The Western Evangelical Church’s obsession with eschatology has grown about out of bounds. Eschatology is important, but the focus should not be on trying to prove one view over another, nor should the focus be on the devastation of God’s wrath. The focus should be on the anthem of the kingdom we find ourselves in: Jesus wins!
Let me start off by saying I am very picky when it comes to fiction books, even more so when it is fantasy or sci-fi. So when I recommend this book as a 5 out of 5, know that I mean it. The Name of the Wind is the first book of the currently incomplete KingKiller Chronicle series where magic is beautifully discussed and the hero, who may not always be the hero, fights his way through life.
They discuss their recently released book, Prayer: Forty Days of Practice. This isn’t your typical devotional and certainly not your typical interview.
This was one of our most favorite interviews on the podcast — to date!
Me not being ‘western’ I wondered if this book was worth a read. After recommendations from a couple of friends, I read it. There was one other important reason to read it. Most of the commentaries, books, and unpacking of scripture I engage with is western. I engage a lot with ‘western theology’, whatever that means. E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien wrote Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.
The Apostles’ Creed was not a piece of my Christian upbringing. I was raised in a non-liturgical church, but I have since gone back and tried to see if I have missed out on anything.
In my estimation, I have, slightly, because I don’t have a firmly ingrained mental connection to the ancient church. I don’t have something like the Apostles’ Creed in my head at all times, and I think that I am at a disadvantage because of that fact. Of course, there are some who do have this short theological recitation memorized but with no benefit because they have learned the word but not the meaning behind them.
I just got back from my youth group’s Bible study. We were looking at Mark 4, and I asked them why they thought Jesus used agricultural metaphors in so many of His parables.
“It’s what His audience dealt with in their daily lives.” We went on to talk about Jesus’ audience wasn’t likely schooled in deep theology, but they sure did know their seeds.