After years of relying on my computer’s digital clock to keep track of time, I finally realized that I had lost all sense of time’s passing. I couldn’t figure out where all the time was going each day. Hour would merge into hour, morning into afternoon into evening. Where is my time going? I’d sit down to work at 6am and a few minutes later it was 6pm. What happened there? The hours had passed, but how? and where did they go? 10am seemed the same as 1pm and 4pm.
I looked around my study and my eye landed on an old clock I’d been meaning to throw out. One of these ancient round things with numbers round the perimeter and three different arms anchored to the center. I’m going to try that, I thought. So, out with the screwdriver and rawlplugs, and up it went just above my screen, and always in the line of sight.
A tick-tock clock
As soon as it started ticking, my life changed. I had a new, deep, and profound sense of the passing of time. Every tick was unique and unrepeatable. The tocks marched onwards unstoppably and irreversibly.
And instead of a few pixels and 4mm high digits that barely changed in appearance throughout the day I now have a very visible foot-high reminder that time is passing. 10.05 looks very different to 10.25, the sweeping arms visualizing and emphasizing the sweeping tides of time. Internet activity can now be measured in inches as well as minutes.
These new sights and sounds demand accountability and productivity. They are my way of more sincerely praying, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).
Journal of Biblical Counseling
Surely every church can afford this amazing resource. Here’s what you get for your $99. “This Journal of Biblical Counseling collection (more than 80 issues) includes over 30 years of past articles. It contains the 36 issues of the Journal of Pastoral Practice as well as every issue of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. Together this includes more than 1,000 articles, book reviews, sermons, interviews, and editorials.”
Harold Camping has a lot to answer for, not least that his outlandish views about the end of the world have increased skepticism, even among Christians, about the value of studying eschatology. Let me try to win you back by providing six practical reasons for studying the Bible’s teaching on the last things.
1. Eschatology helps us to teach the church
2. Eschatology helps us to worship God
3. Eschatology helps us to serve with zeal
4. Eschatology helps us to hope in the midst of trouble
5. Eschatology helps us to prepare for judgment
6. Eschatology helps us to look forward to heaven
You can read brief explanations of these points on the Ligonier blog where this article was originally posted.
Here are a few videos in which I try to summarize the main millennial views.