Our age is not one of great hope; war and terror continue unabated. Despair lies hidden just below the preoccupations of daily life, and is starkly visible at many points in today's world. Directly or indirectly, the contributors to this volume seek to challenge the culture of despair. These authors, theologians and leaders, write about hope: its ground, its shape in the Bible and its expression in Christian life and worship, mission and ministry. The book challenges the church as much as the culture. Do Christians know the ground of their hope? Is the church the bearer of hope? Does its worship sustain hope? The contributors include biblical scholars, historians, systematic and pastoral theologians.