Book Review: The Future of Everything by William Boekestein

vtd0plnEnd times is such a sticky topic that leaves people ignoring it. And Christians are giving it a bad name through books. Books are notorious in that it they present the last things as a conspiratorial that brings paranoia to people or a dry academic one that no one wants to read.

The Future of Everything brings out the true purpose of end times by providing a very practical and personal approach on this sticky topic. Like evidential apologetics books, I also skip these kinds of books because for me it will consume my reading time, I find it boring and go into a never ending debate over the millennium. The Future of Everything is not that kind of book (thankfully). This book will reinforce your need study the last things, examine yourself in light of eternity and ignites a zeal to work for the coming Kingdom now.

I’m completely sold out with the personal eschatology section. This is my favorite part of this great book. Boekestein placed it in the early part of the book which I’m glad he did. It’s like taking the reader to look at the microscopic view first then on the next section, Boekestein lets the reader peek at a telescope to see the big picture of  the end times.

Death and dying in an eschatology book are rare but in this book the author did  something penetrating to the reader. For me this is the highlight of this section that really get readers come to terms on how the end times and their personal end times (death) intersect.

Part 3 is where the general presents the discussion about the millennium and Christ return. This is the primer part of the book. The Future of Everything is more than a primer it an action book that will drive you to toil for the Kingdom while there is time (Part 4 discusses that).

William Boekestein did an outstanding job in every section of this book. I’m very satisfied with what he want to deliver in this book. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up #112

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It’s the last month of the first quarter of the year. How’s you reading list? What books are you reading now? If you’re on the reading challenge of Goodreads it’s great. As for me I’m lagging ahead with a couple of books to read to catch up according to them. I hope I’ll do some fast reading next time.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from William Boekestein book The Future of Everything. If you enjoyed these quotes, please do purchase the book by clicking this link.

“No one is ready to die who is not entrusting their eternity to the eternal Son of God.”

“God doesn’t give us prophecy so that we can build elaborate time lines or speculate on the precise manner in which God will keep His word. He speaks about our future so that we will live faithfully in the present. He speaks to the contemporary audience to develop in us a robust vision for the end.”

“Every election cycle tempts us to either embrace the incoming leaders as messianic manifestations of God’s salvation or cower before the new regime as a sure sign of the end of the world as we know it. A balanced eschatology assures us that our current leader is neither our savior nor one of the riders of the apocalypse, nor was the previous leader, nor will be the succeeding leader.”

“Studying the last things is like getting to the end of a novel; the entire story begins to make sense. Abraham Kuyper noted that every other division of theology “left some question unanswered, to which eschatology should supply the answer.”

“God invites us to meditate on the future, not to speculate or altercate but to better share His perspective on this life and the life to come. And this is how we should study the topic. The way Scripture and the church’s historic confessions teach eschatology is much more like gazing upon a dazzling sunset than analyzing and describing the chemical properties of the sun.”

“Speculative eschatology is a sign of biblical illiteracy and spiritual immaturity. When it comes to the end times, we need to put childish ways behind us and listen to what God says.”

“Eschatology, the study of the last things, is a fancy word for something we all already do. All of us think about the end.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up #85

tpn6bjcHowdy! It’s a great day to sit down, chill and sip your favorite drink! And while at it, add some awesomeness in your day by reading our latest collection of quotes.  This time we are featuring fresh quotes from the book “Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ” by John F. MacArthur Jr. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Ultimately, the gospel is not for the proud, the arrogant, or those who believe they can get to God by themselves. God intentionally chose a foolish message to humble us and to guarantee that no one would boast in his or her own intelligence. He chose the cross to stifle any inclination in us to think we got to Him on our own. All the glory goes to God.”

“The world must hear the message of Jesus Christ, and we have the precious privilege of serving as His ambassadors and heralds. May we never be so content with our theology—never so satisfied with our salvation and sovereign grace—that we forget that our great God has not only saved us but has also called us to be the means by which He will save others.”

“Make no mistake: the rise of postmodern Christianity and the supposed wideness in God’s mercy isn’t a harmless, potentially helpful theological perspective. It’s a direct assault on the gospel work of the church and an affront to the integrity of countless believers who suffered and died throughout its history.”

