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Telos (Paperback)

The Hope of Heaven Today

Authors: Leonard SweetLen Wilson

SKU: 978-1-953495-39-6

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To live a better Christian story, we need a better vision of the end. In this book, the authors ask three core questions: 1) What happens at the end of our present age? 2) What exactly is the kingdom of God? 3) What are the signs? Telos explores why bad theology about the end leads to decisions that are destructive and harmful and why we can’t divorce our ideas about the future from our present reality – or the present reality of the kingdom from the truth about the end. The result is a hopeful exploration of a word largely lost to the English speaking Christian world: Telos - the hope of heaven today.

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  • Delivery method: Physical
  • Weight: 1.0875 lbs
  • Length: 9"
  • Width: 6"
  • Height: 2"

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I do not have enough words to describe my amazement and wonder at this literary and theological masterpiece. Not since C. S. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity has a book so creatively reflected on the overarching narrative of our faith; so compellingly realigned our understanding of the end time with the teachings of Jesus. I have no doubt it will reset our understanding of time and eschatology.

In this timely book, one that will soon become timeless, Len Sweet and Len Wilson offer us a much-needed, fresh understanding of the future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. After creatively guiding us through six competing endings for the world in church and culture, the authors invite us to discover that truth is not a proposition but a person. Our eyes are opened to the fact that in Jesus, past, present and future exist simultaneously. Our beginning and ending, our telos, is anchored in Him. In and through Him, heaven has invaded the earth. Jesus is the kingdom come.

Stephan Joubert
Stephan Joubert
Extraordinary Professor, Contemporary Ecclesiology, University of the FreeState, South Africa, & founder of ekerk, a digital online faith community


Forget everything you think you know about the end and discover how you can start living a better story today – no matter what the future holds.

Are we living through the beginning of the end?

The end has indeed begun – but it is not the special effects explosion many of us imagine. For too long, we’ve gotten the end wrong, which leads to poor decisions with dead-end consequences. To live a better Christian story, we need a better vision of the end.

Telos argues for a new way of looking at the end: as the culmination of God’s grand story. It introduces Jesus’ most important word in describing the end: the Greek word telos. Telos is the rhythm of human history; the presence of God; the plot, purpose, and completion of the story. The end is the kingdom of God, and the kingdom is here and now.

In the book, Rev. Dr. Leonard Sweet and Dr. Len Wilson challenge six false endings playing out in the world today, which result in tragedy and despair. Through an examination of cultural and philosophical trends converging in today’s chaotic times, Sweet and Wilson show how many of the problems plaguing American Christianity are rooted in bad theology and offer a better definition of God’s kingdom: the present reality of the presence of God that gives us hope for today and tomorrow.

Telos will help you gain:

  • An understanding of the philosophical and culture movements that fuel our wrong ideas about the end of the world and the problems they are creating today
  • A new perspective on time – past, present, and future ­– and why God’s kingdom is more than a place or singular moment in history
  • A positive vision of the future based on the true meaning of the kingdom of God
  • A new way of engaging culture without culture warring
  • A worldview that empowers you to live with more hope and peace every day, even in chaotic times

A lot has been written about the kingdom of God, but nothing like this. This book is an invitation to stop worrying about the future or running yourself ragged trying to build the kingdom and to instead step into the life of the kingdom that is available to you now.

If you want to know what happens in the end, how telos helps us live in the stream of the Spirit, and how to live a better story today – no matter what the future holds – read what may be the most important book of our time.