Easter’s Promise: Hope for a Suffering World

I am making an attempt at writing a book, or what I hope will become a book.  The preliminary title is “Easter’s Promise: Hope for a Suffering World.”  Here is the layout I envision:

 

Introduction:    My Story, Our Story

 

Part 1:              Rediscovering the Foundation

 

Chapter 1:        Job:  The Problem We Face

 

Chapter 2:        Job:  Renewed Confidence in God

 

Part 2:              The Unfolding Story of Hope

 

Chapter 3:        In the Beginning

 

Chapter 4:        A Future Oriented Faith

 

Chapter 5:        The Future Breaks the Present

 

Chapter 6:        Presently Anticipating the Future

 

Part 3:              The Realization of Hope

 

Chapter 7:        The Picture of Hope

 

Chapter 8:        Until Then

 

I begin with my own story of suffering which surrounds the death of my son and my younger brother as an introduction to my journey from a simplistic faith to a wrecked faith and then to a renewed faith as the basis for why I am writing and what will follow in the book. 

 

The first section I spend looking at the story of Job.  I decided to start with Job because the story of Job is the existential problem we all live in.  Like Job, we don’t have the luxury of knowing what takes place in the heavenly court (the epilogue of Job).  However, we learn about that God is both sovereign and mystery from Job.

 

The second section will deal with the promise of Easter (hope) as an unfolding narrative within scripture.  First, we begin with God as creator and his creative act.  What do we know about his intention or purpose for creating (which is related to his purpose for redemption).  From there we begin seeing this future oriented faith unfold in the promise to Abraham and the story of Israel.  Through the incarnation, the life of Jesus, we discover the future oriented faith breaking into the present.  Lastly, the story teaches us that in Christ, we Christians presently live out a faith that anticipates and is shaped by the future (eschatology).

 

The last section is more practical.  I want to first deal with what this hope looks like.  Thus, what does it mean to live with such hope?  And secondly, until that hope is fully known, how to we live it out?

 

While I hope that the book will reflect good theology and Biblical exegesis, my intended audience will be the congregational level.  Thus, I envision most readers having some education beyond high school but not any specific theological training.  I don’t have any time table for trying to complete this project, as undertaking this project and completing it will be a learning process for me.  If you are reading this and you have written a book or are in the process of writing that book, I am open to suggestions.

4 responses to “Easter’s Promise: Hope for a Suffering World

  1. I like beginning with the existential reality of suffering and using Job as a paradigmn to interpret our own experience of suffering…to sit with Job and let Job sit with us.

    The interplay of suffering and hope–the present and future–is an important point. I like the second section because it plays on this, but does it in a narrative fashion.

    Ending with hope–which is our basic response to suffering in Christ–is wonderful.

    I hope in the practical section at the end you will get really down to earth about how it feels, how it transforms, how we live in community with both lament and hope….

    Blessings on your writing, my friend.

  2. It sounds good. Keep us posted on the writing and then publication.

    From the title it looks like you start well, with resurrection. Just please don’t leave us with resurrection and then heaven as our hope. Keep in mind the New Heavens/New Earth.

  3. How is the job search going.? I see the middle as Christ. Everyone coming closer to Him.

    http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org

  4. Wonderful.
    Sounds fantastic.
    I can’t wait.
    Keep up the great work and all you do to strengthen us by your blog and comments on others.

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