A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together.”

In Isaiah’s writings, he talks about a new highway.  It is level.  Smooth.  Straight.  In fact, every mountain has been humbled and every valley exalted to make this highway direct and very easy to travel upon.  It is God’s highway to come to his people and for his people finally to return to God.

In Isaiah’s context, this is a road home.  The Israelites, a people that had been cast into a suffering exile could finally return home.  They needed to go home.  So God cleared every obstacle that they might easily return to him and he to them.

When Luke refers to Isaiah, he changes things up a little bit; he makes the road a bit wider.  He ends his reference not by saying that all people shall see God’s glory; rather Luke writes that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God”.  This too is a road home for a people in exile.  This is a road on which we all need to travel so that we can finally return home.

And those of us who are already traveling on this road to home, we have been called out to reveal it to others.  Through our lives.  Through our words.  Through our love.

But this calling begs certain timely questions:
How can we live our lives so that we can best reveal the road home to those around us who live in this culture right now?  How do we walk that road?  And how do we reveal it?  And how do we do so without adding any unnecessary valleys, mountains, crooked turns, rough patches, or other obstacles that hinder  people from joining our caravan?

Our culture is changing.  And while many before us asked these questions and reached the people in their generation and culture until the faith finally reached us today, now it is our turn to do so.  We must ponder the gospel.  We must ponder the culture.  We must ponder the character, beliefs, and actions necessary for us to be faithful to the way of Jesus today.

Pete and I have been talking recently and have decided that we want to open up a conversation about how we can faithfully respond to the call of Jesus to reach out to people, particularly those in a postmodern culture who are rejecting modern church forms and Jesus along with them.  We want to discuss a strategy for genuinely, lovingly, faithfully, and successfully reaching out to these people, and we want to invite anyone in who wants contribute.  We would love to discuss principles, models, examples, real issues in our lives, character traits, actions, beliefs, scripture, culture, and anything else necessary to seed ideas that we might better reach out with the gospel.

We don’t expect to have all the right answers.  What we do expect, however, is to dream together in confident hope that God will shape something inside of our little blogging community.  So, we invite you to join our little conversation and to hope alongside of us.

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