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December 29, 2014

Reflection for the Week- December 29th, 2014

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 only 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 tensional 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

Reflection for the Week- December 22nd, 2014

When we speak of a table in any language, we do not make it what it is. Whether we sit around it and eat and drink, or use it as a place to stack our books, we do not make it what it is. Even if we built the table, we do not make it what it is. This is because a table has an “isness” of its own as an object in the world. If this is the case and the case for reality more broadly, it would mean that we as subjects are interacting with objects that cannot be reduced to having their source and origin in us. The challenge today is to embrace that the subject and object are related and distinct, not just related. And this is monumental.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 15, 2014

Reflection for the Week- December 15th, 2014

A shattered naïveté will be difficult to rebuild. There’s no going back. Picking up the pieces is not a viable option, but that is as it should be. Even though it seems painful, we have to move ahead through breakdown and criticism to discover what has more credibility than what we previously believed. This will be a season of questioning, searching, and exploring new possibilities that over time will then begin to coalesce and form a web of interconnected subjectively objective truths, which offer a resilient elasticity that stretches, but will not break.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 08, 2014

Reflection for the Week- December 8th, 2014

The two great modes of narrative, fiction and history, can never be entirely synthesized. In fact, both the concordance and discordance between them becomes more recognizable when each mode is put in dialogue with the other. This connecting is precisely what allows their difference to appear. Unlike novelists, historians do aim to re-narrate the past and are therefore subject to what once was. Historians receive a past before they create a story, yet this does not give them access to the events themselves.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

December 01, 2014

Reflection for the Week- December 1st, 2014

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time These salient words from TS Eliot in the Four Quartets set the tone for this post. Poets, like Eliot, have ways with words that configure worlds and how we view them. Thus, they are creators of powerful images of innovation and impertinence, which careen off the walls of time and sweep over the landscape of life, calling us to re-envision where we started. Being engaged in the intricate and inquisitive art of exploration is a perpetual challenge, which comes to an end with a new perception of the beginning.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery