As part of my preparation for this trip, I have been reading Brian Mcalaren’s book, "Everything Must Change." The tag line says it all … "Jesus, Global Crisis, and a Revolution of Hope." In his book, Brian asks what I believe to be the most important question facing our generation, "What are the biggest problems in the world today and what do the life and teachings of Jesus have to say about these global problems?" As we enter this new chapter of Missions at Our Saviour’s, I personally (and I hope others will join me) have to keep that question fresh in our mind; asking it often. Because I believe (and you’ve probably heard me say it hundreds of time), that the kingdom of God Jesus taught about is really all about "up there coming down here." As Mclaren puts it, "[The Kingdom of God] was not focused on how to escape this world and it’s problems by going to heaven after death, but instead was focused on how God’s will could be done on earth, in history, during this life … God’s dreams coming true for this earth, God’s justice and peace replacing earth’s injustice and disharmony." And if this is true … if the stuff Jesus taught was meant to take place here and now (on earth) and not just there and then (in heaven) … then I believe Brian is right … everything must change … especially how we as Christians look at our place and our role in this world. It’s all about us helping to bring "up there down here" … "thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven."
Packing update … thank God for Bill and putting up with my phone calls from Kohls at 9:00 pm on Monday; helping me figure out what I actually needed to wear on this trip and when I needed to wear it! Johannesburg: Shorts … Mozambique: Long Pants (PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE SNAKES!)