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“The eschatology of the gospels makes clear that there is a close relation between it and living in the present, and it has to do neither with resignation nor dominion but with readiness and obedience. The parables of the end – of the return of the landlord and the bridegroom – signal not slackness but seriousness in the performance of daily responsibilities, as does a similar ethic taught by Paul … Luther famously said that the right course of action if we knew that the end of the world was immanent would be to plant an apple tree.”

Colin Gunton, The Triune Creator