Day 12: Anticipating the Reign of God
At a Glance
The Reign of God
Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
Dan. 7:13-14; Ps. 85; Rev. 22:1-5,20-21; Mark 13:32-37
Reflections on the Lecture
Dr. Wainwright described eschatology, or the coming reign of God, in terms of four important considerations: faith, judgment, heaven, and hell. These were considered in light of the church’s understanding of the Kingdom of God. He pointed us to the fact that all creatures have a purpose as determined by God for both their body and soul. Professor Wainwright reminded us that the human race extends over time and the story of salvation is told not only for individual believers, but for the collective whole of humanity. We learned about the Kingdom of God as found in the person of Jesus and that this Jesus is revealed to us as both un-seen and seen. Finally, we looked to the liturgy as the foretaste of heaven through the practices of Baptism and Eucharist.
Dr. Wainwright left us with an amazing summarizing quote from the conclusion of a sermon by John Wesley, “The New Creation:”
And to crown all, there will be a deep, an intimate, an uninterrupted union with God, a constant communion with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, a continual enjoyment of the three in one God, for all creatures in Him.
“The baptismal candidate turns toward the west, the place of darkness…California.”
— Dr. Wainwright in plenary and speaking of baptismal orientation in terms of the sun
“He tells the truth. I wish he had more to say. But he speaks the truth.”
— DYA participant reflecting on Dr. Wainwright’s lecture
“DYA will screw up your life, but so will the Cross.”
— A DYA mentor, Whitney Fauntleroy, in final mentor group
“Okay, talkie time with God.…Let’s go.”
— A DYA participant calling his mentor group to a final prayer
On our last full day together, we enjoyed a full afternoon of free time to rest, pack, and relax with friends. Katherine Smith and Fred Edie led our closing worship, in which students were invited to receive communion in their mentor groups. The evening ended with “Friday sundaes” on the terrace and lots of singing and dancing!
Go in peace! See you Feb. 19-21, 2010 at the DYA Reunion.