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"
I recently read a book by Winfried Corduan called In the Beginning God: A Fresh Look at the Case for Original Monotheism. If the title doesn’t make it obvious, the book is about the evidence (primarily the case of Wilhelm Schmidt) that the first religion of mankind was ethical monotheism (i.e. that there is a … Continue reading "Remnants of Revelation"
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"
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to … Continue reading "The Humility of God"
“God wouldn’t…” This unfortunate phrase appears fairly often in theological debate. Along with this one come on occasion “God couldn’t” or, more rarely, “God shouldn’t.” Yet to me reasoning which starts in this way seems somewhat misguided at best and dangerous at worst. To explain why, I shall first provide some examples of what I dislike. A theistic evolutionist might say, … Continue reading "What God Has Done, Not What He “Would” Do"
I was reading 1 Corinthians 1-2 this morning and ran across a couple of passages that really stuck out to me. They speak fairly well for themselves (isn’t Scripture good about that?), but I will highlight the basic thoughts in them that I found so compelling. The first passage is 1 Corinthians 1:17-31. But I won’t … Continue reading "Two Thoughts from 1 Corinthians"
It is no secret that one of the major reasons Jesus got crucified is because He wouldn’t do the #1 thing that the Jews were expecting their Messiah to do: overthrow Israel’s Roman oppressors. Time and again they sought this of Him, but He refused to align Himself with not only any existing revolutionary movements but even any … Continue reading "How Jesus the Messiah Conquered Rome"
Tradition. Such an interesting word for Christians. It seems innocent enough, but as it turns out there are very many ways it can be used, few of which are entirely free of controversy. Take, for example, the following statements: “You’re just follow human tradition instead of the Bible!” “Tradition tells us that John died on the isle of Patmos under house … Continue reading "Streams: Beliefs about the Bible and Tradition"
“I just believe the Bible.” People say this a lot, and in a previous post of mine I examined why that’s not really true for anyone. That said, there is a worthy ideal behind that statement. Pardon my Protestantism showing, but I believe we are called as Christians to subject all of our thoughts and … Continue reading "How To Be a True Biblicist (Or, Unexpected Truth about Taking the Bible Seriously)"