By J. Richard Middleton
Winner of the notice Guild Award for top e-book in bible study (2014).
In contemporary years, a growing number of Christians have come to understand the Bible's instructing that the last word blessed desire for the believer isn't an otherworldly heaven; as an alternative, it really is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness throughout the coming of God's state. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key previous testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the recent earth because the applicable Christian desire. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the variation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged world.
"Richard Middleton plunges boldly right into a most-treasured misreading of the Bible. He exhibits the way 'other-worldly' desire of 'going to heaven' is a complete misinterpret of gospel religion. In a tough, sure-footed means he walks the reader via a wealthy deposit of biblical texts to make transparent that the gospel issues the transformation of the earth and never get away from it. Middleton summons us to repentance for this kind of incorrect knowing that has had disastrous useful implications. it is a repentance that he himself avows. while his ebook catches on, it's going to have a huge influence at the method during which we expect and act approximately our universal destiny within the gospel, a standard destiny with vital socioeconomic, political derivatives."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"It isn't any small irony that most of great, Bible-believing Christians sign up for a view of lifestyles within the eschaton that's essentially unbiblical. Middleton offers a much-needed corrective in his perceptive exposition of 'holistic eschatology,' which successfully unites the outdated and New Testaments in stressing God's dedication to the flourishing of the created universe of which we're a component. This e-book is so finished, so exegetically dependent and theologically wealthy, that it may possibly serve admirably as a simple textbook on biblical theology. i will not suggest it hugely enough."
--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Richard Middleton has been one in every of my most crucial lecturers. each come upon with him adjustments me. This publication is not any diverse. assisting us see all of the undesirable hermeneutical conduct we have obtained (perpetuated via our hymns and choruses!), Middleton invitations us to learn the Scriptures afresh and spot, maybe for the 1st time, the biblical desire of a brand new earth. If learn as extensively as i'm hoping, this ebook might remodel North American Christianity."
--James K. A. Smith, Calvin university; writer of Imagining the dominion: How Worship Works
"Middleton's imaginative and prescient of the renewal of all issues is accomplished, discovered, available, and intriguing. As an extra virtue, it's true. This is a stellar piece of work."
--Cornelius Plantinga Jr., writer of Engaging God's World
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