To explain the gospel, you kind of need to have the end in sight

How are we going to tell a story which has no end, at least as far as we know such ends? To ask this question is, already, to ask about the eschatological imagination, which is what we’re trying to do in this book. We are trying to observe the apostolic group’s developing attempt to tell Jesus’ story when there is no known way to tell a story that is not girded about by death, and we are trying to do this because we cannot do without it if we are to try to tell the same story as they, which is to say, if we are to be faithful to the teaching of the apostles.

-James Alison, Raising Abel, p.28