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Category Archives: Emergent

Heaven, Earth and Sea Sermon, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a sermon I recently preached and discussed with folks at church regarding how the terms “heaven, earth and sea” are often used to describe convenantal – not material – realities in the Bible’s redemption story. Here are examples where the term “heaven and earth” seems to be describing the peopleContinue Reading

Heaven, Earth, Sea in Temple Creation Sermon, Part 1

Here is a sermon (which we discussed afterwards) that I recently gave at our church. I’m splitting it up into a few parts.  Let’s start with the BIG picture of where we are in Biblical history. This is a timeline of Old Testament history in terms of Temples. Since we are reading through 1 Kings,Continue Reading

Is God Coming? An Advent Poem

Is God coming? God is here! Can’t you see him all around you? From the first light of creation, To the moment that he found you. We’re not abandoned or left comfortless. But Scripture reveals a pattern that we’ve missed. His comings aren’t limited two, the bridegroom hasn’t been “delayed”. Comings run through Scripture likeContinue Reading

The Five S’s of Church Error

Early in my journey to a past fulfillment or preterist view of Scripture, I had the question, “How could the mainstream church have been so wrong for so long about eschatology?” I asked the question this way, because I held to the presupposition that God wouldn’t let the mainstream western church body be in errorContinue Reading

Right Here, Right Now

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers – Veronica Shoffstal This quote I read today expresses an attitude that many come to feel after coming to a Preterist, or Fulfilled Salvation, view. When you come to a Fulfilled Salvation view, you cease waiting forContinue Reading

Galatians and the New Jerusalem

The other day at our church gathering, two friends and I talked about Galatians. They shared some thoughts about new perspectives on Paul, which are about a more Hebrew and contextual way of reading Paul than what has been typically done in Christianity. They asked us to try and understand Judaism on it’s own terms,Continue Reading

Awakening to the Sacred Presence of Jesus

Audience Relevance: Awakening to Sacred Presence of Jesus Let’s pretend for a moment that Jesus didn’t know everything when he was on earth. That he didn’t speak to people about the distant future, far removed from them, but that he spoke to them about their immediate future. That he really cared for his immediate audienceContinue Reading

Was the Gospel Preached To All the World?

When you’re speaking with someone who is new to the topic of fulfilled eschatology, there is one objection that often comes up. It goes something like this, “Well the Parousia (coming of Jesus) could not have happened in 70AD because the Bible says the Gospel has to be preached to the whole world first.” AndContinue Reading

The Big “So What?”

Here is my response to a friend who recently asked me about The Big ‘So What’ of a fulfilled gospel view, or preterism. So what if it’s true that everything was fulfilled? What difference does it make in your daily life? Well, here’s my answer to that today. “Dear —- , I heard that youContinue Reading

For Us and Our Salvation

It all happened. All for YOU. All for love. All for US and our salvation. God loved us so much that he made a way to live with us. To be together with us. To be present in our lives, to be ONE with us. He didn’t want to miss a thing. It wasn’t GodsContinue Reading