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October 27, 2014

Reflection for the Week- October 27th, 2014

A misrepresentation of selfhood sets off a chain reaction, which pushes us in the direction of seeing ourselves falsely. This type of seeing has grave consequences, but one of the particularly devastating ways it manifests itself is in a meritocracy. That is, setting up our own standards by which to measure ourselves happens all the time. This is just the norm for so many. But such standards can tend to put God in the wrong place, while they also falsify us. God’s standards are not our own. They come to us through creation, cross, and new creation, showing us that freedom is not us being at the center of our lives.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 20, 2014

Reflection for the Week- October 20th, 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 extraordinary possibility of integration, for us to be grafted into the revelatory story of God’s creation and redemptive outpouring of love in Christ, remains a marvel. Renewing people and the earth is part of God’s majestic destiny and fortunately we’re invited to participate in this adventure. 

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 13, 2014

Reflection for the Week- October 13th, 2014

The power of despair is highly significant and provocatively tempting. One of the realities we most desire – to be known – is what we tend to fear. Being known is a dangerous enterprise that challenges our control over ourselves and the other. The risk factor appears so momentous, we retreat and dare not expose who we are. De-relationship though brings us further and further into deception. This direction is often embraced because we assume it’s safer to be unrelated, than it is to connect with the other. Better to deprive ourselves, before we allow anyone else to do it to us. But this is one of the worst forms of attempting to be a self that will ever come across our paths, as it will only produce death. A turn towards an-other, however, while it will no doubt be a challenge, has the possibility of generating life, since life is deeply rooted in real relationships with all their perils and joys.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

October 06, 2014

Reflection for the Week- October 6th, 2014

The “how” of human agency in the context of “what is” has monumental significance. Here’s what I’m trying to get at. Let’s consider, for example, that meaningful relationships are a central part of being human. This amounts to the “what is.” But an essential element to consider carefully is “how” we engage relationally. To do so in a self-centered manner will result in self and other defamation, while acting in the realistic configuration of oneself as another will open up possibilities for a more appropriate “how” of relating in healthy and trustworthy ways. The implication of this focus on “how,” highlights the crucial perspective that the ‘guts’ of our relationships really do matter, if we are to be aligned with and tethered to “what is.”

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery