The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of Christ is out now in the UK. This is my latest book and is co-written with Jonny Woodrow, the European Director of the Porterbrook Network. It will be available in the US on 1 May and can be ordered now from amazon.com.
This is the first publication in a WEST Porterbrook imprint with Christian Focus which will focus on ‘theology for mission’.
Here’s the blurb …
Has Jesus left his church with an embarrassing problem? We claim he’s alive yet he’s nowhere to be seen. Wouldn’t it have been easier for us if he’s stayed on earth? Then we could talk with him as the disciples did during his earthly ministry and he could tour the world proving his claims. Does the ascension mean he’s now distant from us? This book shows how Jesus secures our salvation as our ascended Priest. Humanity is now in the presence of God. As our King, Jesus directs our mission from the throne of the universe. The ascension offers a message of great assurance and great challenge.
And here are some endorsements …
“Sceptics, young believers and longstanding Christians alike will be intrigued and challenged in turn as they come to realise the immense – and immensely practical – consequences of the Ascension. Glorious and unexpected truths are here constantly laid bare for our wonder and our joy.”
Jonathan Stephen, Principal Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST)
“The writers show us the Bible’s answers to these questions and many more. If you have ever wondered why the ascension is critical to being a disciple of Jesus or why it wasn’t just a bad strategy by God that removed the main evidence for Christianity, you will find plenty of help here.”
Marcus Honeysett, Director of Living Leadership and author of Finding Joy, Kent, England.
“Chester and Woodrow have given us a gift that will lift our eyes from this temporal horizon to the steppes of eternal joys of our High Priest in heaven.”
Eric C. Raymond ~ Executive Pastoral Assistant and Bible Professor in Residence New Canaan Baptist Church, Washington, DC Council Member, The Gospel Coalition.
“With the publication of Chester and Woodrow’s The Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God, I’m grateful to be able to point others to an accessible and inspiring study of this central Christian doctrine. In reading this book, Christians will find their minds sharpened and hearts warmed. Delightfully, the book ends with an Ascension hymn. Theology leads to doxology.”
Robert L. Plummer – Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.