The Economy of the Kingdom

by Jay Voorhees
Bear Sterns. Lehman Brothers. Fannie May and Freddie Mac. AIG. Washington Mutual. Just a few months ago these were names that we may have been familiar with, but were hardly on the tips of our tongues. These days, however, their names are recited daily as symbols of an economic crisis spiraling out of control around us. Our leaders in Washington are scurrying around, trying to find some way to repair the damage, to keep things solvent, arguing over which approach is the best. On Friday, the men who are vying to be the rulers of our kingdom tried to explain why their plan is the better one for restoring economic vitality. Yet, far removed from the stratosphere of Washington and Wall Street investment bankers, thousands of Americans looked at the growing pile of bills, the increasing debt, and the letters from the mortgage company threatening foreclosure, and wondered what they were going to do.

Fannie And Freddie Went To The Hill To Fetch A Pail Of Bailout

by Albert Persohn
I've told you over and over and over again my friends,

Perhaps now you believe we're on the Eve of Deleveraging.I've told you over and over and over again my friends,

Gospel Today magazine pulled from Christian bookstores’ shelves

That’s not something a buyer would typically find in a Christian bookstore. Not unless it’s one of the more than 100 Lifeway Christian Bookstores across the United States, including about six in metro Atlanta. Gospel Today, the Fayetteville-published magazine, was pulled off the racks by the bookstores’ owner, the Southern Baptist Convention. The problem? The five smiling women on the cover are women of the cloth — church pastors.

A Revival in Eschatology?

From Parson's Pen

The first time I heard it, I felt a gnawing apprehension deep inside what many call “the gut”. Instinctively, I knew nothing of lasting good could come out of it. Twenty-five years later, the Apostolic movement struggles with the backlash of the decade of abused eschatology. Though hundreds were reported to have been converted in these “end-time” revivals of the 1980s, eschatology preaching and teaching no longer incites the interest of the masses. Has the backlash from the 80s doomed the study of prophecy to only Bible geeks with nothing better to do?

New Study Shows Solar System is Unique

Research conducted by a team of North American scientist shows our solar system is special, contrary to the accepted theory that it is an average planetary system. Using computer simulations to follow the development of planets, it was shown that very specific conditions are needed for a proto-stellar disk to evolve into a solar system-like planetary system. The simulations show that in most cases either no planets are created, or planets are formed and then migrate towards the disk center and acquire highly elliptical orbits.

Dead Sea Scrolls to go digital on Internet

Scientists in Israel are taking digital photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the aim of making the 2,000-year-old documents available to the public and researchers on the Internet. Israel Antiquities Authority, the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Wednesday it would take more than two years to complete the project.

Pelosi gets unwanted lesson in Catholic theology

Politics can be treacherous. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked on even riskier ground in a recent TV interview when she attempted a theological defense of her support for abortion rights. Roman Catholic bishops consider her arguments on St. Augustine and free will so far out of line with church teaching that they have issued a steady stream of statements to correct her.

A Young Earth—It’s Extremely Relevant

by Tim Chaffey

Many Christians have been led to believe that the debate over the age of the earth is unimportant because it is “just a side issue.” In our new book Old-Earth Creationism on Trial, Dr. Jason Lisle and I provide abundant biblical, theological, and scientific evidence to demonstrate that this thinking is erroneous. In this article, allow me to share a brief part of my testimony to show you that this issue is extremely practical.

Young Earth Creationist: Dinosaurs helped build the pyramids

Far from becoming extinct 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs actually co-existed with early humans, and even helped in the construction of the pyramids.
This is the word of Vince Fenech, Evangelist pastor and director of a fully licensed, State-approved Creationist institution which admits children aged between four and 18. “Of course the ‘dinoceros’ existed (as Fenech pronounces the word). It is mentioned in the Book of Job. They were used to help build the pyramids,” he says, adding that this latter observation is only “his personal belief”, and that it does not form part of the school’s curriculum.

