Salvation Means Creation Healed: The Ecology of Sin and Grace: Overcoming the Divorce between Earth and Heaven

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The Bible promises the renewal of all Creation-a new heaven and earth-based on the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For centuries this promise has been sidelined or misunderstood because of the church's failure to grasp the full meaning of biblical teachings on creation and new creation.

The Bible tells the story of the broken and restored relationship between God, people, and land-not just God and people. This is the full gospel, and it has the power to heal the church's long theological divorce between earth and heaven. Jesus' resurrection in the power of the Holy Spirit is the key, and the church as Christ's body is the primary means by which God is reconciling all things through Jesus Christ. Jesus' ultimate healing of all creation is the great hope and promise of the gospel, and he calls the church to be his healing community now through evangelism, discipleship, and prophetic mission.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608998883
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,289,982
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard A. Snyder holds the Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. His numerous books include The Problem of Wineskins (1975), The Community of the King (1977, 2004), and EarthCurrents: The Struggle for the World's Soul (1995). Joel Scandrett is a visiting professor of theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and former academic editor at InterVarsity Press. He holds a Ph.D. from Drew University, where he worked closely with Thomas Oden in the development of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (IVP).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: A Healthy Church on a Sick Planet? xiii

Part 1 The Divorce of Heaven and Earth

1 The Great Divorce in Christian Theology 3

2 Church History: Sealing the Divorce 11

3 Streams of Renewal: Hope for Reconciliation 28

4 The Hole in the Christian Worldview 40

Part 2 The Disease and the Cure

5 The Ecology of Sin 65

6 The Groans of Creation 82

7 The Gospel: A Complete Cure 93

Interlude-God Works in Cycles and Seasons 111

Part 3 The Healing Mission of God

8 Mission: God, People, Land 17

9 Mission and the Kingdom of God 135

10 Mission, Healing, and the End of Eschatology 145

Part 4 The Healing Community

11 Rediscovering the Church 167

12 The Marks of Healing Community 185

13 The Community of Earth and Heaven 206

Conclusion: Living New Creation Now 220

Bibliography 229

General Index 235

Scripture Index 255

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