This volume is the first effort by Tyndale Seminary Press to publish scholarly and practical works for pastors, Bible college/seminary students, and serious laypeople from a dispensational perspective. Seventeen authors (including this reviewer) contribute to this “theological collection in honor of Charles Ryrie.” Some of the better known authors include John Whitcomb, Robert Thomas, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Paul Benware and, of course, Charles Ryrie. As with any book with multiple authors, the scholarship, writing skills and style will be uneven, but this volume is remarkably well written and valuable.
There are excellent chapters on contemporary issues both of a theological and practical nature. Here the reader will find well considered discussions on topics such as apologetics, hermeneutics, the gospel, the Day of the Lord, eschatology and Emergent theology. There is also careful exegesis of various scriptural texts such as Daniel 9:24-27, Ezekiel 40-48 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17. In addition, examinations of the “Times of the Gentiles,” the role of the Law in the Christian’s life, the church and social responsibility, and politics pertaining to the Middle East are all well worth reading.
I commend Chris Cone and Tyndale Seminary for a great start in the publishing world. I look forward to more of the same.