After finding great refreshment and refocusing for my Christmas Eve words through my “wordless Christmas” blogging, I am going to continuing my blog “word fast” until after epiphany. I have turned from images back to words, but they are still not mine. So for the next week, I’ll yield my space here in my blog to the teacher whose words made the most impact upon me during 2006.
During my three month sabbatical this past summer, I read almost all the books of N. T. Wright. I came back from my sabbatical more convinced than ever about the necessity of needing to re-proclaim the gospel for the world by reframing the gospel for the church in the more consistently biblical terminology of the Kingdom.
In the most recent issue of Christianity Today, Tim Stafford (a friend and fine writer who has written a really good book on Jesus after his own lengthy study of the writings of Wright) interviewed the good bishop and for the next week I’ll post some excerpts.
Next weekend, Beth and I are going away to celebrate our anniversary with a little trip. When I return I’ll begin a new series.
On deck for early 2007:
- What unbelievers seem to believe about the church. My Christmas conversations with a thoughtful agnostic and a clever cynic.
- How hospitality is making money by selling what the church is supposed to give for free.
- What does “on earth as it is in heaven” really mean?
Happy 2007. May God’s “Kingdom come and his will be done” at least a bit more in every corner of “earth as it is in heaven” in the coming year.
“There is an old evangelical saying, “If he’s not Lord of all, he’s not Lord at all.” That was always applied pietistically. I want to say the same thing but apply it to the world. We’re talking about Jesus as the Lord of the world—not the Lord of people’s private interiority only, but of what they do with their money, with their homes, with the wealth of nations and with the planet.”