Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 111:442 (Apr 1954)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

The Advent Witness, February, 1954.

Those who delight in the truth of our Lord’s soon return will find great blessing in this journal which is “devoted to the proclamation of the personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the preparation of ‘them that love His appearing.’“ Espousing the pretribulation rapture position, each monthly issue contains articles by leading expositors of America and Britain who are active today as well as choice selections from the great Bible teachers of yesteryear. It is the organ of the Advent Testimony and Preparation Movement, Inc. of London.

Hitt, Russell T., “Giant in the Parlor,” Moody Monthly, 54:6:11–13, 47–49, February, 1954.

Here is a summary of the results of a nationwide television poll conducted by this magazine among

its 70,000 readers last Fall. Amazingly enough the poll revealed “that neither the families with sets nor those without sets have completely solved the problem that the coming of television has created…. There is no denying that this powerful means of mass communication has affected the mores of Christians as well as unbelievers. Obviously TV cannot be dismissed lightly, for it is uprooting the social patterns of the civilized world. Believers are facing the need for a satisfactory approach to the total program of Christian recreation and amusements.” The poll further indicated that “there are straws in the wind which indicate that TV sets soon will be as common in Christian homes as radios today.” By the comprehensiveness of its coverage, this article is well worth studying and analyzing.

Lewis, C. S., “The Christian Hope,” Eternity, 5:3:10–11, 46–50, March 1954.

The well-known British lay apologist sets forth a powerful defense of the imminency of the return of Christ. He makes an emphatic denial of the myth of human progress and then summarzes the teachings of Christ regarding His return in three propositions: “(1) That He will certainly return. (2) That we cannot possibly find out when. (3) And that therefore we must always be ready for Him.” These words coming from one who is noted neither as a professional theologian nor a premillenarian carry a good deal of weight and reflect a trend in thinking which is becoming increasingly evident.

Kevan, E. F., “The Covenants and the Interpretation of the Old Testament,” The Evangelical Quarterly, 26:1:19–28, January, 1954.

If the reader has wondered how some can interpret Old Testament prophecies both literally and figuratively he will find the ans...

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