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Category Archives: Theology

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

Did Jesus say He would come before His disciples evangelized Palestine?

Did Jesus say He would come before His disciples evangelized Palestine? What did Jesus mean when he said this? Was he being cryptic or speaking plainly?  Mat 10:23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns ofContinue Reading

Did Jesus Say John Would Live To See His Coming?

The Gospel of John ends with an interesting twist. It ends with Jesus directing the gaze of Peter and John off into their futures and to how their deaths “would glorify God”. Peter, who denied Jesus,  would be crucified and die a martyr’s death. John, the Beloved disciple, the only one at the foot ofContinue Reading

Revelation and Time, part I

It is nearly universally accepted in Christianity that the first four chapters of the book of Revelation were addressed to their named recipients, the seven churches in Asia Minor. Most also affirm that they were fulfilled in the first century. What happens next, in many interpretations, however, is funny. Many traditions say that the bookContinue Reading

One Thing I Love…

One thing I love about theologians who have a past fulfillment view of theology, or Preterists, is the way that they notice and pay attention to details and even entire portions of Scripture that have gone largely unnoticed. When I first began reading preterist exegesis I felt like a beginner again, even though I hadContinue 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

The Kingdom Is …Here!

Where is the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom is IN and AMONG us! Luke 11:20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God HAS COME upon you. Luke 17:20-21  (AMP) The Kingdom of God does NOT come with VISIBLE display, Nor will people say,Continue Reading

The Kingdom is Like… Part I

The Kingdom is like… life ‘in Christ’ But what does it mean to be or live ‘In Christ’? Is ‘in Christ’ a place? Is it a state of mind? Is it membership to something? Is it salvation? I’ve often wondered how to understand this concept. I try to picture it in my mind, but itContinue Reading

“Heavenly Jerusalem” Now!

Heavenly Jerusalem Now! From Galations 4 In Galations 4, Paul draws from the Old Testament story of Hagar and Sarah, allegorically, to describe NEW Covenantal Realities to his first century audience while the Temple was still standing. Here we see an explicit example of Paul teaching on a covenantal level. Remember the covenantal level isContinue Reading

A U.S. Map or A Covenant Map?

Have you ever wondered why literal readings of Genesis don’t match up with what science says about the age and origin of the earth? Have you also wondered why doomsday prophets are always wrong about their end-of-the-world predictions? The conclusions of these overly literal readings of the Bible will never match what we see aroundContinue Reading