Thursday, March 28, 2013

The intermediate hope

The intermediate hope -- the things that happen in the present time to implement Easter and anticipate the final day -- are always surprising because, left to ourselves, we lapse into a kind of collusion with entropy, acquiescing in the general belief that things may be getting worse but that there's nothing much we can do about them. And we are wrong. Our task in the present ... is to live as resurrection people in between Easter and the final day, with our Christian life, corporate and individual, in both worship and mission, as a sign of the first and a foretaste of the second.

N.T. Wright
Surprised by Hope

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