God Meant It for Good: The Covenant & the Church Today, by Ted Hoogsteen. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Welch Publishing Company Inc., 1989. 99 pages. (Paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] The title is taken from Joseph’s words to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 concerning their wickedness in selling him into Egypt, “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.” The book explains Genesis 37-50 rightly as covenant history, not merely the history of the vicissitudes and eventual success of Joseph.
Dear Dr. North, In your “I.C.E. Position Paper” of July 1995 (Institute for Christian Economics, P.O. Box 8000, Tyler, TX 75711), you respond to my editorial, “Jewish Dreams,” in the January 15, 1995 issue of the Standard Bearer. As an ardent proponent of postmillennialism, you are sharply critical of my defense of classic, creedal, Reformed amillennialism. You say, “Such a view paralyzes Christians, making them short-run planners who are on the defensive.” There are elements in your “position paper” — important elements — that I appreciate.