Surprised By Hope

Surprised By Hope
Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
by NT Wright

pg 36 Within this world (ancient paganism & judaism), the word resurrection in its Greek, Latin and other equivalents was never used to mean life after death. Resurrection was used to denote new bodily life after whatever sort of life after death there might be.

pg 150 "Today you will be with me in paradise." Despite a long tradition of misreading, paradise is here, as in some other Jewish writing, not a final destination but the blissful garden, the parkland of rest and tranquility, where the dead are refreshed as they await the dawn of the new day.

pg 161 In the New Testament, however, immortality is something that only God possesses by nature and that he then shares, as a gift of grace rather than an innate possession, with his people.

pg 227 all people everywhere are gladly invited to come in, join the party, to discover forgiveness for the past, an astonishing destiny in God's future, and a vocation in the present.

pg 229 evangelism and conversion in the context of new creation (rules & regulations)

pg 231 re: mission of the church - fostering hope at any and every level

pg 257 lent and easter

pg 267 the central mission of the church

pg 270 modeling the mission

pg 282 the Bible is/is not

pg 288 1 Corinthians 13 - love is not our duty, it is our destiny


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