Creation is saturated with images of the Messiah, just like the Old Testament is. The building blocks of the world are essentially types of Christ, just like Moses and the Tabernacle were types of Christ. Food, cars, chairs, relationships, streets, oceans, business transactions, computers, and everything else in our world are metaphors which point to the Messiah. Just as Noah’s flood dramatized the future salvation of Jesus, so showering, washing hands, washing dishes, and any kind of washing imaginable is also a picture of the cleansing of the baptism and new birth we receive from him. Continue reading Chapter 5: Evil
Paul begins the book of Romans by saying that the righteous wrath of God is coming in judgment against the ungodliness of humanity because “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). Continue reading Chapter 4: Creation
We all have a perspective on reality. This shapes the way we live our lives and the way we treat people, and what we think about Donald Trump.
Jesus also had a perspective that shaped his life. He had an opinion about his world and about the people around him. He had ideas about reality and about who he was. Reading the Gospels you find Jesus rejoicing in the behavior of some and indignant toward the behavior of others. Continue reading Chapter 3: Parables
1. A new name
After months of deliberation and prayer and conversations with friends, I think I’ll call the book The Reality of Jesus.
The Reality of Jesus:
(sub-title) Exploring the Implications of a World Created By, Through, and for Him. Continue reading Four Fun Updates on the Writing Project
Typology is the study of images of Jesus in the Scripture and in the world. A “type” is any person or thing or event which God designs and uses as an image or illustration of Jesus and his kingdom. In essence, God creates a type to say, “This is what Jesus is like, and therefore it is what I am like.” Continue reading Chapter 2: Typology
Humans are driven to make sense of reality.
One philosopher has said we are “hurled into existence.” And now we find ourselves asking the question, “What just happened?”
All of us engage with “metanarrative” and “metaphysics,” which are just fancy words to describe the basic question, “What is this life all about?” The question addresses the entirety of our reality. This is not a question about America, or about snowboarding, baseball, history, psychology, or topics like these. This is a question regarding all things. This is a question about life. Continue reading Chapter 1: Jesus
A book, eventually.
I am hoping to write a book over the course of the next two years. My plan is to release a chapter via blog every couple months until I complete the project. Continue reading Writing Project on Theology of Everything