The Power of Hope
Rob Yule, minister of St Albans Presbyterian Church, Palmerston North, is Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aoteoroa New Zealand for 2000-2002. His opening message to the Presbyterian General Assembly, given at his installation in Knox Church, Dunedin, on 30 September 2000, dealt with the potential of hope to motivate people in times of adversity and inspire social transformation in situations that seem humanly hopeless.
Rob Yule, minister of St Albans Presbyterian Church, Palmerston North, is Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aoteoroa New Zealand for 2000-2002. He was installed at the Presbyterian General Assembly in Dunedin on 30 September 2000, which had as its theme ‘The Power of Hope’. This scholarly article on the Christian hope, published when Rob was a theological student, shows his longstanding interest in the theme of hope and its creative power to motivate people and energise social transformation in times of suffering and difficulty. It was originally published in Commentary, journal of the New Zealand Theological Students Fellowship (April 1968), pp. 5-9.
The return of Jesus is an important subject too little considered in contemporary Church life or by modern theological scholarship. In a well-researched booklet published by Affirm Publications in 1998, Rob Yule, minister of St Alban’s Presbyterian Church, Palmerston North and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aoteoroa New Zealand for 2000-2001, presents a vigorous, thoughtful and historically credible view of Jesus’ second coming. Emphasising our role and responsibility in hastening or delaying the end, it includes a fascinating section on the restoration of the Jews as a key to coming world revival.