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July 28, 2014

Reflection for the Week- July 28th, 2014

Keep this quiet. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. There is often a shroud of secrecy in place when it comes to the problems, doubts, and questions that people have with their faith. These important issues, it is assumed, must be safely hidden away and never discussed with anyone. It is all okay – no worries, merely reinforces the fear of exposure. Myriads of Christians are caught in the shroud of secrecy. They’re deeply struggling with what they believe and are convinced they mustn’t say anything about it. But let’s face it, most of the time the shroud of secrecy is encouraged by pastors, churches, parents, and friends who won’t and don’t understand. One can’t tell them anything without facing a barrage of condemnation. Thus, trusting others is seen as fraught with danger. Sadly, keeping the secret becomes more important than keeping the faith.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

July 21, 2014

Reflection for the Week- July 21st, 2014

Many people, in what I will refer to as Generation L, are intoxicated with suspicion. They claim they are suspicious of everything. And why not? What’s worth trusting? After all, heroines and heroes have all but disappeared from the scene these days, except in fantasy stories. As that is the case, the L Generation may have something going for it. But I wonder if such elevated toxicity levels of suspicion could be a problem, since it seems that no one is entirely suspicious. Here’s why. Trust always precedes suspicion, thus suspicion presupposes trust because we all have to trust the accuracy of our suspicions, otherwise we wouldn’t have them.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

July 14, 2014

Reflection for the Week- July 14th, 2014

Indictments of the supposed guardians of orthodoxy proliferate throughout the Scriptures. Prophets are continually speaking God’s word to a faithless people who set aside his commands for their own benefit. Jesus is even more to the point with his sarcastic irony towards the religious elite of his day concerning the pretense of washing hands to be clean. Pseudo-orthodoxy called for ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus says this is an absurd charade because it leaves the heart uncleansed. Those today that wave the banner of “we’re orthodox and you’re not,” need to seriously consider where their hearts are, rather than inspecting the hands of everyone else.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

July 07, 2014

Reflection for the Week- July 7th, 2014

It is essential to develop lines of appeal to critique our self-deception or to affirm our trustworthiness. Depending on ourselves alone is likely to sow confusion. Thus we need help from other informers, including the biblical text, the spirit, and the natural world. When these three are in place as we seek to discover our direction, we’ll have more options to consider, which in turn will attune us to where we are and where we should go.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery