Jim Hamilton on His New Revelation Commentary by Denny Burk
This book is an excellent exposition of the text, and I commend it to you. I am grateful that Hamilton took some time to answer some of my questions about the book of revelation and his interpretation of it.
But I would say if by the quote he is meaning we can function as healthy followers of Jesus on our own, without being part of some form of a structured local church, whether a house church or a large church, then I would say that is incorrect theology he would be advocating about what church is and what a Christian’s role [is] as being part of a local church.
There are important lessons to be learned from the life and career of Christopher Hitchens, and they are lessons we must not fail to contemplate. In the final analysis, Christians have far less to fear from atheists or antitheists as we do from what Hitchens called “the generalized agnosticism of our culture.” We agree with him that the question of the existence and identity of God is nothing less than the most powerful and urgent question humanity will ever confront.
When Roger Olson announced he was releasing a book, part of a two-book counter-point effort along with Michael Horton, titled Against Calvinism, there was hope for something that might engage the real strength of Reformed theology—the clear and consistent exegesis of the biblical text that the “young, restless and Reformed” have found so compelling. But even before its release, Dr. Olson gave clear indication that its focus was not going to be exegetical. Instead, as the book substantiated, his argument can be summarized fairly easily: the God of Calvinism is a “moral monster,” and Calvinists simply need to think through their beliefs far enough to see what Olson has been able to see.
January Book Giveaway From Crossway!
Zach Nielsen is giving away books, such as Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile, Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches by Jim Hamilton, and Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation by Anthony Bradley (editor).