Thursday, October 06, 2005

Eldredge oldie but good

What was the hardest lesson you have had to learn?
Eldredge: Wow, what a question. What’s the hardest lesson I had to learn? How to handle power. I heard Dallas Willard say once that he believes that the story of the Bible is the story of God wanting to entrust men with His power and it destroying them.

"It’s very dangerous," Tolkien said, "if you live near a dragon and do not believe in dragons."

Yeah, heaven is not a never-ending church service in the sky, and we don’t go to heaven and just sing songs, forever and ever amen. The longing that brings us to tears at the end of Apollo 13 when the men make it safely home; the longing that brings us to tears at the end of Titanic when the whole ship is restored, and all the great hearts of the story are back, and they’re alive and they’re together … you just go to the ending of the stories that you love. Go to the ending of The Return of the King, and you ask yourself, why does this bring me to tears? It’s because God is showing you Ecclesiastes 3:11: "He has set eternity in the hearts of men." There is no way that the end of God’s story is less than the end of these stories.

Read the whole interview here.

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