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Heavenly Participation

A great book I warmly recommend: Heavenly Participation, by Hans Boersma. I am reading it for a second time now – just to make sure I suggest what Boersma has to say.

“Postmodernity is little more than modernity coming home to roost. Both, I believe, are predicated on the abandonment of a premodern sacramental mindset in which the realities of this-worldly existence pointed to greater, eternal realities in which they sacramentally shared. Once modernity abandoned a participatory or sacramental view of reality, the created order became unmoored from its origin in God, and the material cosmos began its precarious drift on the flux of nihilistic waves.” Hans Boersema, Heavenly Participation: the weaving of a sacramental tapestry (Grand Rapids, 2011), p. 2.

Boersma proposes a rather radical realignment of theology – a realignment with how the church from the first till the 17th century ‘did’ theology. I love it.

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Agenda

Saturday 16 May

8.30-10.30 write lesson 3 for Life of Moses, Gregory of Nyssa

Saturday 16 May

10.30-12.30 fundraise for BA Studies course

Saturday 16 May

3-3.45pm Coffee and tea with church in Arnhem-Nijmegen (Zoom)

Sunday 17 May

9-11am Administration of Stichting Nijlvallei

Sunday 17 May

12-3pm Fundraise for Food Packages for Egypt

Monday 18 May

9-10am Work discussions with my office in Egypt

Monday 18 May

10-12am Fundraise for BA studies in Egypt

Monday 18 May

1-5pm Planning activities for May, June

Wednesday 20 May

9-12am write lesson 4 and 5 on Life of Moses, Gregory of Nyssa

Wednesday 20 May

7-8pm Zoominar about Ignatius

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