Monday, August 25, 2008

Lesslie Newbigin on the cry of dereliction

At the very beginning of this book I referred to the cry of God in the garden of Eden: “Adam, where are you?” The agonized father seeking for the son who has been lost. Now the beloved son of the father has shared the fate of the lost children, and with them, for them, on their behalf, as one of them, he cries out to the father: “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He goes down into the very depths of dereliction so that there could be no depths of despair into which we could ever fall in which the son of God would not be there beside us.
—Lesslie Newbigin, A Walk Through the Bible (Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 1999), 64-65.

2 comments:

Chris TerryNelson said...

That's a real nugget. Way to go Newbigin! I need to get this book - sounds like a good one for small-group.

Erik said...

Thanks for the bringing attention to this small book, and especially this quote. This gem of Newbigin's is helping me develop a year-long series for youth ministry, whereby we invite students into the narrative of Scripture. And to Chris' suggestion: it is absolutely worthy of a small group. Easily understood, and yet will shake people from their presuppositions.

Can you tell I'm a fan?