N.T Wright has been one of my favorite Theologians for the past several years, and I’m interested to hear what you think about his comments here on Genesis 1-2. Listen carefully to what he’s saying because he’s not arguing against God creating the world, but rather against a flat reading of the text that turns Genesis into a running argument against Charles Darwin or Enlightenment for that matter. What’s your thoughts on this? Can you see where he’s coming from? What do you think is gained or lost with this kind of reading of these chapters?
So I flew into Burbank yesterday to speak at a Conference this weekend at the Glendale church of Christ. I flew in early to hang out with my good friend Bryan Schackmann, a preacher buddy working at a Kingdom outpost here. And here is one of the lesser talked about perks of preaching.
Sometimes you get to go to California. For Jesus.
I took a vacation day to come up a day early and spend time hanging out, eating at In and Out Burgers, and seeing the movies stars.
Which is exactly what we did.
Bryan has a church friend who works at Paramount Studios and he got us the campus there for a tour. And I’m not talking about one of those group tours you see on Full House reruns. I mean we walked along with this worker, acting like we owned the place. We got to go check into the studio where I Love Lucy, Cheers, and Frasier was filmed. Today they were setting it up for a Nickelodeon show called True Jackson (which was not nearly as impressive).
But while we were walking along we bumped into Chevy Chase (also Dr. Phil, but that wasn’t as cool as meeting the man also known as Fletch). He was there filming the NBC comedy “Community” a show Leslie and I sometimes watch, which made it all the more cool.
Walking around in the Paramount Studios was a bit like being in a giant Planet Hollywood. Everything has been in some movie, it’s just not there to sell an entree for $25.
But on another level, and here’s where blogging is cathartic, I’m here to speak at a conference about the Upside Down Kingdom of God. A world where the poor are rich, the weak are powerful, and those on the margins are celebrities. And as soon I flipped out about meeting Fletch (and a little about Dr. Phil) it began to sink in what I was doing. Oh irony thy sting is great.
But on another level, I’m glad that the Spirit brought this to my mind.
It’s easy to make really revolutionary concepts like Jesus reversing cultural values skip over the ones we hold dear without knowing it. But if the Kingdom of God doesn’t make us uncomfortable at times, if Jesus doesn’t challenge our way of life, than maybe we need to wonder what kind of gospel we bought into in the first place.
So if you in the greater Los Angeles area this weekend, come on out to the Glendale church of Christ. Where I’ll be spending the rest of the weekend talking about a mustard-seed Kingdom that is sprouting up in the middle of our various Empires.
(But I’m still kind of glad I met Fletch).