Waiting for Jesus’ Return (Calvin)

 The Christians from the church plant in Thessalonica didn't have perfectly orthodox views on eschatology (cf. 1 Thes. 4:13ff; 2 Thes. 2:1ff).  That's one reason Paul and his missionary team wrote them two letters soon after the church was planted.  But the Christians there in Thessalonica did get the basics of eschatology right.  When they… Continue reading Waiting for Jesus’ Return (Calvin)

The Rapture and A Cosmic Dog Whistle

In A Case for Amillennialism, Kim Riddlebarger gives a great biblical refutation of the secret rapture that dispensationalists teach.  Here's one paragraph of that section. "One of the most telling criticisms [of a secret rapture] is the language used by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the very passage used by dispensationalists as a proof text for two comings… Continue reading The Rapture and A Cosmic Dog Whistle

Eschatology, Millennialism, End Times, etc.

 A friend of mine recently made the trek out of dispensationalism into Reformed theology.  A few members in the church I serve also came out of dispensational circles.  These things made me want to study dispensationalism from a dispensationalist's point of view, so I purchased and read Ryrie's Dispensationalism (Revised and Expanded).  While I don't want to give a book review… Continue reading Eschatology, Millennialism, End Times, etc.

Bible Code, Barth, Justification, Bavinck, and Kids

Today was a strange but excellent day of receiving mail (email and snail mail). First, on the strange side, I got a pamphlet (from an inmate with whom I correspond from time to time) that says Jesus is going to return on May 21, 2011.  The brilliant theologian-scholars at Family Radio have (again?) cracked the… Continue reading Bible Code, Barth, Justification, Bavinck, and Kids

The Church’s Missionary Identity

 I've read a bit of Richard Bauckham before (some of his stuff on Revelation, specifically), so since I enjoy his writing and since the topic interests me, I'm reading Bauckham's Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003).  I'm still in the middle of it, but so far so… Continue reading The Church’s Missionary Identity