Eschatology is About a Hope-saturated Praxis

Eschatology is about a hope-saturated praxis, not figuring out days.

Update:  I had an interesting discussion with a new family to our church this morning after the service. The conversation ranged over a host of doctrinal issues. The whole experience reminded me of this post from early in 2011.


  • “Be on your guard”
  • “Keep awake.”
  • “You don’t know when it will happen.”
  • “Commands the doorkeeper to stay awake”
  • “Therefore, stay awake”
  • “You don’t know when the master will come.”
  • “Stay awake.”

Seven different ways that Jesus makes the same point in Mark 13:33-37. What’s the point?  Live today as if he might return today and you won’t have any regrets.

I love the comment shared today by Knute Larson at a preaching seminar I attended. Summarizing a quote from Martin Luther, Knute said:

“Luther said that a Christian only really has two days, today and ‘that day’ (i.e. ‘the day of the Lord’).”

A good word for all of us.

3 thoughts on “Eschatology is About a Hope-saturated Praxis

  1. I like to look at it this way:

    Live like Jesus could come tomorrow and live like he could come back in 1,000 years.

    The first keeps us aware that it is all up to Him, the second keeps us busy building a world that reflects His character without expecting to be bailed out and that it is “all going to burn anyways.”



  2. Good perspective Marty. I’ve always been eschatologically challenged and have given it very little attention. I think “be ready” is a good approach. End times discussions tend to sound like a combo of conspiracy and conjecture and so I tend to ignore the subject altogether. Thanks for the reminder and the perspective.


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