Sine, “Taking the Future Seriously”

August 18, 2008

I love what Sine says here about the call to take our global futures seriously: “For followers of Jesus, all these challenges are really opportunities to create imaginative responses that reflect something of God’s loving purposes for a people and a world” (133).  This is what gets me excited about new streams of life in the church.  Christianity may suddenly seem harder, less cool, more radical, dangerous even. And that can be a real turn-off for those whose lives maybe are already hard and uncool, or for those who are just not so committed.  But Sine turns it all around with a brilliant call for creativity in the church.  It’s not about doing the grossest, most out-of-your-ability job and slap a “for you Jesus” label on it.  It’s about doing whatever God is calling you to do with the gifts and abilities and creativity and innovation that he’s given you to work with, and in conjunction with that of the people you do Christian life with, your community.  It’s a chance to stir up that new life, not just in your community, but in yourself!

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