Life Gets in the Way of “Hope”

I've been pretty excited to blog chapter by chapter through NT Wright's Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  However, my initial plan to review a chapter every Monday and Thursday has run smack into the wall of life.  Since I first announced my intention to blog this bookContinue reading “Life Gets in the Way of “Hope””

Surprise By Hope: Neither Progressive Nor Damned

This is the fifth post in a series examining N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  Today we're looking at Chapter 5: Cosmic Future: Progress or Despair? This is the briefest chapter since Chapter 1, and appropriately so.  Chapter 5 serves as an introduction to Part II: God's Future Plan. Continue reading “Surprise By Hope: Neither Progressive Nor Damned”

Surprised by Hope: The Resurrection Changes the Whole Story

This is the fourth post in a series examining N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  Today we're looking at Chapter 4: The Strange Story of Easter. The first time I read Chapter 4, The Strange Story of Easter, I didn't underline much or make many margin notes.  And asContinue reading “Surprised by Hope: The Resurrection Changes the Whole Story”

Surprised by Hope: Delay of Game

The blogpost due today on Chapter 4 of NT Wright's Surprised by Hope – part of a series on that book – will be delayed by one day.  A full day of work and chores, coupled with a very good Eagles-Cowboys game (in progress, as of this writing), are to blame. Please check in laterContinue reading “Surprised by Hope: Delay of Game”

Surprised by Hope: Yup, Resurrection Involves Our Bodies

This is the third post in a series examining N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  Today we're looking at Chapter 3: Early Christian Hope in its Historical Setting. This chapter can be summarized in a simple sentence: Resurrection is real.  To extrapolate that sentence into two subpoints, we canContinue reading “Surprised by Hope: Yup, Resurrection Involves Our Bodies”