Book Review / April 4, 2021
Book Review - Making All Things New

Making All Things New

Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church
By: Benjamin L. Gladd and Matthew S. Harmon

Book Review

In my reading experience, this is a rather unique book targeted to pastors / elders / church leaders. It is a theologically rich book with the actuated goal of being tethered to the life of the church in a practical way. Gladd and Harmon carry forward Beale's life-long work of presenting God's Kingdom in an eschatological perspective from beginning to end. As the subtitle says, they pay special attention to how this applies to the church today.

Overall they did a good job seeing this through, however, I felt several times the scales tipped too far towards continuity and an amillennial approach. For folks who lean towards dispensationalism, they will have to squint at a few of the ways some of the biblical texts are handled. However, I believe it is worth it to consider the book's premise.

One other minor weakness in my opinion is that the book can be a little choppy as rich theological concepts are applied to the life of the church. A lot of detail is given to bringing Beale's premise to this book in a practical way. It is just hard to do that in a short book. It is hard to move from depths of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and how that applies to the practical daily life of the church.

Book Review / Apr 4
Book Review - Making All Things New

Making All Things New

Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church
By: Benjamin L. Gladd and Matthew S. Harmon

Book Review

In my reading experience, this is a rather unique book targeted to pastors / elders / church leaders. It is a theologically rich book with the actuated goal of being tethered to the life of the church in a practical way. Gladd and Harmon carry forward Beale's life-long work of presenting God's Kingdom in an eschatological perspective from beginning to end. As the subtitle says, they pay special attention to how this applies to the church today.

Overall they did a good job seeing this through, however, I felt several times the scales tipped too far towards continuity and an amillennial approach. For folks who lean towards dispensationalism, they will have to squint at a few of the ways some of the biblical texts are handled. However, I believe it is worth it to consider the book's premise.

One other minor weakness in my opinion is that the book can be a little choppy as rich theological concepts are applied to the life of the church. A lot of detail is given to bringing Beale's premise to this book in a practical way. It is just hard to do that in a short book. It is hard to move from depths of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and how that applies to the practical daily life of the church.

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