“If you can’t even muster the temerity to speak the name of Christ in public, what confidence can you have that He is faithfully interceding on your behalf? If you’re ashamed of the gospel, it’s a strong indication that you have yet to believe it. True, saving faith must not be hidden away. It ought to be the most public thing about you.”

“True believers cannot lose their salvation, but they can forfeit their joy and usefulness. They can sow confusion, doubt and discouragement into their own lives. And they can cripple their spiritual growth by imbibing the lies of false teachers and charlatans. While God alone secures and protects our eternity with Him, He has called us to be on the lookout for one another (Acts 20:29–31).”

“When we look at the life of Jesus Christ, we’re not surprised to see manifestly that He is God. If God became man, we would expect His human life to be sinless. His was. If God, the holy true God, became man, we would expect Him to live in perfect righteousness. He did. If God became man, we would expect His words to be the greatest words ever spoken. They were. If God became man, we would expect Him to exert a profound, unequaled power over humanity. He did. If God became man, we would expect supernatural demonstrations. There were many. If God became man, we would expect Him to manifest the love of God. He did.”

“Jesus never sat down and said, “You know, we’ve got so much common ground; let’s find a connection and have a conversation about the truths we can mutually affirm.” He wasn’t interested in identifying common ground or accommodating ignorance. Only the truth—the full truth— could set an Israelite or anyone else free from the slavery of sin.”

The Quotable Round Up #15

Books do draw crowds in the recently concluded MIBF last September at the MOA SMX. Bookworms unite as we indulge ourselves over books that are on sale. I bought some and others are complimentary copies for book review. So I have books that will keep me occupy till next year! Anyways, MIBF did deliver the best book event for this year. How I wish I could attend those free seminars and workshop, attend the book signing of my favorite authors and buy more books. Nevertheless we had an amazing time. There are lots of things to improve with the event especially for the Christian publishers. Maybe it’s time for them to give out evangelism freebies to their customers. Maybe it’s time for them to publish books that tackle doctrine that is badly needed today. I think it’s high time for them to think on what they can do to reach other booths that present a false gospel. I want to see also the unity of the Christian publishers to heed in to action to be the light on that event. We Christians will shine brightest in the MIBF in the coming years if we come and unite to reach out those who are lost.
“Our aim in studying the Scriptures is not merely to know more ancient history or to learn useful life principles, but rather to be brought to see in a new way the glory of God in Jesus Christ and to bow our hearts before him in adoration and praise.”
— Iain M. Duguid

“The good news of Christ’s death and resurrection is not merely the power by which dead sinners are raised to new life—it is also the power by which God’s people are transformed into new creatures in him.”
–Iain M. Duguid

“Who does God exalt? He exalts those who fear His name. God exalts those who approach Him with reverence, self-emptiness, and ownership of their spiritual bankruptcy. And when godly fear humbles us, God in His mercy will exalt us.”
–Matt Chandler

“The incarnation was not so much a subtraction as it was an addition; the eternal second person of the Trinity took on Himself a human nature and joined His divine nature to that human nature for the purpose of redemption.”
— R. C. Sproul

“In eternity before creation, the Father initiated the concept of redeeming the creation He knew would fall. He designed the plan of redemption. The Son was given the assignment to accomplish that redemption. The Holy Spirit was tasked with applying Christ’s work of redemption to God’s chosen people.”
–R. C. Sproul

“If it were left to me to persevere in my Christian walk, I would fall and stumble in a moment. The One who really perseveres is God. He perseveres with His children and thereby preserves them. One of the chief ways in which God preserves His people is through the priestly intercession of Jesus.”
–R. C. Sproul

“The Father raised Jesus by the power of the Spirit, not simply for His own vindication, but for us. He was the first to be raised in this manner, being brought forth in a glorified state, but He will not be the last. Everyone who is in Christ Jesus will share in this resurrected glory. This is our hope. This hope is at the very heart and center of the Christian faith.”
— R.C. Sproul

The King’s Comics: Delighting Grace Interviews Art Ayris of Kingstone Comics 

Finally, Kingstone Comics hits the Philippine shores with gorgeous artworks and unforgettable stories that teaches the Bible. We are praying and looking forward for the impact of these great graphic novels that it may shed biblical and eternal perspective to its readers. We recently chat with Kingstone comics founder and CEO, Art Ayris,and we talk more about Kingstone Comics:

Delighting Grace: What sets Kingstone graphic novels among other Christian comicbook companies and their products?

