Saturday, August 11, 2012

From the Author

I sat down to write The Image of the Invisible (Tales from Eternity Book I) with a single goal in mind: to tell the story of creation and redemption like never before. To do so, I melded my faith and an anthropological perspective.

As an anthropologist, I recognize the role of religion in cultural adaptation without requiring that one belief system be true. To do so indicts all others as false. Religion by definition is a set of beliefs and practices by which a group attempts to control invisible forces, especially through propitiation and petition, aka sacrifices, offerings and prayers. But true Christianity needs no religious format. Rather, its creed proposes the invasion of the supernatural into this realm, with good but unequivocal intent.

Christianity affords a viable worldview partly because its belief structure has historically been adopted across a gamut of cultures. Yet I look around at a world that is undeniably unjust and seemingly headed toward self-annihilation—despite the spread of the Christian faith.

The need is desperate for a savior from the mess we people have made in our failure to care for the planet and for each other. 
The Christian gospel, the “good news” that such a Savior exists, has been seriously tarnished by those who seek its blessings for their own comfort—with little thought for others’ needs.

This is profoundly ironic, since Jesus himself “went around doing good.” He healed the sick and lame and blind. He delivered the downtrodden from all sorts of oppression. He fed the poor and hungry. He always did the right thing--even when it wasn't politically correct. Yet since the early days of the church in the Book of Acts, Christians often fail to follow his example as they misstep their way through the message of the kingdom of God.

Whether so-called Christians shamelessly exploit the gospel for profit or obsess over immorality and human corruption, the result is the same. Twenty-first century people, who ache for good news, will rarely go into a church to get it.

I write the Tales from Eternity books to give our hope-starved generation a glimpse of God’s work in our world. To tell it from the perspective of what the angels learn about their king as they watch his interactions with “inferior” beings is a bit of whimsy on my part.

God is still good. His intentions are still flawless. He made this world as well as us, and while we have marred its beauty, it is not beyond redemption. His purpose will not fail.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Streamlining is good

You may have noticed that I am not much of a blogger.
And since an astute friend of mine pointed out that it's better to have one blog that I actually write on than three that I never write on, I have decided to cut back to just this one.

I hear that there's a way to write blogs according to different threads. Don't know if that's what I mean, let alone how to do it, but I refuse to be outsmarted by anything without a human brain. That said, you may all have to watch me muddle through a learning curve. I'm going to start writing more and placing the posts where I want them to go.

Let that be an encouragement to you that you can indeed teach old dogs new tricks. Or at least let it be evidence that old dogs have interest in learning them.