Q&A with Mitch Chase (Short of Glory)

Q&A with Dr. Chase about Hope for all the Earth and Resurrection Hope

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Q&A with Dr. Chase

Evan: What led you to write Short of Glory?

Dr. Chase: Genesis 3 is a fascinating chapter, and I wanted to reflect on how it connects to the rest of Scripture. In Short of Glory, my goal was to explore these interconnections and to frame the disciple’s life in terms of following Jesus in a fallen world. We know things aren’t the way they should be, and praise God that things aren’t the way they will be. Promises will be kept, and new creation is coming. In order to behold the beauty of the gospel, we need to process–as much as we’re able with our mortal minds–the gravity of our sinful condition and this broken world. I wanted to write an accessible volume that showed how Genesis 3 connects to the storyline of Scripture and to the life of the Christian.

Evan: What do you hope readers learn from this work?

Dr. Chase: First, I hope readers will see afresh how absolutely crucial Genesis 3 is to the epic of God’s Story. Life looks different before and after Genesis 3. Coming to this chapter, then, readers cross a narrative threshold that has reverberations throughout human history and to the present day. Second, I want readers to notice the various themes rooted in Genesis 1-3 that are then worked out across the rest of Scripture. In Genesis 3, we see things like shame, temptation, the adversary of God’s people, faith, messianic hope, judgment, and more. By reflecting on the early appearance of these themes, our grasp of later parts of Scripture will increase. Third, I would love for readers to behold how glorious the good news about Jesus is. The event of the “fall” helps us remember that we are sinners in need of a Savior, and in Genesis 3 the Savior was promised.

Thank you Dr. Chase for the Q&A! May the Lord continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry!

Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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