It’s been a fairly busy week here at Casa Cole, wrapping up summer vacation and getting ready for back-to-school, and visiting with my mom who is in hospital for a not-life-threatening-but-kind-of-tricky surgery which fortunately went quite smoothly. I’ve been meaning to post a couple of new book reviews, but I may not get to that till the weekend. Having shared my thoughts on parenting and punctuation earlier this week, I’m out of brilliant new blog ideas. But for those of you following the Bloggin’ the 28 series, I do have two new links for you:
Monte Sahlin at Faith in Context writes about The New Earth:
Much of conservative Protestant/Evangelical theology focuses almost entirely on the individual’s personal relationship with God and the hereafter. The most important thing in this approach to Christian faith is to be “saved,” meaning to be with God in some ethereal sense in the hereafter. The risk, to quote my dad, is a religion that “is so heavenly-minded as to be no earthly good.” It revolves around a profound disconnect between the known and knowable world and the world in which God lives. The spiritual sphere is separated from the real world we all experience….
Adventist faith is different from this dominant theology in a very significant way. Adventist faith takes seriously Revelation 20-21, which suggests that the ultimate destiny of humanity is with God on this Earth, not with God in some insubstantial and wholly other place. The end of the story for Adventists is here on this Earth in a society in which God reigns fully and all suffering, disease, disaster, poverty and injustice is gone.
Go read the rest and join the conversation. Then check out Sherman Haywood Cox II at the blog Sabbath Pulpit for a post that puts a unique spin on the SDA church’s seventh fundamental belief: Domestic Violence and Spirit-Body Unity. Here’s an excerpt:
In much of western Christianity, humanity is essentially a spirit that inhabits a body. The spirit is more important than the body so we care more about the spirit than the body. This view seeks to minimize the importance of our physicality. Thus, an abused woman is in a problematic state, but her ultimate goal is to keep her spiritual connection to God intact. There are a couple of problems with this mindset. First, the Bible teaches that humanity is an indivisible unity of body and spirit. Another problem is that we cannot psychologically separate body and spiritual needs. As can be noted, physical abuse against women affects them physically, spiritually, and psychologically. What affects our spirit affects our body and vice versa.
It’s an interesting take on spirit-body unity … go on, read the whole thing!
And that’s it … I’m afraid all the deep thoughts around here this weekend are going to have to come from other people, because I’m going to get me some sleep now.