Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth
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The Bible has a lot to say about Christ's return—it is mentioned more than three hundred times throughout the New Testament. We often downplay this doctrine because the precise details are debated. However, these passages are in Scripture to build our hope and joy in the here and now.

Coming Home: Essays on the New Heaven and New Earth is a compilation of expository messages from eight leading Bible teachers, including Tim Keller, John Piper, and D. A. Carson. This collection of essays explores the theme of redemption from Genesis to Revelation—stirring up within us a longing for our future home and filling us with joyful hope in light of Jesus' return.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 143355397X
ISBN-13: 9781433553974

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D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and serves as the lead pastor for New City Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as adjunct professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Mission, Vision, and Legacy.

Timothy J. Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeThis Momentary MarriageA Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the seminary at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. The author of a number of books, including Family Driven FaithThe Ever-Loving Truth, and Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors, Baucham is also a pastor, church planter, and conference speaker.

Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.

Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.

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  1. Paul Smith
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    April 4, 2017
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    Having read N.T. Wright's magisterial "The Resurrection of the Son of God" and his "Surprised by Hope," I was anticipating a much deeper discussion of "the new heaven and new earth" from the list of contributors. When I ordered the book I was unaware that the "essays" are actually written forms of eight plenary addresses at the 2015 national conference of the Gospel Coalition (per the intro by D.A. Carson). That was probably my bad, but the form directly impacts the value of the book. If you were present at the conference, or if you love Keller, Piper, Carson and some of the other contributors, you will absolutely love the book. If you are looking for a nuanced, in-depth discussion of the new heaven and new earth, you will leave wondering why you purchased the book.

    Two examples illustrate my frustration. First, John Piper makes the following assertion, "The twentieth century was the century of the greatest expansion of the Christian church in the history of the world." (p. 39) REALLY!? The twentieth century eclipsed the 1st century, or the 18th, or maybe even the 19th, in terms of the expansion of the church? Astounding chronological snobbery (to borrow from C.S. Lewis). This has nothing to do with the new heaven and new earth, but such unguarded statements tend to detract from the overall quality of a person's arguments. Second, Augustus Nicodemus Lopes, in discussing John 14:1-14, makes the following statement, "It appears from verse 2 that the Father's house is heaven, the place of God's dwelling. But as we know, heaven is not our final destination!" (p. 68) You would think from the exclamation point that Lopes has either established that heaven is not our final destination, or that he will in a subsequent paragraph establish why he opines that heaven is not our final destination. But, no, and no. Just an exuberant declaration of fact. It is just that point that I was anticipating some serious hermeneutical groundwork. Most Christians DO believe heaven is our final destination, and to dismiss that belief with a rhetorical wave of the hand does not do justice to their belief, nor to the heavy-lifting that must be done to correct that belief. It is exactly at this point that the book falls flat.

    As I mentioned, the fact that this is a collection of writings that had their origin in conference speeches dictates that the content will be much different than a collection of carefully argued and written essays. However, if the prospective buyer is looking for an in-depth discussion of the increasingly hot-button issue of the Christian's eternal destiny, he or she will not find it here.

    If you enjoy reading Tim Keller, John Piper, D.A. Carson, et.al., then you will have a much different opinion of the contents of this book. Do not let this review dissuade you from purchasing it, but be aware of what it is, and claims to be, and what it is not. I was just really disappointed.
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