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‘Maybe you’ve heard that Christianity is a life–denying, vein–burstingly, eye–bogglingly boring way of life that could suck the marrow from a gnat and the joy from a lark. Don’t believe it.‘
(From the foreword by Mark Greene)
Jesus came to bring life in all its fullness and yet often Christians behave as if he is only really interested in the so–called ‘spiritual’ bits, like church, Bible study and evangelism. Everything else – work, leisure, culture and so on – are relegated to second place.
But God did not intend us to live with this artificial separation. In this book Julian Hardyman reclaims all of life for God’s glory and helps us discover where that sports skill, passion for politics or flair with fashion might fit into God’s plans for an abundant life.
Previously published as Glory Days, this second edition has been updated throughout and contains two brand new chapters on glorifying God during dark days and the environment.
Hardyman argues that there is a human cultural project established at Creation and reconfirmed after the flood. He calls it the First Great Commission. His Bible overview emphasises this theme, neglecting the theme of God building his people. His eschatology leads him to believe that much will survive the return of Christ, which is hard to reconcile with 2 Peter 3. There are some good chapters: on work, being a good citizen, creativity, using the mind, callings, and enjoying God's gifts. There is also a thought provoking chapter on climate change (he believes in man-made global warming)
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