The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live
:We're all going to die. Yet in our medically advanced, technological age, many of us see death as a distant reality--something that happens only at the end of a long life or to other people. In The End of...
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:We're all going to die. Yet in our medically advanced, technological age, many of us see death as a distant reality--something that happens only at the end of a long life or to other people.
In The End of the Christian Life, Todd Billings urges Christians to resist that view. Instead, he calls us to embrace our mortality in our daily life and faith. This is the journey of genuine discipleship, Billings says, following the crucified and resurrected Lord in a world of distraction and false hopes.
Drawing on his experience as a professor and father living with incurable cancer, Billings offers a personal yet deeply theological account of the gospel's expansive hope for small, mortal creatures.
Artfully weaving rich theology with powerful narrative, Billings writes for church leaders and laypeople alike. Whether we are young or old, reeling from loss or clinging to our own prosperity, this book challenges us to walk a strange but wondrous path: in the midst of joy and lament, to receive mortal limits as a gift, an opportunity to give ourselves over to the Lord of life.
J. Todd Billings (Th.D., Harvard Divinity School) is associate professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.
He is also the author of Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (Oxford University Press, 2007), for which he won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise
Most recently he has authored The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Eerdmans Press, 2010); The Lord's Supper and Salvation: The Eucharistic Doorway to a Catholic-Reformed Vision of Salvation (Eerdmans Press, 2012; Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (BakerBooks, 2011) and Calvin's Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities (Westminster John Knox Press), co-edited with I. John Hesselink.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- :<b>contents</b>introduction1. Welcome To Sheol: A Guided Tour Of Life In The Pit2. Two Views Of Mortality: Is Death An Enemy Or A Friend?3. Mortals In Denial: Living As Dying Creatures4. Interplanetary Exploration: The Strange New World Of Modern Medicine5. The Way Of Prosperity And The Christian Way6. The Fracturing Of Our Stories, And Life After Death7. Hoping For The End As Mortalsconclusionindex