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As genuine human beings, from Genesis 1 onward, we are given the mandate of looking after creation, of bringing order to God’s world, of establishing and maintaining communities. To suppose that we are saved, as it were, for our own private benefit, for the restoration of our own relationship with God (vital though that is!), and for our eventual homecoming and peace in heaven (misleading though that is!) is like a boy being given a baseball bat as a present and insisting that since it belongs to him, he must always and only play with it in private. But of course you can only do what you’re meant to do with a baseball bat when you’re playing with other people.

Salvation only does what it’s meant to do when those who have been saved, are being saved, and will one day fully be saved realize that they are saved not as souls but as wholes and not for themselves alone but for what God now longs to do through them..

The point is this. When God saves people in this life, by working through his Spirit to bring them to faith Jesus in discipleship, prayer, holiness, hope, and love, such people are designed – it isn’t too strong a word – to be a sign and foretaste of what God wants to do for the entire cosmos. What’s more, such people are not just to be a sign and foretaste of that ultimate salvation; they are to be part of the means by which God makes this happen in both the present and the future…

In other words – to sum up where we’ve got so far – the work of salvation, in its full sense, is (1) about whole human beings, not merely souls; (2) about the present, not simply the future; and (3) about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us. If we can get this straight, we will leave discovered that historic basis for the full-orbed mission of the church.

N.T. Wright (via hislivingpoetry)

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When we handle the sick and the needy we touch the suffering body of Christ and this touch will make us heroic; it will make us forget the repugnance and the natural tendencies in us. We need the eyes of deep faith to see Christ in the broken body and dirty clothes under which the most beautiful one among the sons of men hides. We shall need the hands of Christ to touch these bodies wounded by pain and suffering. Intense love does not measure—it just gives.
Mother Teresa (via hislivingpoetry)


Roscioli: How to make carbonara

I straight up hate when people make carbonara wrong, especially because at its core it’s such a simple thing to do. If you want to add cream or peas or whatever, just call it something else, it’s not carbonara if it’s anything besides pork, egg, pepper, and cheese. 

Roscioli was hands down one of the best meals we had in Italy and pretty much at the top of almost everyone’s list when you google places to eat in Rome. Apparently they have these kits you can buy to recreate some of the more signature dishes. And now I’m going to go make pasta for breakfastttttttt.

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