Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017: Simple Hope

by / Friday, 18 August 2017 / Published in Worship

Faith sees in the resurrection of Christ not the eternity of heaven, but the future of the very earth on which his cross stands.  It sees in him the future of the very humanity for which he died.  That is why it finds the cross the hope of the earth.

― Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope


What hope is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.

— Emil Brunner, Eternal Hope


U.K. sitcoms tend to be darker than American ones, encouraged by a powerful public broadcasting system whose aim is to serve the varying tastes of taxpayers, not the upbeat preferences of advertisers, and by a national psyche fixated on the immutability of the class system, not on a dream of self-improvement.  Americans believe that things will get better.  Brits laugh at how things stay the same.  To become a hit in the United States, “The Office” not only had to transform the tragic, grating boss into a less tragic, less grating, more well-meaning boss; it had to cast off the message, central to the British original, that work is where you go to waste your life.

— Willa Paskin on the differences the U.K and U.S versions of The Office