|EXPLORING CHRISTIANITY - IDENTITY||
LIFE AFTER DEATHChristianity's Hope & Challenge.
"Who am I?" is an arresting title. It is one of the most relevant questions humanity asks. Dick Tripp does well in addressing this fundamental of all issues. I am delighted that a New Zealander with the reading depth of Dick has tackled this topic because it concerns me that we don't do enough work on identifying just who we are. Indeed, all societies are consumed with this question of self-realisation. There is an increasing belief that one finds one's identity in terms of culture alone. It is therefore refreshing to see Dick tackling this assertion and putting the emphasis back on what the Scripture says. I believe Dick hits the nail on the head when he says that the heart of the problem of humanity is "we are morally flawed". He is right also in maintaining that this is not a popular assertion. The wonderful quote by Hengel provides the balance between guilt and sin and between freedom and responsibility. Dick reminds us that the way back to God provides us with a new identity as "his children". I like the way Dick doesn't fudge the issue of homosexuality and the importance of making the right choices. Dick has a great sense of humour in his treatment on this subject. The Anna Russell song exemplifies this. One of the things I love about Dick's writing is his uncanny ability to find a quote for all occasions and seasons. As a preacher I find these invaluable and will continue to use his quotes and illustrations in sermons and other talks for years to come. This booklet is a much needed one for it asserts that we are created by a loving God who has a plan for us and that our true identity can be found in him. We no longer need to be wandering around in the wilderness not knowing to whom we belong. This is great news. Thanks Dick for your clarity and your passion.
Our identity as human beings
Our identity as children of God