Random Thoughts

This morning I posted a book review on Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller on Amazon. Check it out.

Speaking of Keller, he, Carson and company are leading the Gospel Coalition conference in Chicago this week. I'm having a hard time not envying the several thousand people who are there. They are live-streaming the conference messages, though, and will have free audio downloads available soon.

At Fulkerson, I just started a new series of messages called The Gospel Driven Life. This morning I learned that Michael Horton is about to release a book with the same title!

And finally, here's a quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones that arrived in my inbox yesterday. It's about why the book of Revelation was written. Given the renewed interest in end times in our area over the last few weeks - due, not least of all, to David Jeremiah's recent appearance in South Bend, I thought this might be worth posting. Consider it a (distant?) preview of an upcoming series of sermons on Revelation!

Why was the book of Revelation written? It was not written primarily, let me assure you, in order that people might be able to work out the date of the end of the world! That is a very grievous misunderstanding of the book.

The book of Revelation was written in order that God's people, who were passing through terrible persecutions and terrible adversity, might still be able to go on rejoicing. It is a book that showed them the ultimate victory of the Lord over Satan and all the other forces. They were to rejoice. It was written for men and women who had been in trouble, and was meant to primarily help them, not primarily for people who were to live two thousand years later.

And so it has been a help to Christian people in every age and in every generation. If your understanding of Revelation does not help you rejoice, then you are misunderstanding it.


Amanda said...

Oooh, I'm looking forward to your series on Revelation.

Brian G. Hedges said...

Well, like I said, this is a "distant" preview! I'm actually planning to preach through Rev 1-3 this summer. But it will be at least 2010 before I get into anything beyond that . . . We'll see!!

Amanda said...

I guess I can be patient. :)