Death Will Not Have the Last Word

Only the church can declare the message that it has heard: that through Christ and faith in his victory, death will not have the last word; that violence, oppression and injustice will not be an unending struggle; that disease and hunger will not claim the bodies of millions forever.  It is the victory of the seed of the woman over the seed of the serpent that Christ has achieved and the visible effects of that conquest will be fully realized when Christ returns in glory.  Right now Christ is ruling from heaven, in common grace over the nations and in saving grace through the proclamation of the gospel (Colossians 1:15-23)

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 177

The Greatest Paradox of the Twentieth Century

The twentieth-century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.

– Alistar McGrath

as quoted by Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, copyright 2008, page

The Ultimate Purpose of Jesus

The world is not simply a theatre for individual conversion narratives, to be discarded at the end when we all go to heaven.  No, the ultimate purpose of Jesus is not only individual salvation and pardon for sins but also the renewal of this world, the end of disease, poverty, injustice, violence, suffering and death.

– Tim Keller, Prodigal God, copyright 2008, page 110