Be committed to Jesus wherever you are! That’s how I would summarize Jeremy Writebol’s wonderful book called everPresent. Writebol’s goal is to “help you see how being present in the everyday places we inhabit is missional living” (17). He also purposes to help the reader “understand God more fully so you will live as his people more faithfully” while also bringing “the technique of disciple-making down a few notches to show you how God equips everyday, ordinary people to be his “sent ones” as they live their lives in the presence of unbelievers” (17).
In the first half of the book, Writebol lays the theological groundwork for his argument. In chapter one, he sets forth a biblical theology of place by reminding the reader that God created all places for his glory and that God is ever-present in all places. These theological truths are helpful because they teach that there is no secular/sacred divide when it comes to place, though we often make such a dichotomy. The church building is no more holy than the home if God is to be glorified supremely in both. These theological truths also get the reader to ask two questions: How can the place where God has ordained me to be right now better reflect his glory, and what is my role in seeing it happen?
In chapter two, Writebol explains how sin dislocates us from God and why there are places on earth that are not filled with the glory of God. In chapter three, Writebol details how Jesus restores and relocates sinners to God by being dislocated from heaven to die for the sins of his people. In chapter four, Writebol discusses that Jesus came also to renovate (redeem) the physical cosmos. He makes a compelling argument from the Bible why Christians should reject a spiritual/physical divide with regard to redemption, noting that Christians so often focus on the spiritual aspect of redemption to the neglect of the physical. And, he emphasizes, “