- June 3rd, 2013

To hear and read the gospel of Mark is to enter a world. This story is one of conflict and drama, possession and dispossession, subversive reversals of perspective, intrigue, mystery, and strange riddles, with Jesus as its central protagonist. As we enter the story world, we hear and read of struggles over life and death, issues of God and Satan, activities of angels and demons. It is far from a simple or nice story, filled with easy answers or a basic list of rules to follow. Readers, in contrast, are challenged to participate in the story and to lose their lives for Jesus’ sake in order to find them. Mark’s story is presented as a contentful drama to be acted upon. As the world of self serving power, greed, and the addiction to material possessions is shattered, readers are invited to embrace another world that will lead them towards a transformation of being and doing..

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery