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He Ascended Into Heaven: Learn to Live an…

He Ascended Into Heaven: Learn to Live an Ascension-Shaped Life

by Tim Perry

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This slim, popular level volume aims at helping contemporary Christians recover the significance of the ascension for the Christian life. Perry & Perry contend that this is a doctrine, affirmed in the Creeds but not thought much of, or demythologized by contemporary critics rather than celebrated as a historical event.

The Perry brothers argue that the Ascension happened and because it happened the events Christ's Incarnation, His Death and Resurrection are given their full meaning. They also discuss the paradoxical nature of Christ's absence and presence for us.

On a 'practical side' they talk about how the ascension impacts the Christian Life by examining confession, martyrdom and the sacraments.

This book is more suggestive than conclusive. In my mind the authors talk about more than "ascension" though they view the ascension as the capstone of Christ's earthly work. I read this thinking ahead to Ascension day next week. As a not particularly liturgical Christian, I found this book fruitful for thinking through the significance of Christ's ascension but I am following up reading it with Douglas Farrow's meatier Ascension and Ecclesia. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
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Why do you stand looking up toward heaven? That's what the angels said to the baffled disciples who had just experienced the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Peter, James, John, and the others stood there, squinty into the sky, trying to make sense of it all. Tim and Aaron Perry confess to being baffled, too. For centuries, Christians have confessed "He ascended into heaven" in their creeds - but what do these words actually mean? The Perry's offer a probing look at this unfamiliar doctrine, and offer new insight into how the actual event can shape the life of a follower of Jesus.… (more)

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