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March 31, 2014

Reflection for the Week- March 31st, 2014

The Phenomenon of Quitting church is reaching epidemic proportions. Caught in the vice between those who exchange the gospel for a social code and those who market it as a consumer product, streams of people are flowing out of churches. From what I can tell, many of them long for God, love, truth, credibility, justice, and redemption, but are disappointed with what the church is offering. Bagels and coffee, and promises of health and wealth, are limited and breaking down. Thus, today’s pseudo–gospel is having less and less traction, and for this we should rejoice. Yet, the fallout is serious, in that the legitimate questions people are asking are not being addressed, nor are these folk being provided with a place to dwell, which has more to do with spirituality, than merely a geographical home. Rich and diverse gospel-centered communities are essential to the renewal of the faith and will contribute to the demise of what has been known as church for far too long.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 24, 2014

Reflection for the Week- March 24th, 2014

As readers of the scriptural story today we are foreigners to the text and its ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman context, yet we are not excluded from its time, narration, drama, and spherical refraction. The possibility remains for us to be grafted into the revelatory story of God’s creation and redemptive outpouring of love in Christ, which offers us a place on the stage of the cosmic drama of life. Renewing people and the earth is part of God’s majestic story. Fortunately, we’re invited to participate.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 17, 2014

Reflection for the Week- March 17th, 2014

Neuroscience is showing that we know more now, than ever before, about how much we don’t consciously know about what we do. This confirms that we are not in complete control of many dimensions of who we are or the world in which we live. We still, however, have a measure of sufficient knowledge and control, which enable us to continue to understand ourselves as making choices and having responsibilities.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 10, 2014

Reflection for the Week- March 10th, 2014

In Revelation 3:14-22, Christ wishes that the Christians in Laodicea were either hot or cold. It is often assumed that hot means ‘on fire for the Lord’ or a full commitment, while cold means, ‘no fire for the Lord’ or no commitment. If this is the case, the question we’re faced with is why Christ would approve of no commitment at all. That doesn’t make sense. Hot and cold, therefore, are not to be taken as positive and negative descriptions, but both are positive in regard to what the church’s actions should be. Steaming hot or refreshingly cold – either get a thumbs up. The real problem then is being lukewarm, which seems to identify all too many churches today. As the Laodicean church proclaimed to be rich, it was actually poor, which is very similar to our own times. We too need to learn that true riches are spiritual, not found in a glut of material possessions, but in Christ himself. If you’d be interested in reading more about this legendary recounting of the end of the world, check out my book Living Apocalypse.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

March 03, 2014

Reflection for the Week- March 3rd, 2014

“Brink of Disaster”
“Suicide Bombing”
“Terrorist attack”
“High Risk Clashes”
“Crimes Against Humanity”
“Vertiginous Debt”
“Starvation hits new record”
“Church to Build a Ten Million Dollar Bowling Alley for Members Only”  
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Dr. Gregory J. Laughery