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December 2002

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A Little Common Sense

by Arthur Melanson
Some say the following verse negates the literal rapture of the church for the pre AD 70 saints. “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

Preterism and the Eclipse of Pre-millennialism

by Larry Spargimino

Pre-millennialism has been the major eschatological position in America for over a century. Many, though not all, pre-millennialists are dispensational in their understanding of Scripture. Dispensationalism and pre-millennialism complement each other and are able to explain both the unity and diversity of Scripture, and provide a sound basis for understanding God's promises to Israel. This is something that cannot be done with other approaches to Scripture and certainly says much in their favor.

Colossians: Short Summary

by Marcus Booker
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Soft Landings: "Generations," Tolkien & Preterism

by John J. Reilly

Introduction Three things often go without saying when we examine an apocalyptic interpretation of history, particularly somebody else's apocalyptic interpretation of history. The first is that the ideas in question are always chiefly concerned with expectations for the future. The second is that these expectations are always disappointed or deferred. The third assumption, often implicit, is that the system we are dealing with is naive in some way, so that serious people need not consider it on the merits.

December 29 Sermon

Coy Siddall was the visiting speaker today. He talked about Christ's influence in our lives and the importance of understanding scripture. Click here to listen to the sermon using Windows Media Player.

The Problem with Premillennialism

by Max King

It generally is recognized that without the New Testament one would have no basis for discerning the meaning of Old Testament promises and prophecies. Berkhof observed that "the main guide to the interpretation of the Old Testament is certainly to be found in the New." Ladd agrees "that there is only one place to find a hermeneutic" for interpreting prophecy and that is "in the New Testament."

'Pro-choice' co-founder rips abortion industry

"I remember laughing when we made those slogans up," recalls Bernard Nathanson, M.D., co-founder of pro-abortion group NARAL, reminiscing about the early days of the abortion-rights movement in the late '60s and early '70s. "We were looking for some sexy, catchy slogans to capture public opinion. They were very cynical slogans then, just as all of these slogans today are very, very cynical."

Methodists react to bishop's speech

Just as Christians get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus, an old controversy is bubbling up among United Methodists -- one that goes to the very heart of the Christmas story. Was Jesus born of a virgin? Earlier this year, in a speech that rattled many, Chicago Bishop C. Joseph Sprague challenged some of Christianity's most basic beliefs, including the virgin birth.

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