I recently finished (finally) N.T. Wright’s book Simply Christian. The book is profound and yet easily understood by simple souls like me. Many believe Wright is the new C.S. Lewis. What I found particularly helpful is Wright’s ability to articulate truths and realities we all have deeply embedded in our souls. He states that we all have an existential voice whispering internally, telling us that the world is not the way it should be. This infers that at some point in the distant past, love and justice prevailed. This voice further tells us that a future where all is put to rights is possible – a future where not only love and justice once again prevail, but sin not longer holds creation hostage. Wright goes on to say that Jesus speaks to and answers this internal voice. His life and words point to a new reality that he – and he alone – can make possible. Of course, that reality is found in heaven; in the presence of God. So, in Jesus, heaven and earth intersect. In Jesus’ divinity we discover who God is; his character and nature. In Jesus’ humanity, we discover what we can become – by God’s grace and power. Jesus provides hope for a new reality and inspiration for a life lived at an infinitely higher benchmark. Colossians 2:9-10 tells us, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
Keep the faith,
Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Tony received his Bachelor's degree in religion from USC and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology. Tony loves spending time with his wife, Sheri, and their two sons and daughter (Bryce, Braden, and Brooke); cheering for the USC Trojan football team; and playing tennis.