The Thrust of the Biblical Plot (RJS)

A while ago I was taken to task in a (late) comment on a post I put up discussing the Bible’s plot line. I find the short hand creation – fall – redemption – new creation or consummation (CFRC) to be an over simplification that under emphasizes the Old Testament and leaves the impression that [Read More…]

Hope is Our Foundation (RJS)

Christianity is a religion founded on hope precisely because it is founded in God and his work in the world through Jesus, the Messiah of God. The resurrection is the clearest example of this hope, but it is far from the only example in scripture. John Polkinghorne outlines New Testament insights into Christian hope and [Read More…]

If You Don’t Get the Future Wright

I’ll put it in theological terms first: if your eschatology gets skewed, your present follows along. Or. as NT Wright puts it, “Wrong future, wrong present.” I’m speaking of his new book Simply Good News. Oddly enough, many today who want to get the present right are totally ignoring — claiming at times it is all [Read More…]

Human Experience and Our Hope for the Future (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago we began a series of posts looking at John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World. After looking at insights into hope and the end of the world from the realm of science (see the previous post: The End of the World), Polkinghorne turns to [Read More…]

Revolution in Eschatology Today?

There is a widespread meme at work in how Christian theologians are now talking about the future — about heaven or the new heavens and the new earth or about the final state. It has three parts: Part A: Most Christians — seemingly all — think they go to heaven when they die and that [Read More…]

The Renewal of All Things (RJS)

The book of Revelation also known as the Apocalypse of John can be rather hard to understand. It is, after all, apocalyptic literature – a form a bit ‘interesting’ in the Old Testament prophets and every bit as ‘interesting’ here.  I don’t usually worry too much about the book, or try too hard to make [Read More…]

The Day of the Lord Will Come (RJS)

2 Peter 3 is a well known passage concerning the Day of the Lord. A vision of the judgment to come and the effect this judgment will have on creation. Scoffers doubt that the end will come, and focus on their own evil desires. 2 Peter warns the reader… But they deliberately forget that long [Read More…]

Let Creation Rejoice (RJS)

A couple of months ago I received a copy of the new book Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis by Jonathan Moo and Robert White courtesy of the publisher, IVP Academic.  With other books in progress, this is the first chance I’ve had to dig into it.  I’ve been looking for a book [Read More…]

Jesus is Coming, So Go Plant a Tree!

What one believes about the future — kingdom, heaven, utopia — determines how one lives now. What one believes, say, about heaven and kingdom determines what one believes and does when it comes to ecology. Yes, ecology. Perhaps I could say it this way: Your backyard or garden reveals your eschatology. N.T. Wright, in Surprised by [Read More…]

We Must Believe in Age Redux (RJS)

Awhile ago I put up a post derived from a collection of essays by Dorothy Sayers published in  Christian letters to a post-Christian world and republished a decade or so later as The Whimsical Christian. Although both are now out of print, used copies remain available.  Sayers deserves a far broader readership than she receives. [Read More…]