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“For the future to be good…”

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and Space-X (among other things), tweeted about some of the things necessary for a “good” future.1

But I don’t think he’s right. Technology doesn’t change human hearts, nor does it eliminate suffering. If history shows us anything, technological advances will only increase the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The biggest problems we face are not technological hurdles. It’s not that I’m opposed to research, technology, exploration, or discovery. But we deceive ourselves if we think that new technology and scientific discoveries (including medical ones) are automatically advances or progress.

Only God is good. The more of his kingdom that breaks through into our world, the better it will be. The more his will is done in us, the better this world will be. In fact, we don’t need Mr. Musks’s company or any other to provide us with a good future, because we’ve already been guaranteed a perfect one! In the end, all things will be set right. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, every soul will worship God, through his son Jesus Christ our Lord, by the Holy Spirit. Evil, sin, and death will in the end be vanquished, and our future will be perfect as we dwell fully in the presence of the Divine. I was reminded recently that our weekly worship as Christians should be reminding us all of that outlook.

Now if anybody wants to donate a Tesla Model S…well, just leave a comment and I’m sure we can get in touch.

  1. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming that he doesn’t think electric transport, solar power, and “the missing piece” are sufficient.

➠ Scripts

Here’s video of Walter Brueggemann on the competing world views—he calls them scripts—operating in the world. He mentions the ongoing crisis in Ferguson as a point of illustration. I’m not certain that he is spot on in his discussion of liberalism and conservatism in the Church, but I do think reframing the discussion as he suggests can only improve things.

Scripts – The Work Of The People (h/t to Glenn Packiam)

➠ How to turn small talk into smart conversation

Engaging people in meaningful conversation—even if not overtly spiritual or evangelistic in nature—is something we can all be better at. Especially me.

We stagger through our romantic, professional and social worlds with the goal merely of not crashing, never considering that we might soar. We go home sweaty and puffy, and eat birthday cake in the shower.

via How to turn small talk into smart conversation | ideas.ted.com h/t Elise.

➠ The Spasmodic Hercules

Tim Challies on “the Spasmodic Hercules.” We’ve probably heard the maxim before about overestimating what’s possible in the short-term and underestimating long-term possibilities, but this blog post is spot on. It’s something I worry about—maybe worry isn’t the right word—something I want to be aware of as we begin this work of planting. Can we settle into patterns in our daily and weekly life that will yield the long-term fruit God is looking for?

I see this in work.…I see this in parenting.…But most of all, I see this in spiritual growth. We are often tempted to believe that one moment of great spiritual intensity will bring about greater and more lasting change than the oh-so-ordinary means of grace. We can have more confidence in the single three-day conference than in the day-by-day discipline of Scripture reading and prayer, the week-by-week commitment to the preaching of the Word and public worship.…

This is where so many Christians lose their confidence—they want quick growth and measurable results, and give up far too soon.

The Spasmodic Hercules | Challies Dot Com via Kendall Harmon at Titus 1:9.