Sunday, November 21, 2004
In Cornelius Plantinga's essay, Not The Way It's S'pposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, he says, "In short, for the Christian church (even in its recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and, finally, uninteresting." This is, like much of what Plantinga says, well said and true. And it is well on the way towards speaking of how we need speak at the beginning of Advent. The Advent of our God looks like light shining in very dark places, places that are dark because they are so intimate and interesting.