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February 23, 2015

Reflection for the Week- February 23rd, 2015

For the narrator of the gospel of John, Jesus’ acts, in contrast to the other gospels which represent them as power manifestations, are frequently referred to as “signs.” That is, they are indicators or “sign-posts” that direct the reader towards an authentification of Jesus’ mission of revealing God on God’s behalf. Jesus, as it were, “signs in” as the Jewish Messiah, who in turn through “signing” becomes the Messiah of the world. Yet, in this story “signs” are never presented as ends in and of themselves. Physical sight or empirical investigation can too easily become “just one more time.” While the testimony to Jesus’ acts includes a dimension of sight verification; a witness to the “signed,” it still does not result in true vision. This appears to be case because the goal of the testimony is not to merely witness to the “signs” per se, but to “sign” people towards God and his Messiah, so that those who believe in him will actually “see.”

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 16, 2015

Reflection for the Week- February 17th, 2015

God’s forgiveness is unconditional, yet at the same time paradoxically conditional. That is, Christ’s work on the behalf of humanity is universal. It takes care of the totality of sin once and for all. There is not one single sin that stands outside his powerful blood to cleanse. While this wonderful truth is a done deal, it is crucial for each person, as the opportunity presents itself, to recognize, accept, and embrace this gracious invitation to be forgiven, and then to live out its implications for the past, present, and the future.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 09, 2015

Reflection for the Week- February 9th 2015

We don’t have to have everything as it should be before coming to God. Tidy up, get our house in order, insure that all is put in the right place. That’s just never going to happen to the extent we need it to. God is actually the One who, in Christ, removes the obstacles, roadblocks, and barriers that stand in the way, and then invites us onto the path of life. When we receive and accept this offer to come as we are; to step into community with God, we’re embarking on a long and transformative journey that knows no end.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

February 02, 2015

Reflection for the Week- February 2nd, 2015

The present day Exodus from churches continues at an unabated pace. The bail out rate from many of these is increasing as I write. European cathedrals and churches are already empty and this phenomena is spreading like wild fire in North America . When people experience a lack of love, hypocrisy, ignorance, and idolatry, then they will leave, since it appears that it makes no real difference whether they stand inside or outside a church. True, there are some good churches left, but there’s an even more than desperate need today for renewal from the bottom up, if the majority of churches are to survive.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery