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NT Wright On Emerging

I sincerely appreciate what he says at the end of the video.  Truly emerging means going through the shipwreck period that so many of us want to avoid. (ht)

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NT Wright The Boxer

NT Wright has a great right hook.  And it’s really deceptive coming from a guy who looks like he could be your uncle.  He said,

“Many people, faced with the challenge to work for God’s kingdom in the present, will at once object.  “Doesn’t that sound,” they ask, “as though you’re trying to build God’s kingdom by your own efforts?”  Well, if it does sound like that, I’m sorry.  It wasn’t meant like that.  Perhaps some further clarification is needed.

Let’s be quite clear on two points.  First, God’s builds God’s kingdom.  But God ordered his world in such a way that his own work within that world takes place not least through one of his creatures in particular, namely, the human beings who reflect his image.  That, I believe, is central to the notion of being made in God’s image.  God intends his wise, creative, loving presence and power to be reflected- imaged, if you like -into his world through his human creatures.  He has enlisted us to act as his stewards in the project of creation.  And, following the disaster of rebellion and corruption, he has built into the gospel message the fact that through the work of Jesus and the power of the Spirit, he equips humans to help in the work of getting the project back on track.  So the objection about us trying to build God’s kingdom by our own efforts, though it seems humble and pious, can actually be a way of hiding from responsibility, of keeping’s ones head well down when the boss is looking for volunteers. Not that one can go on eluding God’s call forever…but still. (From Surprised By Hope, p, 207)

Dooooooooh!  Someone is feeling it right below the rib cage on the left hand side.

And just when you think they’ve recovered he throws a left jab.  He said,

“The irony is that those American churches that protest most vocally against the teaching of Darwinism in their schools are often, in their public policies, supporting a kind of economic Darwinism, the survival of the fittest in the world markets and military power.”

Wright can mix it up people.

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I’m reading Surprised By Hope, by NT Wright. To be honest it is not the easiest read but it is good.

NT brings up a fascinating quirk in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.  Women were the first to see Jesus the morning of the resurrection. But Paul, in his account, almost glaringly leaves out the women.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

I could imagine Paul’s reasoning. NT comments extensively that women were not considered credible witnesses in the ancient world.  But Wright actualy suggests that this lends deep credibility to the stories in the Gospels BECAUSE the writers include the women’s accounts.

I’m wondering if Paul missed an opportunity here.

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This Present Hope

I’m reading Surprised By Hope, by NT Wright. So much of the Christian gospel has been focused on our future hope, or getting to heaven. And he alludes to a provocative question in the preface. He says,

“Most people – sadly, including many Christians- don’t expect Christians to have much to say about hope within the present world.”

So before I read it, I would ask, what is your present hope for today, for this minute?

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