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.
It was Junior Hunt Day last Saturday, giving the younger Michigan hunters first shot at the deer before the adults start blasting away next week.
I took my son to a local farm and helped him set up his deer stand. Well, I made sure he didn’t fall out of the tree.
For some reason, he decided that the best place was close to these pretty bee-hives. While he seemed oblivious to the dangers, walking along the path in front of them, I gave them a very wide berth (apart from a world-record sprint there and back to get this picture).
Although it took me extra time to divert behind them and trudge through the forest to get to and from the car, I figured it was worth the extra time and effort.
Then I saw sin. Attractively painted but with multiple deadly stings. Yet how close I walk. How little danger I see. How little effort I put in to avoid it and flee it.
And there’s not even any honey in it. Just bitter deadly poison.
What’s one thing you wish you had learned in school?
I’d put my “Amen” to each of these. Oh yes, and as someone who left High School one year early and went straight into the workplace, I would have loved it if someone had jus once explained to me the “why” of education.
Math Pep Talk
It would have helped to have Barry York around as well. I sent this one to my son.
Heroes and Heroines
In the aftermath of the Paralympics, Shona writes about the parents of children that will never wear gold medals.