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With a pastoral vacancy, our worship planning team was challenged to find a way to keep our Sunday evening services engaging, using talent from within the congregation. We've had a lot of creative opportunities for different members to contribute. During Lent, we're reading through and discussing N.T. Wright's book, "Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church." We're only through the first four chapters so far, but they have provoked some very interesting conversation, and spurred us to careful Scriptural examination. Wright is writing from his own particular perspective as an Anglican bishop, and it is interesting to see how his theology jives with our Reformed perspective. While it wasn't intentional on our part, this is an excellent book for Lent, as we look forward to Easter. Wright points out early on that Easter is the center of Christian Hope. I think that our celebration of Easter will come with some new insights this year. Has anyone else read this book with a group from church? I'm curious to hear about how other's feel Wright's theology compares to the CRC's.


I usually like Wright a lot, and find him carefully biblical, and this book really resonated with me! By God's good grace, I read it very shortly before losing my daughter to leukemia (Nov 1). It was excellent preparation for that loss and the journey of grief. Truly we mourn, but not as those who have no hope. He is risen.

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