eschatology

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    Sting

    I write this blog tonight next to two cell phones – one is mine, and one belongs to the hospital I work for. I am the social worker on-call tonight. You might be wondering what we could get called in for late at night, or you may have guessed...
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    On Patience

    The following was originally presented as a sermon at Cornerstone Church in St. Andrews, Scotland. What is there to be said about patience? Certainly it is not a word that is unfamiliar to us. No doubt many times in our lives someone has told us that we ought to...
  • Why I don’t Believe in the “Rapture”

    I should admit from the outset that my own convictions concerning end-times events is pretty unformed. That being said, I have become unconvinced that what has become known as “the Rapture” is actually found in the Bible, at least in the way that I was taught growing up. In...
  • Where is America in End Times Prophecy?

    A very interesting article floated its way through my Facebook newsfeed this week in which Greg Laurie offers his thoughts on why the United States “the one nation that is strangely absent is the United States of America.” More specifically, it seems that Laurie...
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    God’s Presence & Absence (Or, Practical Eschatology)

    This summer I am working on my upcoming book on Esther for Wipf and Stock. This has taken me miles away from Galatia (where my doctoral research has largely resided) to the capital of the Persian Empire, Susa. Additionally, I am no longer in the first century, but am...
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    Jesus, Come Back! (Or Not)

    “GET ME OUT OF HERE! Seriously, it’s time for the Second Coming. Lord, I want you back. Like, ASAP.” That’s a glimpse into my prayer life over the past few months. Maybe that’s been your prayer, too. I think we’ve all felt the weight of recent events and wondered...
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    Sex and Eschatology Revisited

    In August of 2011 I wrote a post entitled, “Sex and Eschatology.” In that post I essentially tried to articulate that sex is a biblical type. It functions typologically as a pointer to the eschatological joy of believers. If you are interested in how I articulated this check out...
  • (UN)Christian Music

    Last week I reviewed mewithoutYou’s new album, Ten Stories. As I wrote the review I thought about the idea of “Christian Music.” This is something that I’ve been wrestling with for a while. For some Christians, they only listen to “Christian Music” and deem it a sign of impiety...
  • All Dogs Do Go To Heaven: A Resurrection Reflection

    The end of Lent is nearly a week away and Easter is quickly approaching.  AND did you know that last week – March 23, 2012 – the world celebrated National Puppy Day?  Now I know what you’re thinking, what does Easter have to do with puppies?  The simple answer: all...
  • Amillennialism, Two Kingdoms and The Decay of History (Part 1)

    A few weeks back, my fellow blogger, John Dunne, posted an article in which he critiqued his Amillenial beliefs. I too am an Amillenialist and became one around the same time as John. I think we both read the same book (A Case for Amillenialism by Kim Riddlebarger) within...
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    Amillennialism: Rethinking and Critiquing My Eschatology After Five Years

    Back in May 2007 I posted a little blurb on my silly little blog (Dunne’s Discourses) about how I had become an Amillennialist. The main person responsible for my conversion was Pastor Kim Riddlebarger of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, CA. His book A Case for Amillennialism is one of the...
  • Changing the World

    “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.” This quote, posted by Mark Zuckerberg in tribute to Steve Jobs on the day of his passing last week, makes a pretty incredible statement: Steve Jobs qualifies to be remembered as a person of such influence, that he...
  • …So I’m Kind of a Pacifist

    I say kind of because I’m very inconsistent.  On the one hand I enjoy movies about famous wars or war heroes (Gladiator, The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan), I like some violent video games (Halo, Call of Duty), and I have complete respect for those who are willing...
  • Sex & Eschatology

    I remember when I was younger being told that Jesus could come back at any moment.  Instead of erupting in joy at such a statement I would often think that Jesus should wait, perhaps until I have at least been married and had sex first.  Now, I’m fairly confident that...
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    Alcohol in the Bible: Part Two (The New Testament)

    Last week I posted an entry on alcohol in the OT and you are personally invited to read my former post before reading this if you have not done so, since the NT builds on a lot of the same theological imagery.  I’m not sure what the general assumption...