Oh, so that's your game is it? Provoke me into an anti-chiliast rant eh? You cheeky little basket. Well, I trust your fix of rant stopped that cold turkey dead in its tracks.
Out of curiosity, I checked a few old issues of The Researcher, and found that Finalist conferences were regularly held at:
1. First Baptist Church, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2. Sovereign Grace Conf., Rocky Mount, N Carolina
3. Glen Eyrie Navigators Conf. Centre, Colorado Springs
4. Northwest Baptist Theological College, Marine Drive, Vancouver
5. Camp Montgomery, nr Fincastle, Va.
6. Christian Church (??), Buffalo Rd, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
7. Valley Church in Roanoake, Va., and finally
8. An unspecified location in Kingston, Ontario
And that was from just a few issues. So as you can see, they were held all over the shop and not just in Sudbury. Dunno what the current situation is regarding conferences at these locations, but they certainly give the lie to Mac's claim that we don't have any.
Yes, it's a stonking review, and all the more surprising coming from a self-confessed chiliast. He doesn't tell us if he has since modified his beliefs, but at least we know he could not have come away 'unscathed', so to speak.
I'm defo getting my own copy. It's gone straight onto the missus' xmas gift wish list (try saying that after a couple of bourbons). That and maybe another half a doz. or so more books on the subject that also get good reviews. One of them costs an eye-watering $96.00 in hardcover:
......but will probably still get it despite that. Then I hafta find the time to read them all! And the shelf space to put them in.
All hopefully before the secret rapture.
The missus just found this (after I sent her the link for Jonathan Menn), which is a new one to me, and also looks v. interesting/promising:
It won the Word Guild Award for best book in Biblical Studies (2014), so can't be all bad. Haven't read the reviews yet (except for that dubious 2* 'review'), but I strongly suspect I'll need to find a bit more shelf space for yet another book.
If you get the chance to read the reviews, let me know what you think.
Yeah, I think we Christians are in for a huge surprise when eternity kicks in, and it won't be of the trapper variety either. Hoekema already hinted at it in his book (The Bible and the Future), and I strongly suspect other authors have taken their cue from him to develop this theme even further.
But back to Dean Davis. I might have missed a trick here, coz in a later post to his 'typo critic', he said this:
Yep, his review is now headed with 5*.
Glad to hear you've got it all worked out. You should write a book!
How about this for a review of Menn's masterpiece:
Riddlebarger arrived today:
Intended as an Xmas gift for my son-in-law, but I'll be taking a sneak preview before he gets it. Started reading it today, & looking good so far.