This has been a difficult little article series for me to write because it’s stretched me so much. These are big concepts, and the implications of chasing them out are big. Though the writing hasn’t come easy, part 3 has finally arrived. [See Part 1 and Part 2]. So far I’ve given sort of a thumbnail proposal about how we ought to look at the pictures we find in Genesis 1-2 and in Revelation 21-22 (the first two and last two chapters of the Bible, the story of the world). It’s a difficult endeavor to imagine a world which depended upon sinless people to tend and care for it. And imagining a re-created world surging with the glory of God which affords redeemed humanity the dignity of a purposeful, active eternity is even more difficult. Continue reading
On either side of the river is the tree of life … and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
In part 1 of The Project, I looked at the “project-ness” of Creation, the somewhat alarming notion that the world was meant to go somewhere before the Fall. God made a world full of potential – a transitory kosmos full of exploding stars and volatile elements, untamed earth and nameless creatures. He set capable stewards in a sacred turf with the charge to master it and then expand. Imagine where that could have gone. But the stewards strayed from their glorious task and onto the path of “Self Divorced from God.” That path has thenceforth fractured humanity, taking what was the noble man and yielding, as one author put it, “two pitiable horrors, a corpse and a ghost.” Continue reading
This is the most paramount time in the liturgical calendar. The season of Lent has led us to Holy Week. Holy Week has overlapped our time with Jesus’ last week of ministry in Jerusalem, bringing us to the night he broke bread, washed feet, and was betrayed, and finally to Friday, the day he was murdered. In order to make present the day, events, and sorrow of Jesus’ execution, Trinity held a Good Friday service with somber songs and scripture readings yesterday. The focal scripture was from the book St. John wrote. His account shows us not only specific events in a place and a time, but also the fulfillment of a story that began…in the beginning. Continue reading