Hope shapes what we think of the future and our purpose in life. Yet in Hong Kong, despite its insatiable energy, do the high walls of the city block out the light of hope?
Hope seems to be a problem – a broken promise that is never satisfied. Is hope like a fairy tale, a story we want to live out 'happily-ever-after' but is ultimately a matter of make believe? Or do such fairy tales point to a deeper truth? At the heart of the Christian message is a story of hope - what JRR Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings, calls the 'Ultimate Story.' It was this story which persuaded Tolkien's friend and colleague, C.S. Lewis to find faith and write new narratives of hope. But what's so different about this 'Ultimate Story?' Why should we believe this story?
Dr. Timothy Keller is a New York Times best-selling author and the leading thinker in the contribution of faith to the flourishing of cities. A recipient of publication awards on leadership, Dr. Keller is the founding pastor of New York Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.