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Christians often dwell on a speculative future existence; we need more realism and seriousness regarding the earthiness of our created condition. Bierma probes the implications of Revelation-inspired visions of a new creation.
About the Author
Nathan Bierma is communications and research coordinator for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and contributing writer to the Chicago Tribune. His website is nbierma.com .
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I almost gave up on this book. I'm glad I didn't. Though I had trouble getting through the first 50 pages, after that, it really kept my attention.
Bierma's main point is that we're not just here on earth to wait for heaven, and heaven, when we "get there" will be a lot like earth. We're not going to sit around on clouds, playing harps. We're going to live on earth, enjoying life and community the way God intended.
I have thought this for a while, and was happy to find someone who has done some thinking and writing in this area.
But Bierma doesn't stop there. He argues convincingly that since our eternal life will be like this present life (only without all the negatives), we should live in this present life the way we will live in the eternal life, and that this is the message of the Kingdom and the Gospel. I wholeheartedly agree.
My favorite parts of the book (as with any book) is where he provides insight into tricky or controversial passages of Scripture. He spends a lot of time unpacking Isaiah 60, and also helped my understanding of 1 John 2:15 and Mark 13. I'm sure his insights will find their way into my future commentary writing.