Here is the second quote from the message on Sunday from James K.A. Smith's book Discipleship in the Present Tense. I (chris) actually didn't read the entire quote:
"Saint Irenaeus captures this succinctly: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Redemption doesn’t tack on some spiritual appendage, nor does it liberate us from being human in order to achieve some sort of angelhood. Rather, redemption is the restoration of our humanity, and our humanity is bound up with our mission of being God’s cocreative culture-makers. While God’s redemption is cosmic, not anthropocentric, it nonetheless operates according to that original creational scandal whereby humans are commissioned as ambassadors, and even cocreators, for the sake of the world. In an equally scandalous way, we are now commissioned as coredeemers. Redemption is the reorientation and redirection of our culture-making capacities." (pages 4-5)
What I find profound about this quote, connected with the quote from yesterday, is the reality that the task assigned to humanity in Genesis corresponds to the task given to the church post-resurrection. Being his image-bearers and participating in his work in the world is what enables us to be truly human.
I'll share a few more thoughts tomorrow and the final quote.