A skeletal explanation and defense of “two-stage” preterism: The New Testament envisions three basic eschatological events: the conclusion of the Old Covenant with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70, the conquest of the pagan Roman Empire by the Messiah, and a day of final judgment and new creation. Two of these … Continue reading "Two-Stage Preterism"
The news lately has put me thinking a lot about the origins and destination of the modern world. By “modern world,” I mean the social, political, cultural, institutional, and industrial structures of the post-Enlightenment West and other regions and peoples who have been influenced by it. It is a very peculiar world, with certain developments … Continue reading "Modernity, From Original Sin to the Day of the Lord"
One of the key differences between amillennialism and postmillennialism is how they relate the economy of redemption to the economy of consummation. To put it differently, amillenialism and postmillenialism disagree on the relationship between the Great Commission and the cultural/creation mandate. This seems more or less to be the crux of the issue, at least … Continue reading "Millenniums and Mandates"
For my Revelation class this semester, I’m supposed to journal my way through Revelation, answering four questions for every chapter: What does the text say? What did I observe? How does this chapter fit in the context? What did I learn? This is a fun, though not particularly professional, exercise. In any case, by the … Continue reading "A Few Thoughts on the Revelation Letters"
I am sinless. I am sinful. I am holy. I am profane. I am righteous. I am guilty. What is all this babbling about? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Christian identity. People talk about how our identity is in Christ, but they rarely talk explain what that means practically. A lot could … Continue reading "We Are Not Ourselves"
“The end is near! Jesus will be back any day now!” As Christians, not only do we hear this a lot, but very many of us say it a lot as well. If you look on Facebook or Twitter, or if you go to Bible studies or listen to people’s prayer requests, you find a common sentiment … Continue reading "Illusions of the Times"
I just realized that I haven’t actually written about the Rapture on this blog at all since I began it. Yet the Rapture is a fun and popular debate, and it’s one of the few issues on which Christians can disagree without very many people getting angry or declaring you a heretic (though some still do). So … Continue reading "My Stance on the Rapture"
One theological question which has been a fairly ambiguous realm for much of Church history is that of the actual relationship between Christ’s Church and the people or nation of Israel which came before it. The Biblical data on this is complex and apparently varied, and the historical issue of the Church as becoming predominantly Gentile … Continue reading "Hypothesis: The Church is Reborn Israel"
As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both fully human and fully divine. This one person possesses in Himself two natures, the nature of God and the nature of man. Unfortunately, this is hard for us to understand. We cannot get how someone can exist in this way, so we naturally tend to lean … Continue reading "The Homecoming of Jesus Christ"
Is the Lord’s Prayer really an eschatological prayer, a wish for God to usher in the Kingdom and finish all things? Some people have suggested so, and it actually seems likely enough. So here is a possible way to read the Lord’s Prayer as a prayer for Christ to return: Our Father in heaven – The … Continue reading "Is the Lord’s Prayer for Jesus to Return?"