I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Reclaiming the World

If the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed involved in the recreation of the world, in winning it back from the evil one, then Christians must go back to the Garden of Eden and reclaim God’s original purposes for creatures and creation.  We are the image-bearers of God, and we have been given the task of making this world the theater of God’s glory.  It is not only the inner chamber of the heart that should glow with the presence of God, but our culture too—our cities, our civilization, the whole of life.

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