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Engage Magazine - Fall 2013

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WORD FOR WORD People around the world long for redemption, but they do not know where to find it. The redemption, the rescue, and the restoration to what God intended is the essence of the gospel that we embrace, announce, and offer. Dr. Mark Young This great story, and the wonderful, unique privilege that we have to live out this story, gives us the privilege, then, to live as redeemed people who announce this great redemption story and offer it to others. And, so, we seek redemption in every area of life. Dr. Mark Young A solid therapeutic relationship with a Christian counselor affords the possibility of a restorative, redemptive relationship that can lead to healing and wholeness. Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich Sometimes God's faithfulness is only seen in the rearview mirror. Dr. Don Payne If Christians understand who they are and what God's redemptive program in the world entails, they will find their own mission and real fulfillment—though probably not the American dream! Dr. Bill Klein Redemption is a major theme of the Bible, but it's also something that folks in our society are really looking for. Dr. Scott Wenig Gordon MacDonald Scripture underscores our need to be rescued from the pervasiveness of the fall and to be loosed from the sundry shackles that have chained us. Nor is God's redeeming concern limited to the rescue of humans alone. Because the creation itself was not spared the ravaging effects of the great disaster, it too stands in need of liberation … the salvation process will include … the renewal of the cosmic order itself when God makes all things new. Dr. Dieumeme Noelliste CHANCELLOR BENEDICTION Professor Blomberg has well described the power of the Biblical idea of redemption. President Young has identified this redemptive initiative with the mission of Denver Seminary. Visionary students have demonstrated how it can work in the so-called real world where lives are being changed. "Sorry," came the answer. "You want it? You buy it." I recall when my mother took the redemptive theme and fleshed it out in a wonderful story: The day finally came when Reddy had the exact amount needed. He rushed to the store, placed the money on the counter, and loaded his boat into his express wagon. Leaving the store, he said, "This boat was mine because we made it. Now it's twice mine because I bought it." A boy named Reddy and his father made a model sailboat. They often sailed it in the shallow waters of a nearby lake. For Reddy, there were few happier moments. But one day, misfortune struck. A sudden wind propelled the boat into deeper waters beyond the reach of Reddy and his father. They watched as the boat floated away and eventually disappeared. Later, the sailboat turned up for sale in a hobby store. "That's my boat," Reddy protested. "I made it!" My mother described Reddy's determination to redeem his sailboat. He did odd jobs in his neighborhood and saved the money needed to buy back his boat. This simple story introduced me to the redeeming work of Jesus who died for my sins and invited me to become His follower. Like Reddy's boat, Mother said, I belonged to God twice over: He'd made me, and then He'd bought me … for a price. This powerful truth about a redeeming God should be understood by everyone from a theological scholar to an impressionable five-year-old … like me. ENGAGE  23

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