Flesh and Blood

by Jerel Kratt

When Paul writes about “flesh and blood” not being able to inherit the kingdom of God, what does he mean? The purpose of this essay is to explore this question and hopefully present some answers. A natural part of this question would also involve answering the question, “what is the kingdom of God?” I will not set out to answer that question here, presuming that the reader will have some background already on the “kingdom of God”; I only wish to discuss the concept of “flesh and blood”. Let’s start with 1 Corinthians 15. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations of Scripture will be from Young’s Literal Translation.

Left Behind Authors: Obama Not Antichrist

This may be a first for a presidential campaign: A debate about whether one of the candidates is the Antichrist. The latest round began with the McCain campaign Web ad released earlier this month called "The One." The spot includes clips of Obama seeming to imply he is God's choice, shots of Charlton Heston, stairs in the clouds (to heaven?) and images that some say are meant to mimic those in the wildly popular "Left Behind" book series about the end of the world that feature the Antichrist.

Brian McLaren at Abilene U

Abilene Christian University will host a series of speakers this fall, bring on campus well-known individuals who will stimulate and challenge our minds and hearts. Among the speakers will be Brian McLaren, speaking on the topic Reaching Christians for Christ. According to the lectureship page, [the] aim is that participation in this event will challenge you to see life as ministry and equip you to live as a minister in your everyday life. Together we participate with God in His mission for the world. We hope you leave Summit even more committed to following Jesus. Through this conversation, our prayer is that Christ will be seen more plainly in our neighborhoods, office break rooms, community service and churches.

Hal Lindsey, Obama, and the Antichrist

By Gary DeMar

It’s a mystery to me why anyone would listen to Hal Lindsey on Bible prophecy. His 1970 Late Great Planet Earth is a lasting testimony to getting almost everything wrong. In 1977, Lindsey stated that if his 1948-1988 prophetic scenario did not come to pass, he would be a “bum.” Sorry to say, that Lindsey has stayed in prophecy business and is still making predictions He said the following in an articole posted on World Net Daily: “Obama is correct in saying that the world is ready for someone like him—a messiah-like figure charismatic and glib….The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.”

YHVH (hwhy)

by Philologos

15 Shevat, 5762

January 28, 2002

Exodus 6:2,3 God spoke to Moses and said to him, "I am YHVH. I revealed Myself to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty (El Shaddai), and did not allow them to know Me by My name YHVH." (The Living Torah: A New Translation Based on Traditional Jewish Sources by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan)

Andrew Perriman: New Testament Eschatology and the Emerging Church

As many of you may already know, Andrew Perriman is the author of "The Coming of the Son of Man, New Testament Eschatology for an Emerging Church." Andrew recently sat for an interview with Pecipice Magazine and answers some really good questions, like If what you’re saying is true, that in many ways we have moved beyond eschatology, how should that change how we envision being Jesus followers in the here and now?

The Doctrine Police

My friend Bill Spears submitted a wonderful podcast and I really wanted to share it with the rest of Planet Preterist readers. This is a podcast recorded by Wayne Jacobsen and Brad Cummings from thegodjourney.com. The show is "designed to facilitate an ever-expanding conversation with folks who are thinking outside the box of organized religion. Our primary desire is to encourage people on their spiritual journey by providing insightful commentary on Scriptures, current events and cultural trends, as well as fielding questions related to the challenging spiritual issues of real life."

'Understanding End Times Prophecy' by Paul Benware: A Review

by Gary DeMar

Paul N. Benware’s revised and expanded edition of Understanding End Times Prophecy includes a chapter on Preterism. This is a good sign. Preterists teach that certain prophetic passages have already been fulfilled (e.g., Matt. 24), while futurists claim that these same passages are yet to be fulfilled. The debate centers (mostly) on how specific time indicators like “near,” “shortly,” “quickly,” and “this generation” should be interpreted. Benware also claims that preterists regularly mix “the literal and allegorical” which results in “very inconsistent interpretations to a passage.” The following quotation encapsulates Benware’s argument on how he believes preterists interpret certain prophetic texts:

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