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St. B's Blog

St. B's Blog

Surprised by Hope: Chapter 8, When He Appears

In the introduction to Chapter 8, Wright expresses his hope that the preceding chapters have led us to a renew focus on “the personal presence of Jesus, as opposed to his absence.”  We are blessed to be able to experience the Lord’s presence daily in extraordinary ways; ...

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Surprised by Hope, Chapter 7: Jesus, Heaven, and New Creation

"It is impossible to collapse the ascension into the resurrection or vice versa" (109). Wright takes on an explanation of the mystifying topic of the ascension in the beginning of Chapter 7, by explaining and ultimately just reminding us that the body of Jesus has never disappeared. ...

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Surprised by Hope, Chapter 6: What the Whole World's Waiting For.

In Chapter 6 of Surprised by Hope, Wright wonders if we have been so influenced by Gnosticism/Platonism and evolutionary optimism (explained in Ch. 5) that we have settled for something less than the hope of the Gospel. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “look at the youth today and ...

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Surprised by Hope: Chapter 5, Cosmic Future: Progress or Despair.

“What is God’s purpose for the world as a whole?” This question is the topic for Part II, but before Wright addresses how real Christian hope answers this question, he dedicates a short chapter to discussing and evaluating two opposing worldviews, which he names ...

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