This conference has had a profound effect on the way I view the world, who I am, what the church is. Tom Wright has made me think back to the Back to the Future movies with the very youthful looking Micheal J Fox(MJF). In those movies, MJF could travel backward in time to effect the future, and if I re-call travelled forward to view the results. We can’t go back persoanlly but we there is a similarilty in our vocation: We are the people of the future.
Instead of going back to alter the present, we are the people of the new creation / the kingdom. WE CHANGE THE PRESENT BY SOWING/LIVING THE FUTURE NOW. In that way we are also bringing about the future. The historical study of Jesus helps us to understand how to live the future in the present; His way of doing it, his means of bring it about. The questions / tentions that this brings about are these: