past, present and future – Lesslie Newbigin

From Foolishness to the Greeks – Lesslie Newbigin:

All “facts” of history are remembered and recorded because they have been at some time significant for those engaged in the contemporary struggle of living. The way we understand the past is a function of our whole way of meeting the present and the future. The community of faith celebrates the resurrection of Jesus as the ground of assurance that the present and the future are not under the control of blind forces but are open to unlimited possibilities of new life. This is because the living God who was present in the crucified Jesus is now and always the sovereign Lord of history and therefore makes possible a continuing struggle against all that ignores or negates his purpose.

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