Les Misérables

The other night my wife and I went to see the recently released movie version of Les MisérablesWhile I had been looking forward to seeing it, it turned out to be better than I ever imagined.  Based on Victor Hugo’s sweeping novel, it is a film of epic proportions that tells a story loaded with Kingdom values.

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Picture taken from the film website.

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Getting the Whole Picture

We have often heard people point to some of the more unfortunate events in Church history as evidence that Christianity has created more problems than it has solved.  While we cannot deny that our history has not always been pretty, we must also remember that those events do not paint the whole picture.  In this brief video, Bishop N.T.Wright widens the lens to show how the Church has been a benefit throughout history as well.  I think it provides great encouragement for us to continue living in the Reign,
Enjoy!
M

Kingdom Repentance

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In his book The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey writes,

“I once say someone holding a sign that said, ‘Repent for the end is near!’  He got it wrong.  Jesus didn’t say the end was near.  He said that the kingdom of God was near.  If I repent because the end is near, then I’m just apologizing for my past in time to die and go to heaven.  But if I repent because the kingdom, the Way, the rule of God is near, then I am actively deciding to change my egocentric approach to life and joining in partnership with God to help bring about his way of love in this world.  I repent, not because the end is near, but because the beginning is here, and I want to be a part of it.

“Christ’s message of the kingdom and our response of repentance was not just a command to regret your past, but an invitation to help bring about a new future.” [1]

It would be hard to say it any better than that.  Bruxy effectively outlines the type of repentance that causes us to live in the Reign.

M

[1] Bruxy Cavey, The End of Religion, (Colorado Springs, NavPress, 2007), 129 – 130