7 BILLION LOVED!

On October 31, 2011 the world’s population officially reaches 7 billion.  That means 7 billion persons loved passionately, relentlessly, and sacrificially in ways beyond our merely human comprehension.  To mark this notable “milestone,” here are a few other “theodemographical” reflections. 7 billion exceeds my mind’s grasp.  Much of the world’s population concentrates in a relatively few places, however, and I am regularly in some of those places, such as Lagos, Nigeria with its 25 plus million and nearby Ibadan with its 26 plus million.  By any measure, these two cities are mega-cities, filled with teeming masses of humanity, and yet even they combined are dwarfed by 7 billion! In the world’s mega-cities so many people have no place and scant …

What on EARTH is God Doing?

What on EARTH … ?  Yes, earth is one of the most proper points of reference for whatever God is up to.  The gospel of Jesus our Lord is truly comprehensive and expansive.  It extends to the whole earth—the one that once wasn’t but now is, along with all that it has been along the way and all that it will be when God is finished, or rather begins again.  Humans sinned and all hell broke loose from that time to the present and from that place to all places, with continuing, deepening and ever widening consequences beyond human reckoning.  But, wonderfully, Another Human entered the picture and reprised the Human Role in the story.  His entrance set in motion …