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  1. Linn says:

    The article on “This Is My Broken Body” really moved me. This past week the sudden death from an unexpected cancer diagnosis of one of our classmates really shook up my 1975 graduating class. Although we are all 65 or almost that age (that would be me), we still see ourselves as young, with busy, meaningful lives. Many of us aren’t even retired yet (that would also be me), and we expect to get up most weekday mornings and head to work. 65 years is quite a lifespan, and although I hope for many years to come (and my doctor keeps pronouncing me healthy), I don’t want to forget that this life is not permanent. It’s the next life that is eternal. A failing body will keep me ever dependent on my Creator and the plans He has for me. It also helps me to focus on what is important, which usually is not what I consider important.

  2. Michael says:

    We’ll see if the covenants video gets taken down again…

  3. Pineapple Head says:

    What’s with the covenants video?

  4. Michael says:

    Reload…it’s up on my end

  5. Pineapple Head says:

    Oh no, I meant is there a problem with the video that it would be taken down. Technical issue? theological issue?

  6. Michael says:

    They took it down briefly…it’s very good.

  7. Pineapple Head says:

    We show Bible Project videos at our church all the time. In fact, we created our own VBS curriculum using some of their videos.

  8. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael,

    I read the first link. Interesting. I can see where you are coming from in many of your comments. Like many here, I was told that I was to witness to as many people as possible at all times, as opposed to doing something that had no eternal value, like planting a tree. I know there is some exaggeration there, but that is my background: Heaven is a destination after you die and has no connection with the present, don’t bother with things that have no eternal value, etc. Frankly, it is kind of a foreign view to me, but then again I am all for having my paradigm challenged.

  9. Michael says:

    Dan,

    The traditional view of heaven and the afterlife seemed to me to be as dull and banal as anything I ever heard and gave me no joy or desire to achieve that at all.

    The original kingdom mandate was to care for the earth and all that was in it…it was good.
    I think it’s still good…just in need for repair…

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks for the response Michael. I sometime wonder how much we believe in various traditions of the church is more influenced by some writings, like the writings of Dante, or even Tim LaHaye.

  11. Michael says:

    Dan,

    A great deal of it is traditional…and much of what is called “deconstruction” is simply a realization of that…

  12. Dan from Georgia says:

    Maybe that is a type of deconstruction that I am going through now!

  13. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I highly recommend reading N.T. Wrights works to assist that process…

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  15. bob1 says:

    My view of the “afterlife” was substantially altered after reading Wright’s “For All the Saints?” Probably similar in content to Surprised by Hope but much more condensed which works well for me.

  16. Muff Potter says:

    Michael wrote:
    “The traditional view of heaven and the afterlife seemed to me to be as dull and banal as anything I ever heard and gave me no joy or desire to achieve that at all.”

    I have no desire for streets of gold and jewel encrusted vistas in someplace other than this here and now.
    And yes you’re right Michael, it’s as banal as a TV commercial.
    Jewish thought makes much more sense to me:

    “We’re not in the business of getting to heaven. We’re in the business of bringing heaven down to earth.”

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