“Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church” by N.T. Wright.
Sunday evenings, 5-7pm, at the manse
February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18
N.T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright asserts that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is the bodily resurrection of Jesus. He shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community’s hope. But he doesn’t stop there. He convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about live before death. If God intends to renew the whole creation - and if this has already begun in Jesus’ resurrection - the church cannot stop at ‘saving souls’ but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God’s kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life. N.T. WRIGHT is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews.