Archive for March 10th, 2010

Mission of GOD – 7

Chris Wright now turns to GOD’s image bearers – us, and looks at what the Bible says about us and how that impacts on how we do mission.

To be human is to be the image of GOD.

Kind of powerful. And several books in itself.

To briefly summarise Wright covers 4 points

  1. All human beings are addressable by GOD
  2. All human beings are accountable to GOD
  3. All human beings have dignity and equality
  4. The biblical gospel fits all

my favourite quote was this, regarding the ethics of mission:

Anything that denies other human beings their dignity or fails to show respect, interest and informed understanding for all that they hold precious is actually a failure of love.

He goes on to cover how our image bearing status has a lot of important aspects in how we live.

  • we were commanded (as image-bearers) to rule over the earth – the other creatures were given no such command (they had no need of commands or instruction it seems). And in the context we are to exert this as a King not a tyrant over creation
  • we were created in relationship – the first not good of the Bible follows on from a long list of …and GOD saw that it was good… – and that not good was applied to the man’s state as being alone. This was not that he was emotionally and needed a companion – a merely emotional, psychological not good (though it includes that) – it is much more. The fact is that as bearers of GOD’s image we need to be in relationship as GOD is in the trinity, and with us. We are created relational because GOD is relational.

Wright goes on to cover the impact that sin has on us as GOD’s image bearers and uses HIV/AIDS as a paradigm of how we are broken and how the church should respond.

He closes he chapter with a review of the wisdom literature and the common place finding of doubt, questions and suffering. It is here, in the context of a people steeped in YHWH montheism and the law that we find people holding up what appear to be contradictory.

They contrast Deuteronomy 30:15-20 with with what seems quite clearly to not be the case. Often it appears that the wicked prosper and the innocent suffer. The wisdom literature is the Bible’s own candid and honest struggle with questions it cannot wholly answer – either within the limits of our own experience or even the limits of GOD’s revelation to us.

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My brother had a friend in 1997 who came back from America brandishing a copy of Crash and a few weeks later I was printing tabs off the internet and furiously trying to play the fiendishly impossible slides and hammer ons of So Much to Say. Me and Woodsy invented the word nequethiel to describe the mood of Two step. I played Crush very loudly the day I passed my driving test

I was a big Dave Matthews Band fan. Till Everyday and I kind of lost interest.

I am still not sure why they are so damn popular. Who would want to listen to obscure drum viruoso rhythms accompanied by violin and sax with a lead singer who looks like an Accountant (direct quote from wee Liz). It’s hardly “what the kids are listening to.”

So finally I got to see them last night. In the very neat and tidy but horribly sterile and commercialised O2 Arena. Incidentally I like the way they still call it The Point on the LUAS.

And they are as brilliant as they sound. The quality of the songs they’ve produced in recent years is far below the old days in my opinion but my those boys can play. Though maybe not dance.

Leroi Moore (the sax guy) died a couple of years ago and this coupled with the arrangements of the new songs appears to have left the wonderful Boyd Tinsley (violin) some what out in the cold. He spent most of the first half of the gig standing at the side of the stage holding his violin while being drowned out by an overly loud Tim Reynolds on electric.

Dave – I say this for your own good, Tim is great and all that but you don’t need him. Stick to the brass and violin, it kind of made you more interesting and less like a band led by an accountant. I’m just saying.

We left before the encore (just after All along the watchtower of course) so we didn’t get locked out of our car park. We missed two songs I’d never heard of. I’m not bothered.

So I’ve had my old Dave Matthews Band on repeat all morning. I’m not sold on the new stuff. If Dave goes back to writing Two Step again and I go back to being 16 then we’ll both be happier.


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