Are all of our pics going to be of Ruby at the park? Quite possibly.
If you have not yet watched The Bible Project's video "Heaven and Earth," we super, highly, really, really encourage you to watch it. It so well articulates this idea; that God's space and our space coexist . . . that Heaven is not some far off distant land BUT rather is a "real-er" reality of what already is. After you watch it, go read The Great Divorce.
OKAY OKAY OKAY . . . . on to new stuff
N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope
Culture Making // Andy Crouch
Kingdom Calling // Amy Sherman (THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN BY A WOMEN! WHAT?!!??? WOMEN WRITE BOOKS ON THEOLOGY? WOMEN CAN WRITE BOOKS OTHER THAN DEVOTIONALS? CRAZY . . . . )
Creation Regained // Albert M. Wolters
"Maybe prayer is like garbage. I regard taking out the garbage as part of the daily tedium of life, and it is something I leave, whenever possible, for other household members to do. Of course, I am wrong. Taking out the garbage should be viewed as a daily sacrament, for garbage in itself is a sign of provision. Potato peelings, apple cores, and squash seeds are silent witnesses that our Father is still feeding us. So garbage is not a tedious detail but a divine blessing. We can miss that because it is so routine. I guess our problem is that we don’t think theologically about garbage.” - Dale Ralph Davis // Judges: Such a Great Salvation
Gregory Wolfe quotes Czeslaw Milosz in his book, Beauty Will Save The World. Below is part of Milosz' poem titled, "One More Day."
"A though the good is weak, beauty is very strong. Nonbeing sprawls, everywhere it turns into ash whole expanses of being. It masquerades in shapes and colors that imitate existence. And no one would know it, if they did not know that it was ugly. And when people cease to believe that there is good and evil Only beauty will call to them and save them So that they still know how to say: this is true and that is false."
OTHERS . . .