mere mission

January 7, 2007 | 1 Comment

nt wrightThere have been a splattering of quotes on other blogs, but for those who haven’t read it, the Christianity Today has a worthwhile interview with NT Wright called Mere Mission.

In the his answer to the first question, he states why I’ve grown to appreciate his work so much:

Because I’ve done all that historical work, my view of the gospel and how it works out in the real world has been deepened and enriched in all kinds of ways that I would never have guessed 25 years ago when I was starting out writing about Jesus. So in Simply Christian there’s a lot about justice, what it means to be human in the mandate to work, the putting to rights of God’s world, generating beauty, alleviating poverty, working with ecology. Thirty years ago I would have said those were secondary issues.

Wright hasn’t just been sitting in the proverbial ivory tower for the last several decades, he’s been climbing higher and higher within it. Yet even as he has done so, he has labored to make the working out of his theology more meaningful and more accessible. He understands that theology isn’t important because of the knowledge that we gain from it, but because that knowledge really matters — we have to do something with it.

Read the rest of the article…it’s worth the time. And figure out what to do with it.

  • i read that article earlier today and for some reason was really struck by the simple quote that “until we look hard at Jesus, we really haven’t understood who God is”

    AW Tozer once said that the most important thing about a person is how they view God. Looking hard at Jesus will surely lead to a more healthy view of God and that said, i definitely need to look harder at Jesus 🙂

    Also, I find in my own thinking a tendency to brush over the fact that this story of redemption is truth and i think for me this has been a reaction to the-bible-as-paper-pope mentality (as nt wright himself says). it isnt that I don’t believe its true… its just that sometimes I wonder what I am to do with the truth, if that makes sense. Are there little ‘t’ truths and big “T” truths? Is it bound to a certain culture? timeless?

    i digress.

    i love nt wright. he is far too brilliant and he makes my head hurt, yet i can’t help but (try to) read him. he is a very important voice for the church today. i also really enjoy his “for everyone” commentaries.