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December 30, 2013

Reflection for the Week- December 30th, 2013

I hope the 50 or so Reflections of the Week and other posts in 2013 have been helpful, challenging, and spiritually illuminating. A special thanks to you all for taking time to ponder the thoughts expressed here and for your support of my work. Be blessed in Christ.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 23, 2013

Reflection for the Week- December 23rd, 2013

There is a broad plurality of recounting in the biblical text. The Torah, for example, expresses law as both the way of life and the road to death. The Gospels portray Jesus going to Jerusalem both once and many times. And in Acts, there are no less than three stories of Paul’s encounter with the Crucified and Risen One. Seems to me, we want to envision this sort of phenomena as a testimony to a variety of sub-plots that find their place in the over-arching plot of God being One God; the Creator, who is out to redeem Israel , humanity, and the world through the Messiah. Think of this rich relation and distinction between sub-plots and plot as something like a masterful symphony, where many musicians are coherently interpreting and playing different parts of the same piece of music in a majestic way.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 16, 2013

Reflection for the Week- December 16th, 2013

Many Christians today have given up on being part of the larger biblical story that flows through space and time. Creation, humanity, Israel , and the rescue plan for the world inaugurated by the Messiah, are too dense and complex. All that matters nowadays is the individual’s story with God. Not that this is irrelevant, but when it’s all reduced to me and God, the major plot and sub-plots of the narrative are woefully missing. Not only is such a view desacralizing, but it’s downright dehumanizing as well. Desacralizing because it gravely misunderstands who God is and dehumanizing because it misunderstands who humans are.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 09, 2013

Reflection for the Week- December 9th, 2013

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. From the New Revised: Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path. Now available on Amazon.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 02, 2013

Reflection for the Week- December 2nd, 2013

God's way of reconciliation is configured in the death of the Crucified One, which results in not reckoning people's sins against them. God has done everything that there is to be done from his side in order for us to be reconciled. This "logos" of reconciliation has been downloaded into new covenant, which through God's initiation, is written on human hearts and not tablets of stone. But the absolutely massive context for all this is God’s reconciling the world to himself in Christ. This is a big story – a mega-narrative going far beyond personal individualistic salvation, culminating in a new heaven and earth. And if God is reconciling the world to himself in Christ, we are to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, as those through whom God makes his appeal to others. Check out the New Revised: Living Spiritual Rhythms Book 1. Now available on Amazon.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery