Dear Peachtree Family,
Several years ago, I received a copy of a book by N. T. (Tom) Wright called Surprised by Hope. It came as a recommendation from a friend stating this was the most important book he had read in a decade. Since this friend was not prone to melodramatic exaggerations, I began to study it carefully. Only a few pages into my reading led to this phrase:
Heaven, in the Bible, is not a future destiny but the other, hidden, dimension of our ordinary life — God’s dimension, if you like. God made heaven and earth; at the last he will remake both and join them together forever. And when we come to the picture of the actual end in Revelation 21 – 22, we find not ransomed souls making their way to a disembodied heaven but rather the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven to earth, uniting the two in a lasting embrace. (p. 19)
The Good News of individually being with Jesus after we die in eternity is real, but it’s not the whole picture. There is a larger purpose and an even deeper hope. The Lord’s Prayer states “Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Heaven is coming to Earth, not just parts of Earth getting to go to Heaven.
You can see the influence of this ultimate hope in our mission of “joining Christ daily in the restoration of all things.”
Tom is an expert in the history of the time period in which Jesus lived. He is a faithful guide for a richer understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus. I could not be more excited to share him with you this weekend in our Pentz Speaker Series.
The main event will be an interview with me on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. For those who want a preview, Tom will be giving a talk in Kellett Chapel during the 10:00 am hour. You can RSVP for the evening event here.
It is an incredible privilege to host the person I believe to be the greatest Biblical Scholar of our generation.
With hope in Christ,