1. "

    Ascension is not just an idea, it is a particular way of viewing the world. As a world view, ascension leads us to the following affirmations: we affirm that there is a road between heaven and earth; we affirm that this road leads to the house of God; we affirm that the door of the house is open; we affirm that we are children of this house; we affirm that there is room at the table; we affirm that this house is home.

    But we say more. Ascension is not only a way of viewing the world, it is also a way of living in the world. We say in the Lord’s prayer, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We say these words so often, we often fail to understand what we are really saying. We are committing ourselves to a particular way of living. We are saying that our houses are to be like God’s house. We affirm that there is a road between our house and the world; we affirm that the door of our house is open; we affirm that the vulnerable ones are children of our house; we affirm that there is room at our table; we affirm that our house is a home for others.

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    — Tom Boogaart
     

  2. For the last week, I have woken up each morning with a David Bazan song going through my head. 

    I am ok with this. 

     

  3. "People are happy enough to call Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One, but not much interested in exploring the meaning of Jesus Christ sitting at the right hand of God and sustaining the world by sovereign decrees."
    — Tom Boogaart
    Tagged #wtsprophets
     

  4. "History is not a blind alley, and guilt is not an abyss. There is always a way that leads out of guilt; repentance, or turning to God. The prophet is a person who, living in dismay, has the poet to transcend his dismay."
    — Abraham Heschel
     

  5. "What to us seems inconceivable, to Isaiah was a certainty: War will be abolished. They shall not learn war any more because they shall seek knowledge of the word of God. Passion for war will be subdued by a greater passion: the passion to discover God’s ways."
    — Abraham Heschel
     

  6. "In the eyes of man, what comes about and what is still to come may be an age apart; in the eyes of God, they are one. The darkness of history, therefore, conceals a light. Beyond the mystery is meaning. And the meaning is destined to be disclosed."
    — Abraham Heschel
     

  7. "And yet, God is not absent even though His work may be silent. His presence in history does not continually come to expression in cataclysmic events. The ways in which He acts are perceptible at rare moments, but usually they are indiscernible - just as the work of him who tips the soil is only occasionally spectacular. He does not always plow or harrow; there are many small, inconspicuous labors to be carried out in order to achieve the main goal. In fact, the undramatic art of tilling the soil reflects God’s counsel and wisdom."
    — Abraham Heschel
     

  8. "It is not so much the suffering as the senselessness of it that is unendurable."
    — Nietzsche
    Tagged #wtsprophets
     

  9. "God’s ways are just, right, wise, but neither transparent nor immune to misunderstanding. There is an unfolding and a shrouding, a concealing within a disclosing, consoling as well as confusing."
    — Abraham Heschel
     

  10. "Sin is not a cul de sac, nor is guilt a final trap. Sin may be washed away by repentance and return, and beyond guilt is the dawn of forgiveness. The door is never locked, the threat of doom is not the last word."
    — Abraham Heschel