A eucatastrophe, J.R.R. Tolkien said, is “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears.” The Bible is filled with eucatastrophes. From a brother who was sold into slavery to a king facing a kingdom ending siege. From a mother in law who lost her sons and had no one else to a queen who was facing the destruction of her people. From the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem to his resurrection from the dead. Of course the Bible is filled with eucatastrophes, because the Christian life is a eucatastrophe as, at the end of our days, we are brought to heaven. In this series we’ll look at the lives of individuals in the Bible and see how God brought them to a sudden happy ending.
Sermons in Eucatastrophe
2 December 2020
If there were a slam against the book of Esther it might be that it doesn’t seem very spiritual. Besides the questionable (at best) behaviors of the characters, there is no mention of God throughout the book. The book might seem like a series of coincidences more than anything else. But the book of Esther is the working of God from our perspective.
8 November 2020
It’s easy to feel beaten up and defeated these days. Fear is an exceptionally draining emotion, it tires us out, we see the obstacles in front of us and in our weariness we deem them insurmountable. Here is why fear is so draining: because in the process we turn our eyes away from the Lord and we oscillate between fear and defeatism. And if that is the case where are we putting our faith?
1 November 2020
Where a catastrophe is a sudden turn of events which results in disaster, a eucatastrophe is a sudden turn of events which results in good. He said that it is the “sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy which brings tears.” As J.R.R. Tolkien looked at the Bible he saw one big eucatastrophe in fact he said that the incarnation, Jesus becoming human and entering into history, was the eucatastrophe of human history. Because that was the moment where everything starts to change for the better. There’s a grand eucatastrophe in the story of Joseph. I wonder if you can tell what it is.