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January 27, 2014

Reflection for the Week- January 27th, 2014

To struggle with objectivity in the interpretation of texts, art, and relationships is a welcome and challenging task. Where to pull back and where to let go is rarely black and white. Since objectivity is never total, this signifies that we’ll have to wrestle with greater and lesser degrees of it in various contexts. Think about it like this, although there are several ways this plays out in life: Inappropriate objectivity would be taking so great a degree of distance from the other that there’s no risk of being touched. Appropriate objectivity lessens the degree of distance and allows for transparency and exposure to gradually unfold, albeit with caution. Learning how to negotiate our way through the labyrinth of otherness is a fitting enterprise for who we are and what we do. Too much or too little objectivity will have the tendency to deaden meaning and truth, which are both central to healthy interactions with the other.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 20, 2014

Reflection for the Week- January 20th, 2014

The issues of science and theology, trust and suspicion, interpretation, art, and objectivity and subjectivity, along with others, merit hard and careful thought. If Christians are to continue on the road towards credibility, there is a vital need to face the many challenges ahead. In order to participate in the hope of renewing a thirst for the living God and a living spirituality that touches the whole of life, Christians must not only track their culture, but also trace it. This means it is essential to be aware of the personal and cultural impact of ideas, and to leave, through an involvement with people, a Christian imprint. My hope is that such efforts, dedicated to God and the Christian community, will dare others to take notice that the God of Scripture is there and that Christianity is true.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 13, 2014

Reflection for the Week- January 13th, 2014

Biblical interpretation often revolves around in a diametrically opposed fashion that goes something like this. All meaning is authorial meaning or all meaning is readerly meaning. Those who embrace the former, argue for an objective and universal validity view. Others, who hold to the latter, prefer a subjective anything goes perspective. These evident polarizations remove the need for negotiation, which recognizes that meaning is a reproductive and productive orchestration between author and reader. That is, interpretation brings about a co-creation of meaning, where a reader’s dialogue with the author is not abolished, but complicated. This signifies that the literary “what said” of an author may be complex, but it nevertheless is a crucial part of the interpretive process through which a reader becomes a better co-creator of meaning.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 06, 2014

Reflection for the Week- January 6th, 2014

Being and becoming a follower of the Messiah, according to Mark 8, is to deny self and take up a cross. This does not mean to be a zero, nobody, or nothing, but to set aside self-centered interests, especially with regard to our own messianic ideologies. To do so is cross taking and following Jesus. Self-denial then is denying a particular self – a self-consumed self, a self-sufficient self, a selfish self, which all amount to a false self. Not sure there is anything more radical than this. Breathtaking! Appropriate self-denial makes sense and has the ring of truth, as opposed to the deception that we so often see in the contemporary context, which suggests that a total refusal of self is necessary for Messiah following. On the contrary, God actually wants truer selves to show up and be accounted for.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery