Liverpool Central Library

I called at Liverpool Central Library last month. Although very much a part of the old nineteenth-century classically constructed block of buildings around St George’s Hall, its interior is markedly different. Much as I love the solidity of the past, the modernity of the library I thought spectacular. It reminded me of Peter Jackson’s depictions of the elven strongholds in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films. Interweaving staircases, twinkling lights, open sky and crafted woodwork all create a sense of magic, but without any hint of obsoletion or stuffiness.

To many, the gospel is archaic; old fashioned, antiquated and out of step. Its churches are old, its adherents are old, its teachings are old. Yet at its heart is life and newness, energy and joy. The Eternal One is at its core, who was ancient before time began while being as fresh and dynamic as though He were dazzlingly new.

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 John 5:11