All Things New

A NEW EARTH: What Does Restoration Look Like? by John Eldredge

August 16, 2018

From All Things New Jesus Christ is the forerunner for the Great Renewal, “the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,” (Colossians 1:18).  He died, as everyone has and will.  But on the third day he was raised to life, leaving his grave clothes folded neatly in the tomb.  (A very touching detail, I might add, as if to say, “And that’s that,” like a man putting away his flannel pajamas now that winter is past.)  On Easter morning Jesus walked out of the grave radiantly alive, restored, and everyone recognized him.  The “new” Jesus is not someone or something else now; he is the Jesus they loved and knew.  He walked with them, had meals with them – just like before.  They most striking thing about the [...]

A NEW EARTH: Redemption, Not Destruction by John Eldredge

August 9, 2018

From All Things New Many people have the vague but ominous idea that God destroys the current reality and creates a new “Heavenly” one.  But that is not what scripture actually says. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.  Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse.  But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.  For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be [...]

A NEW EARTH: All Things New by John Eldredge

August 2, 2018

From All Things New When Jesus used the phrase “at the renewal of all things,” he did it casually, almost breezily.  You get the impression he assumed his listeners didn’t need an explanation or a long defense of the idea.  Jesus spoke as though he were simply drawing upon a story and theology his disciples would know quite well.  And indeed, these earnest Jews would have immediately found connection with many Old Testament stored in their hearts: Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 51:11)   “Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with [...]

A NEW EARTH: The Renewal Of All Things, Redux by John Eldredge

July 12, 2018

From All Things New Every man has two Battles to wage: In dreams he wrestles with God Awake, with the sea. (Antonio Machado, Proverbs and Song Verse) It was July when my youngest son and his new wife came to visit.  Stasi and I wanted to take them out for a special dinner, the kind newlyweds cannot afford themselves.  We booked an evening at the Broadmoor Hotel, a Forbes five-star resort you may have heard of.  Picture a gorgeous estate like you might find in France or Germany – verdant gardens, flowing fountains, architecture with an “Old World” feel, red tile roofs, arched turrets, and curving balconies. We had a lovely evening over a luscious dinner and rich conversation.  Olivia, our new daughter-in-law, said, “I’ve never [...]

A NEW EARTH: The Renewal Of All Things by John Eldredge

June 28, 2018

From All Things New Jesus Christ gave his life to give each of us a hope above and beyond all former hopes.  Every action and teaching of his brilliant life were very intentionally directed at unveiling this hope to us.  Late in the Gospel of Matthew he described it with breathtaking clarity: Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (19:28-29) At the renewal of all things?!  God’s intention for us is the renewal of all things?  This is what the Son of God said; that is how he plainly described it.  [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Four) by John Eldredge

June 21, 2018

From All Things New The Answer to the Riddle of the Promise Optimism is not going to cut it.  Trying to look on the bright side isn’t going to sustain us through days like we are living in.  Given how critical hope is to our lives, the most urgent question has to be, “Where is the hope that can overcome all the heartache of this world?” “We all feel the riddle of the Earth,” wrote G. K. Chesterton.  “The mystery of life is the plainest part of it.  The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world.”  Thank you, Gilbert; I love it when someone says perfectly what we’ve always known to be true but never named for ourselves.  I think the mystery boils down to this: [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Three) by John Eldredge

June 14, 2018

From All Things New Looking For a Stronger Hope Scripture names hope as one of the Three Great Forces of human existence: Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) By saying they last forever, God names these three as immortal powers.  A life without faith has no meaning; a life without love isn’t worth living; a life without hope is a dark cavern from which you cannot escape.  These things aren’t simply “virtues.”  Faith, hope, and love are mighty forces meant to carry your life forward, upward; they are your wings and the strength to use them. I believe hope plays the critical role.  You’ll find it pretty hard to love when you’ve lost hope; hopelessness collapses into who cares?  And [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Two) by John Eldredge

June 7, 2018

From All Things New What Are We Looking Forward To? I keep checking my phone for email and texts. I do it all through the day; every alert gets my attention.  I’ve been doing it for some time now.  And the funny thing is, I’m not the kind of person who likes technology; I don’t want to feel tied to my phone by an emotional umbilical cord.  So what is this compulsion?  What am I looking for?  It’s as though I’m looking for something. And I’m not alone.  People check their devices something like 110 times a day – one-third of their waking hours.  What is this obsession?  I know we get a dopamine buzz when we receive a text, but something else is going on here.  After months and months of this obsession, I think I’m [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? by John Eldredge

May 31, 2018

From All Things New It takes no courage to be an optimist, but it takes a great deal of courage to have hope. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Celebrating Life) The sunrise this morning was filled with such promise. I was standing at the window in the early hours, praying, watching the dawn slowly bathe the hills in a golden light.  The forest was utterly still, almost timeless.  Each leaf was washed with a warm yellow glow, like candlelight; it covered the whole mountainside.  Something about the bright, gentle beauty illuminating an entire forest made me feel that everything is going to be okay. It is autumn now, and normally I’m not particularly happy about that.  I don’t usually like the coming of fall because I know the long winter will [...]

A NEW EARTH: A Breathtaking Promise by John Eldredge

May 23, 2018

From All Things New “We could sure use some hope right now.” I was chatting with a friend last week about the things going on in our lives and in the world, when she said this.  We were talking about our loss of a dear colleague, but also about how everyone we know seems to be facing some hard thing or other.  My friend is normally a very buoyant woman whatever the circumstance.  There was a pause in the conversation, and then she sighed and expressed her longing for some hope. Yes, hope would be very timely right about now. Though we are trying to put a bold face on things, the human race is not doing well at all.  Take any of our vital signs – you’ll see.  The rate of antidepressant use has gone through the ceiling in the [...]