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"This Advent I am holding on for dear life to the reassurance that God intends to make the world right."
"...the outlandish language of apocalypse - all that cosmic upheaval, all those heavenly signs - may be just right for conveying Jesus' central message to folks like us."
"The season of Advent in the church year looks in two directions. It not only looks back on the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but it also looks forward to his second coming when he will return to set up his kingdom on earth. thus, every Advent season begins with an eschatological or apocalyptic text, looking toward the end of history and Jesus' return."
Long, Thomas G., "Imagine There's No Heaven: The Loss of Eschatology in American Preaching," Journal for Preachers, 2006.
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"Strangely enough, the most promising revival of eschatological hope is appearing not just among systematic theologians, but among artists and novelists, and it is to them that we must now turn."