Ch 10: The Already & Not Yet Kingdom

The weekend assignment that Pilate gave the guards had to be the most futile mission in history. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you can” (Matthew 27:65). Ha! Good luck with that one. Nevertheless, the soldiers dutifully carried out orders, unaware of the impossibility of their task. The squad of Roman legionaries sealed the…

Ch 11: God’s Perfect Country

It just so happens that I am writing this paragraph on the first day of summer vacation. When you were a kid you probably didn’t realize this, but teachers are actually more excited about school holidays than the students. For me, the countdown to summer usually begins immediately following spring break (Actually, who am I…

Ch 12: A New Way To Be Human

All the way back in the introduction to this book, I quoted Jonathan Gottschall’s book The Storytelling Animal, in which he writes, “The human mind was shaped for story, so that it could be shaped by story.” We’ve now come full circle, having traced the story that God is writing from Genesis all the way…

Ch 13: The Purpose of Pizza

I have a confession to make: pizza is my passion. I believe strongly that pizza is the perfect meal. Endless varieties of toppings and sauces mean that I literally could eat it for three meals a day and be content. I consider pizza to be the highest pinnacle to which food can reach in a…

Ch 14: Rotten Bananas and the Glory of God

When I was in college, I had a campus job at the student union. Most shifts, my job was cooking food, making lattes, interacting with patrons, and other enjoyable and creative tasks like that. It was a great job. But every once in a while, my manager would send me down to the basement of…