Resource Review – Plowing in Hope: Towards a Biblical Theology of Culture

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31, NIV

Is culture nothing more than a distraction from more critical spiritual matters? Or is saving and redeeming culture actually a part of Christ’s ultimate plan of redemption for us all? “David Hegeman argues that salvation is comprehensive. Salvation does not just include changing one’s beliefs about God, but involves the restoration of human individuals in all their interests, talents, and beliefs. Jesus is in the process of saving Christian culture, not of helicoptering believers out of it.” –Amazon.

Theology of Culture

Plowing in Hope offers a compelling argument that Christians were never meant to be “so heavenly minded they’re no earthly good.” “David Hegeman’s approach is refreshingly different. He maps out a positive theology of culture building rooted in Creation and extending into the New Jerusalem. His wonderful little book, based on sound Biblical exegesis, presents a compelling case for why and how we should build a culture that magnifies God and ennobles men.” -David Ayers, Chair of Social Sciences, Grove City College.

Maybe, just maybe, Christians are still on this earth today because God still sees his beautiful creation as good.

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The Joy of the Lord

Perhaps we were never meant to be so focused on our heavenly home that we miss out on all the Lord has for us right here, now, today.

Perhaps God is completely and indwellingly present in our earthly joys. In our dancing, eating, laughing, resting, singing, and lovemaking. In all of our day to day activities, from the transcendent to the mundane, he is deeply ingrained within it all.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31, NIV

Plowing in Hope is an encouraging and refreshing take on what the Lord has for his followers within culture, not set apart from it.