See the world with hopeful eyes!
Reading the Bible with an open imagination allows you to see the world as God intends.
In much of the world the good news of God has been reduced to a personal, private, psychological interaction with God that gets one ready to go to Heaven. This version of the gospel does not envision Gods Kingdom coming on earth and His will being done here as it is in Heaventhus hope for what might be is aborted.
If you believe that Christian faith is largely irrelevant to world events and that Christians have little to offer history, Soaring Hope is a thrilling, clarion call to realitythe reality of life more wonderful than you have ever imagined!
When assumptions of what cannot be done on earth are removed, and the Scriptures are allowed to speak their great hope that God is reconciling all things to Himself, then faith arises. Jesus said, "According to your faith may it be to you" (Matt. 9:29). As faith rises, the closer you move toward God.
With Soaring Hope, you can snuggle right up into the arms of your heavenly Fathertoday!
Lynn Thrush has served as senior pastor in two congregations for 34 years21 years in Southern California, where he continues to pastor. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 37 years. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.
The task of this book, as described by author Lynn Thrush, is to unpack biblical pictures of hope. Indeed, its a soaring call to imagine life as it ought to be, empty of the fatalism and negativity that is so pervasive in the Church today. Its an invitation to re-imagine the good that the Gospel can accomplish in our lives and the lives of those around us. Its a message of optimism and hope from the heart of God to a world and a Church so desperately in need of good news today.
Perry L. Engle, Bishop
Pacific and Midwest Conferences of the Brethren in Christ Church
Christians will never change the world, Lynn Thrush contends, apart from hope and imagination. But hope and imagination suffer when private morality trumps the common good and when the life to come obscures the life we live today. In this powerful, practical, and intensely constructive book, Thrush guides us into a deeper, richer, and more faithful understanding of the biblical textan understanding that can liberate Christians for the world-transforming work that God has called us to undertake.
Richard T. Hughes directs the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College and is author of Christian America and the Kingdom of God (Illinois 2009).
Thrush has a deeply hopeful understanding of Gods will for the world as revealed in the Bible. Too often peopleincluding Christiansbecome locked into a hopeless view of life and the future, sometimes appealing to the Bible in rationalizing their hopelessness. On the contrary, Thrush finds story after story in the Bible that gives people reason to hope here-and-now for the improvement of their lives and world as well as hope for eternal life.
Don Thorsen, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, and Chair of Graduate Department of Theology and Ethics, Azusa Pacific University