What Is “The Already Not Yet”?

We live in a conflicted world. We live in a world which is filled with great beauty as well as great suffering. We live in a world in which Jesus was already born, lived, died, and was resurrected and yet we still can’t live quite like Jesus. We live in a time in which we have seen, in Jesus, how God wishes the world to be, but yet the world is not like that. We live in a conflicted time, always looking at the gap between how the world is and how it ought to be. We live in the time in which restoration and redemption has already begun (with Jesus), but has not yet fully arrived.

The image that I use here is a Venn diagram.  The first circle is our existence — the world as it is, the second circle is God’s reign of peace and justice. The center overlap is where we we live, post-Jesus of Nazareth where the reign of God has already entered the world but has not yet fully arrived. We live in a time of tension, and this blog explores that tension. Rooted in the ordinary and mundane, yet looking for glimpses of justice, peace, wholeness, harmony, beauty, and hope which all serve as a foretaste of what is to come.

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