Andrew Peterson
The Great Adventure

“God is at home. We are in the far country.”- Meister Eckhart

I read that quote in an Annie Dillard book several years ago and it never left me. Too often we tend to imagine that heaven is a cotton-white cloudscape, a place that doesn’t seem desirable to us here in this sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrifying world. We’re comfortable here, and the skewed notion we have of eternity is that it’s like a never-ending church service, where we’ll be standing mindlessly around a throne, singing bad praise songs to a white-haired God for the rest of our existence.

From what I know about God, what I’ve read of [God] in scripture and what I’ve seen of [God] in what has been made–towering mountains, howling wind, purple budded trees, a baby’s touch and a panther’s roar–[God] is not a tame God.

The City prepared for us is not a retirement home. Zion is not a country club. Death is but the cusp of a great adventure.

Inward/Outward blog


2 thoughts on “Home.

  1. An amazing book to read on eschatology that has totally changed my life is NT Wright’s “Surprised By Hope” I think you would enjoy it if you haven’t already stumbled across it (if you want to borrow my copy you can). Beautiful work that helps to straighten out the whole heaven, after-life stuff biblically and in light of Christianity’s 1st century Judaic theological roots. I am telling you G, you and I grew up in nearly identical church homes with being taught nearly identical things and we *never* heard this side of “heaven” before – between that and some of Rob Bell’s stuff I just see things different and I have a pastor that encourages the exploration *breath of fresh air*

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