It pays subscribing to a newsletter through e-mail! I got two months free subscription to Scribd from a podcast newsletter I follow. Neat! So I’ll be reading short and light stuff. Any suggestions that you can give to me?
Anyways, here are my favorite quote from the new book, The Next Christian Faith: A Brief Sketch by Chris Kugler published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publisher. If you want to support the author, you can purchase the book by following this link.
“…a deep participation in God’s own divine life—the only place where true freedom exists—liberates us from ourselves and from our own grasping sense of freedom apart from God wherein we, for the first time and increasingly, discover new heights and depths and breadths of freedom.”
“The biggest challenge twenty-first century people will face when they attempt to inhabit a first-century Christian worldview is this: they’re fundamentally programmed not to understand it.”
“The Bible is a public document (documents, actually). It’s not, in other words, the private property of some esoteric religion. It’s a collection of public documents that, particularly in the case of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), purport to tell the truth about events which actually happened in space-and-time history. The Bible, therefore, does not take us away from history but, rather, to it.”
“Christianity’s perspective, it is impossible to have a proper worldview before and apart from the rescuing activity of God’s Spirit.”
“The Bible asks each of us, then: What kind of character are you going to be; what role are you going to play; based upon the story so far, where do you think this whole thing is headed and how are you going to ensure that it gets there?”
“Christianity itself is a worldview, a macro-story. It’s not, in other words, an abstract collection of moral and ethical advice that you might insert into a worldview that you got from somewhere else.”
“We are the people called to pray long and hard into God’s original intention for the universe; to worship long and hard into the one God’s self-revelation in and as Jesus; to orient ourselves within this big story; to imagine ahead to where God wants this whole thing to go; and, crucially, in our individual Christian communities and in our individual lives both to instantiate and to anticipate God’s new world, a world where heaven and earth are joined once and for all.”
“Words, ideas, concepts, and doctrines mean what they mean within controlling stories.”