Art Ayris: We are alike in that we all want to reach people with the gospel of Christ. Maybe what sets us a little a part is that we have a passion to become the Marvel of the faith market.

Most of our artists have worked with Marvel and DC so it has a decidedly western comic style flair.

Delighting Grace: How is like working with Randy Alcorn and Ravi Zacharias? Can you tell us the process on getting them aboard in a different format of their works?

Art Ayris: Both men are top shelf individuals whom God has used to reach multitudes of people with the gospel of Christ. Randy Alcorn actually came to our booth at a Christian retail show and we found out that he was a comic book fan! We told him we had a passion of doing a comic on heaven and hell and who better than Randy Alcorn?

When he has an opening in his writing we did a project together and he and his team have been a  joy to work with. With Dr. Zacharias, one of our investors supports his ministry and connected us.We actually did the licensing agreement with random House and then Dr. Zacharias was with us at the International Christian Retail Show. He is a brilliant communicator and we look forward to doing more projects with him.

Delighting Grace: What is your favorite comicbook of Kingstone?

Art Ayris: The Last Convert of John Harper by Kingstone Comics

Delighting Grace:  Who is your favorite superhero?

Art Ayris: Probably Captain America

Delighting Grace:  What is the hardest part in producing a comicbook with a Christian story?

Art Ayris: Trying to get the right artist on the right project. When you hire an artist it Is very much like hiring a director for a film. You have to trust they can really deliver the goods.

 Kingstone has rosters of writers and artist that worked for comicbook companies like Marvel and DC.

Delighting Grace: So whats the difference between working for your company and the secular ones?

Art Ayris: A lot of the ones that work with us are believers (thought not all). The believers see their work having a more eternal impact through Kingstone. One of our top guys who was a top guy at Marvel said he thought his current project was the most important he had ever done.

Delighting Grace:   If you are given a opportunity, which secular comicbook title would you love work on?

Art Ayris: Don’t really have a passion and vision for that. All the vision we have is within Kingstone. We are a very focused team.

Delighting Grace: Can you tell us a typical working day on Kingstone?

Art Ayris: We start at 6:00 for prayer time, 7-8:30 for answer e-mail, fulfill orders  9-5. I work as a pastor 6 to 11 to answer e-mails, edit and write comic books, sales etc. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 PM each day. Sunday we  worship and relax.

Delighting Grace:   Please invite our readers to check out Kingstone and what are other projects to look forward from you?

Art Ayris: The Kingstone Bible is coming out over the next six months, The Apostle and the Revelation in about 2-3 months. Love to have people follow us on @kingstonecomics and @artayris and to like Kingstone on Facebook. We are very happy and excited to have our comics there in the Philippines.

Delighting Grace: Thank you pastor. God bless you and Kingstone Comics

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

 

Comicbook Review: Eternity by Randy Alcorn

Excitement took hold of me as I unseal this graphic novel from its plastic prison and began reading it. I love the works of Randy Alcorn both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve also participated at the Facebook party for the launch of this comic. Recalling the launch, Randy told us it’s his first time to have his work in that kind of medium. As participants, we were encouraged to ask questions. I asked many questions but the only time Alcorn answered me is when I ask if the artist (Javier Saltares) is a Christian and in which a he answered yes. I had a great time with that launch

“Eternity” retells the story of Lazarus and the rich man is a unique and refreshing perspective. Randy Alcorn weaves the tale by integrating the story with fictional details and biblical backgrounds then blending it with the story of Jesus. If we consider that the story in Luke 16 a true event and not a parable then, most likely this could had happened. This is an astonishing tale not to be missed. If you’re not into historical fiction I think it will bug you a little, but as the story unfolds, you will get the hang of it. As I read the dialogues especially the ones with Abraham and the rich man, I can’t help but remember some lines from fiction books of Alcorn. In this graphic novel, Alcorn explores topics like the afterlife, heaven and salvation served in the way a non-fiction cannot. Javier Saltares gave his talent to make “Eternity” come alive with artworks that are at par with Marvel and DC comics.

The story of “Etenity” is enjoyable as well as unforgettable. This graphic novel will leave its readers a challenge to follow God. Highly recommended.