1. I love this story … my favorite in the world, making me appreciate even more any story I read or see that reminds me of this one!

    Just yesterday I posted this excerpt from a nonfiction book I’d been reading:

    The Bible begins and ends with creation. It opens with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), and it final great vision opens with the words, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1). The trouble is that some Christians seem to have Bibles that begin at Genesis 3 and end at Revelation 20. They know all about sin from the story of the fall, and they know that God has solved the sin problem through Christ, and that they will be safe on the great day of judgment. The story of creation for them is no more than a backdrop for the story of salvation, and the Bible’s grand climax speaks to them only of going to heaven when they die (even though the last chapters of the Bible say nothing about us going anywhere, but eagerly anticipate God’s coming here).

    But a Bible stripped of its beginning and ending will produce a concept of mission that is distorted in the same way. We will imagine that God’s only concern, and therefore ours too, is to save people from sin and judgment. Now of course, there can be no doubting that the Bible gives enormous attention to that issue, and no doubt also that it must be at the heart of our mission in God’s name. But it’s not the whole story. It’s not the whole story of the Bible, and it should not be the whole story of our mission.

    — Christopher Wright, from The Mission of God’s People (all boldface emphases added)

  2. This is the ultimate tale of hope. My upcoming release, the Land of Darkness, is a fairy tale all about this hope, based around Isaiah 53 and the mysterious “bridge” that links the mortal world with the heavenly kingdom.

    There’s nothing more thrilling than writing fairy tales that have their roots grounded in the true tale of salvation.

  3. Galadriel says:

    That is the greatest story ever told

  4. Kaci Hill says:

    Fred, I could hug you. I’m keeping a copy of this. 0=)

    • Fred Warren says:

      Thanks, Kaci. 🙂 It’s sad–here’s a man who’s lived a full life with ALS against all the odds and has a mind capable of working out the mechanics of the cosmos–from a wheelchair–but he has no room for God in his imagination.

      • Kaci Hill says:

        And that’s really it, Fred.

        I’m admittedly of the opposite framework; try as I might, I can’t comprehend a universe existing without someone having put it there. What makes me angry is not anything Hawking or anyone else might say but the level of deception they’ve endured. It’s like watching a victim who doesn’t realize they’ve been victimized.

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