God's unfinished future

by Trinity Institute

Prominent theologians, including Jürgen Moltmann, challenge the apocalyptic vision of the future being popularized today, which they contend is a massive and dangerous distortion of the biblical picture of God’s purpose that promotes violence and extremism, during Trinity Institute’s 37th National Theological Conference at historic Trinity Church, Broadway and Wall Street, on January 22, 23 and 24! . Citing the Bible, these scholars portray a hopeful vision of the world to come, as they discuss “God’s Unfinished Future: Why It Matters Now.”

Conference highlights include:

January 22 at 6:30pm: James Carroll, author and Boston Globe columnist, leads the opening Eucharist.
January 23 at 2:00pm and January 24 at 9:00am: Jürgen Moltmann, emeritus professor of theology at Tübingen University in Tübingen, Germany, champions an alternative to contemporary renderings of apocalypticism and instead offers a powerful story in which no aspect of God’s good creation is abandoned.
January 23 at 9:30 am: Rev. Barbara R. Rossing, Th.D., professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, traces the development of the prevailing narrative and proposes a reading of the text that is both more life giving and more faithful to Christian tradition.
January 24 at 1:30 pm: Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, best-selling author, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church at Harvard, reflects on how a vision of God’s future has served as a source of hope and direction in the African-American struggle of liberation.

The conference will be telecast online at trinitywallstreet.org/education/?institute-2007&p=webcast http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/education/?institute-2007&p=webcast

Is James Carroll lecturing or just leading a service?

He will be lecturing.

I have often speculated that much of the universe appears to be God’s unfinished future.

I am not suggesting it is devoid of life, but when we see the potential on earth [or what it was before the advent of global warming], it is as scripture says ‘a marvel in our eyes’. One just cannot help but speculate what wonders await those who love Him, what he will do with it in the future.

One thing is certain, our God does not appear to labour in vain or create just for the sake of it. Looking at how He uses the same artefacts over and over again [eg the tree is an inverted lung], it just does not make sense to suggest He created the vast universe while He was doodling.

One suspects He created it for us

Explanation please?? :confused:

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