By J. Richard Middleton
In recent times, a growing number of Christians have come to understand the Bible's instructing that the last word blessed wish for the believer isn't an otherworldly heaven; in its place, it's full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness during the coming of God's nation. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key previous testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the hot earth because the acceptable Christian desire. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged global.
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A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton