Sep 29 2002
I went to NBC again today, and I really enjoyed the service. They did an overview of all the major mission projects they have there, from Habitat for Humanity, to the partnership they have with a Spanish-speaking church in West Dallas, to trips to Monterey, CA for the junior high kids , a trip to Spain for the high schoolers, and trips to Guatemala, Japan, and elsewhere. They’re even sponsoring their own Habitat house for the spring, and the church is going to commit to building it in 9 days. Hearing about that sort of stuff invigorates and excites me. I feel joy coursing through my body when I hear about these sorts of endeavors, and my heart leaps and praises Jesus for the way He works through us, in spite of us.
Some excerpts from The Majesty of Man by Ron Allen:
“Here is the genuine paradox; here is the unsolvable riddle. The awfulness of fallenness is balanced by the awesomeness of image-bearing. The great depth of sin is matched by the great worth of man. These antinomies serves as God’s justification for the earth-and-heaven troubling that led to the Incarnation.”
“Man in the image of God is a majestic creature; he has great dignity in the eys of his Maker. Even fallen man continues to bear the image of God. It is that fact that deepens the disaster of man’s fallenness, and it is that fact that makes the concept of eternal perdition so truly awful. The eternal damnation of an image-bearer of God is an unspeakable horror. It is not just that a wicked man is lost forever; it is that a man made in God’s image is lost forever… When a person comes to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, he not only has life forever, but he is now more man than ever. Christ restores what it truly means to be human. In Christ we are given a new aspect of our history with God and parcitipate in a new way in waht Thielicke, following Luther, calls the ‘alien dignity’ of man.”
These concepts often collide in my tiny noggin.