Our world is hungry for salvation, but we don’t always know how to talk about it. Christians agree that God cares about people's lives both in this world and into eternity. But the ways we describe salvation often separate the spiritual from the material. Many groups emphasize one at the expense of the other, limiting the picture of what God has to offer.
Mark Teasdale works to bridge the gaps by taking up Jesus’ language of abundant life. This life is something Jesus invites us to participate in—to seek both for ourselves and for others. It’s rich and multidimensional, not splitting spirits and minds from bodies and material needs. By connecting biblical perspectives of holistic salvation to contemporary concepts of well-being, Teasdale also shows how Christians can both better communicate in secular settings as well as partner with all people regardless of their faith to seek the common good.
Incorporating concepts of material standard of living and subjective quality of life, Teasdale argues, gives Christians common language to share the promise of abundant life with those who hold to secular commitments. Yet we must also boldly present Jesus invitation to eternal life and discipleship. For churches, ministry leaders, and laypeople Teasdale offers ideas to improve and measure methods of promoting all dimensions of salvation for the good of others.
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In a myopic, dichotomized, secular world, Mark Teasdale offers a whole meal of the gospel of Jesus as expansive salvation and superabundant life that both the Bible and theological traditions have witnessed. Sit with Mark and your mind will be transformed and drawn to an enchanted life that is good, happy, beautiful, and perfect.
—K. K. Yeo, Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
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