I think things went fairly well with this morning’s sermon on 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18 and our discussion of the rapture. Most of what I read in preparation for today’s sermon was offline, but I did find a few online references for those of you who would like to read more. The first place I read a traditional, non-rapture explanation was here in this article by N. T. Wright.
There is a good introduction to the Greek word apantesis (translated “meet” in 1 Thessalonians 4.17 of The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) here.
I’m still looking for a good link for parousia which is translated “coming” by the NRSV in 1 Thessalonians 4.15. However, I found the following definition by Alexander Scouter to be accurate, widely used and in the public domain: “in ordinary Greek = presence, arrival; also, technical term with reference to the visit of a king or some other official, a royal visit.”