Category Archives: Eschatology

Sketches from tomorrow….

I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea. I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband. I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his...

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Nouwen – Remaining Faithful

“Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually things will get better; wars, hunger, poverty, oppression, and exploitation will vanish; and all people will live in harmony. Their lives and work are motivated by that expectation. When this does not happen in their lifetimes, they are often disillusioned and experience themselves as...

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Fulfilling a Mission

“When we live our lives as missions, we become aware that there is a home from where we are sent and to where we have to return. We start thinking about ourselves as people who are in a faraway country to bring a message or work on a project, but only for a certain amount...

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Living in the Story – Narrative and the Kingdom

Our two year old daughter Anna loves stories. She often asks me to tell her one. I’ve told her stories about all sorts of adventures, about fish named Nemo and Dory, mermaids named Ariel, and monsters named Sully. I’ve read to her from children’s books that teach her to count and I’ve read her bible...

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Billy Graham Special & some observations about the Gospel on TV and in our culture…

There was a Billy Graham special on NBC tonight that featured highlights from his 1975 crusade message.  Casting Crowns and Third Day gave performances. There were no commercials, just commercial-like slots with people sharing stories about their life changing experience with Jesus.  Stories about overcoming obstacles, addiction, accidents, depression, crisis and social pressures.  They were...

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NT Wright on Sharing the Gospel in a Postmodern World

JR Woodward has put me onto this great article/interview with NT Wright over at Christianity Today about sharing the Gospel in a Postmodern World.  Have a read, NT Wright is an outstanding scholar and a valuable voice for the deprivatization of faith to embody a holistic, rich, and Biblically sound vision for the Christian life.  In...

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Spiritual Formation and some convictions…

Today I was invited to give a presentation on my impressions of Spiritual Formation for a course on Piety & Practice through Carey College that is taught by Bob Roxburgh.  There were two of us presenting.  I presented in the morning on some of the theological and philosophical elements of SF that I’ve been wrestling...

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Best of 2006

As a relatively new blogger (since October), I feel it somewhat strange to publish my best of 2006 compilation of posts in my short life as a blogger.  However, I reckon since everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t I?  Nonetheless, these are the top six of 2006 in no particular order: Eschatology & Missional...

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Thoughts about Vision

Warning: longer post ahead… I’ll say upfront that this post is not about a vision statement; It’s not about the type of vision that defines a particular church; that says this is who we are and this is where we’re going, so why don’t you join us.  Although this has its place, here I want...

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Left Behind: when will it finally end???

When will the hyper-cataclysmic-dispensational-militaristic debacle called Left Behind finally end?  Apparently not yet.  Where’s the rile of Ratzinger when we need him to set straight the inaccuracies of such twisted eschatology?  The new game Left Behind: Eternal Forces has been released and it comes with it’s fair share of controversy…who’d uh thunk it?  "The game...

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Anticipating the Vision – Henri nouwen

"The marvelous vision of the peaceable Kingdom, in which all violence has been overcome and all men, women, and children live in loving unity with nature, calls for its realisation in our day-to-day lives. Instead of being an escapist dream, it challenges us to anticipate what it promises. Every time we forgive our neighbor, every...

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The Peaceable Kingdom – Henri Nouwen

"All of creation belongs together in the arms of its Creator. The final vision is that not only will all men and women recognize that they are brothers and sisters called to live in unity but all members of God’s creation will come together in complete harmony. Jesus the Christ came to realize that vision....

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When Living Missionally is no Fun

John Lunt over at In The Way has some great encouraging words for those seeking to live missionally.  I was put on this post by Rick at Blind Begger who continually stirs great conversation with his insightful posts about Missional Living. The reality is that living missionally is not the easy way, but the blessed...

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Jesus Camp

It appears that the recent release of the documentary, Jesus Camp, is causing quite the stir, not only for the apparent fundamentalism mixed with dangerous black and white militaristic politics it seems to convey at first glance.  It is based on a kids camp in Devil’s Lake in North Dakota that is militantly devoted to...

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Oh, what a feeling….

Well, I’ve managed to scrape together the pennies given to me for my birthday a few days back and just pulled the trigger on the purchase of some new books from Chapters.  Oh, what a feeling it is to click the "submit order" button with my mouse and seal the deal on a virtual transaction...

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