Monday, February 25, 2013

The Kingdom of God and the Modern Mind

Hey friends and family,
Isaac has a fairly new blog project, “The Kingdom of God and the Modern Mind”, and we’d like to get the word out as there’s now a fair number of postings up. 

His blog is certainly more intellectual than my anecdotal “this is our life” blog, but it’s not so deep as to be unreachable for the masses.  Please take a few moments and read through a couple posts (or all of them!) and leave him a comment and please SHARE his blog!  Share it with friends, family, co-workers, your community groups…people that agree, people that DISAGREE!  Isaac loves honest discussion at all levels so long as it’s respectful. 

Below is a brief description of the two sides he’ll argue for and against in each post:

A vision of the world as it ought to be.
The Kingdom stands for the hope of man through the Gospel of Christ. It is a recognition of man's utter inability to create for himself an Earthly utopia and a reliance on a Kingdom not built by human hands.
This Kingdom is a gift bestowed on an undeserving people; to enter into it is to recognize that man cannot find happiness in fame or money; he cannot save himself through learning or through science or through a devotion to the pleasures of the world.
The Kingdom of God is the antidote to the misery of the Modern Mind; it is the cure to the disease of hopelessness; it is an end to the despair of man.
The force opposing The Kingdom of God.
Every word uttered in favor of God and his Kingdom is uttered against the Modern Mind.
The Modern Mind is ignorance in the disguise of learning; it is foolishness in the guise of wisdom; it is credulity in the guise of modernity.
The Modern Mind believes it may become its own savior by seeking the approval of man; it may earn favor by worshiping at the twin altars of science and pleasure.
The Modern Mind has long sought to build a kingdom of heaven on Earth, and its efforts have led to more bloodshed, more hopelessness and more foolishness than any other force.
The Modern Mind is the force that I mean to oppose, to be replaced by a mind set upon the beauty of the Kingdom of God.

I know you might be thinking that this is a shameless plug by a proud wife. Well, yes, it is, BUT it’s truly worth your read. If I could be completely unbiased by my relationship with Isaac I would still read and be encouraged and challenged by his words.  As his wife, though, my heart’s desire is to see him reaching others and engaging them in dialoguing and discussion on the modern mind and how the Gospel, though it may on the surface seem outdated, is still relevant.

In Isaac’s own words:

My passion is to offer a clear, literary demonstration of God's work both in the present and throughout history. I hope to embolden those who believe already, to elicit thought from those who are skeptical, and to utterly confound those who stand in opposition to God and His Kingdom. My educational background is in literature, my writing background in science. My love for literature has led to the desire to see quality in the things written of God; my love for science has made it all the more tragic that it is here where the presence of God today is most often opposed. I have born witness to the hand of God in everything I have done--the purpose of this blog is to demonstrate God's presence in all things and to offer a clear response to the arguments against God.

Now, how can you NOT want to read his blog and share it after that?

The goal is not to make converts. Only God has that power. The intent is to open the lines of communication, to challenge mainstream, analytical, “modern” thought. It is to show, though not attempt to prove, the relevancy of the Gospel even in our post-modern, modern world.

The long-term goal of this blog would to be to open doors for Isaac to realize his dream of being a full-time author.  Though he is gifted in and loves writing fiction, his heart’s calling is to share the gospel in a way that is real and intriguing for those with an analytical and modern mind.

Please pass my few humble introductory words along to those around you who might take a few moments to engage in something deeper than my tales of homemaking, sewing disasters, and toenail drama.

If you know someone who is an author, a modern mind, a fellow redeemed sinner, please pass this along and encourage them to leave comments. 

Let my final words be this: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”  (Proverbs 2:17) -- Please be iron to Isaac’s iron. Help sharpen and edify him through agreement, disagreement, or open-ended questions. 

God bless and thank you! 

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