Christianity Today: Second Coming Ecology

Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, my children were leaving the little Presbyterian church in College Place, Washington, where they had been attending a program. They looked up at the sky, and a verse they had read in the Bible leapt to their minds. Jesus said that in the last days, the sun would be darkened, and the moon would not give its light. The sky was so preternaturally dark that my girls thought that the end of the world was upon us. They joined hands and ran the several blocks to our home.

Creation and Covenant

by N.T. Wright

What I mean by ‘creation and covenant’ will become clear if we consider a couple of Psalms where the two are joined together. What I intend by using that pair of evocative terms as an initial way in to Paul will then become clear if we consider three central passages in which the same themes play the same kind of roles. This will open the way to a more detailed consideration of what, I shall argue, must be regarded as part of the fundamental structure of his thought, and how it relates to the other themes which will occupy us in subsequent chapters.

The Hour has Come


by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright
On the front of your service sheets there is a painting of ‘the Wedding at Cana’, to story we read a few moments ago. The focal point is of course on Jesus and Mary at the left of the picture; but I want you to imagine thought bubbles coming from the heads of some of the other characters, particularly the two in the middle, the ones wearing crowns and anxious expressions, the bride and the groom. What are they thinking, and how does Jesus deal with that?

Advanced Eschatology (Part 1)

Advanced Eschatology (Part 1)
“The harvest is the end of the age.” (Matt. 13: 39)

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This is the first in a series of articles dealing with Biblical eschatology. They are labeled ‘advanced,’ for it is my intention to pierce through and beyond the blundering limitations imposed by Full Preterism– that imperfect understanding of Scripture which masquerades as ‘exalted’ knowledge. Thus anything that soars above it must really be “advanced.” I will try to be as brief and to-the-point as possible. I’ve found it always takes longer to prove something that is false. Therefore, if I can keep these articles from becoming prolix, I’ll have done well. Big pat on the back for me!

New Book: The Prophecies of Daniel 2

The second book of Dr. John Evans, a Planet Preterist columnist was recently published by Xulon Press, and John is excited to share the news with everyone here. The book is available both in paperback and hardback; if you wish to help John personally, you may order the book directly from him by calling 1-901-753-3797.

Hebrew tablet tells of resurrection before Jesus

A stone tablet written in Hebrew is generating debate as some scholars are saying its words point to a suffering messiah who was killed and rose again three days later decades before Jesus of Nazareth. Daniel Boyarin, a professor of Talmudic culture at the University of California at Berkeley told The International Herald Tribune, "Some Christians will find it shocking – a challenge to the uniqueness of their theology – while others will be comforted by the idea of it being a traditional part of Judaism."

Don K. Preston in a Major Four Night Formal Debate

We are pleased to announce a four day formal public debate. On July 7-8, 10-11,

John Welch, church of Christ minister and Don K. Preston, of Preterist Research Institute, will engage in a formal debate in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 7-8, and 10-11.

The venue will be the High School Rd. church of Christ. The church building is at 3103 N. High School Road. Less than a mile north on High School Road is the intersection of 38th Street.

A Call for Evangelical Rhetorical Accountability

by Brian McLaren
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA.org) was launched in 1979, in response to growing concern "over an increase of [sic] questionable fund-raising practices in the nonprofit sector." As their Web site explains, Sen. Mark Hatfield challenged "a group of key Christian leaders" to begin policing their own mission agencies as a kind of "Christian Better Business Bureau."

Get Out of Your Own Way

Fishing in the stream of consciousness, researchers now can detect our intentions and predict our choices before we are aware of them ourselves. The brain, they have found, appears to make up its mind 10 seconds before we become conscious of a decision -- an eternity at the speed of thought. Their findings challenge conventional notions of choice.

How 'All' Israel Will Be Saved

Chris Tilling has a post up on the meaning of "all" in Romans in which he shows that "all" does not always mean "all". Of course, a key passage is Romans 11:25-26: Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, 26 and so all Israel [πᾶς Ἰσραὴλ] will be saved... The key question here is whether Paul believed every single Israelite would be saved.

Language, Being, God, and the Three Stages of Theistic Evidence by Dallas Willard

I begin with a plea of "not guilty" to Professor Nielsen's charge that my belief in God is an irrational belief. I do live in the 20th Century, I have been given a passably good philosophical and scientific education, and I have thought carefully about the matter. According to him, "for such a person it's irrational to believe in God." Since he does not here spell outwhat he understands by an irrational belief, it is not clear how to develop a reply. But I must say that upon due inquiry I am not aware of any true propositions which strictly imply that God does not exist, or of anything that confers significant improbability on his existence. So far as I have been able to determine, no falsehood can be deduced from the assumption of his existence, and that assumption itself is not meaningless or logically inconsistent. I have been and remain open to evidence, from Professor Nielsen or elsewhere, on these points, some of which will be considered below. I cannot say that I have a sound proof, in the strict logical sense, of the full-fledged deity in which I have come to believe, but I can point to a number of things which make a lot more sense on the assumption of such a deity; and I do believe that there is very good evidence for the existence of a being with some of his essential attributes—evidence that has not been successfuly contested by those on Prof. Nielsen's side. So it seems to me, at least, that my belief in God is not irrational, though, of course, I myself may still be a wildly irrational person.

Many Dutch prepare for 2012 apocalypse

Thousands of people in the Netherlands say they expect the world to end in 2012, and many say they are taking precautions to prepare for the apocalypse. The Dutch-language de Volkskrant newspaper said it spoke to thousands of believers in the impending end of civilization, and while theories on the supposed catastrophe varied, most tied the 2012 date to the end of the Mayan calendar, Radio Netherlands reported Monday.

Water on Mars

The existence of ice on Mars was confirmed today by NASA scientists, the first time frozen water has been sampled on another planet. Water in liquid form is an essential ingredient for life. Whitish, dice-sized chunks, which were dug from the rocky red soil and warmed in the sun, vanished four days after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Phoenix probe dug them up June 15. They confirm what NASA satellites have suggested for years: Frozen water exists several centimeters beneath Mars's surface.

Daylight Atheism: The Bible's Broken Promises

Two schools of theology have arisen to deal with this problem. One, the apocalyptic school, believes that these verses were meant to apply to the present day (despite clear indications of timing such as the one above, or Jesus' repeated references to "this generation"). The other, the preterist school, believes that these verses referred not to a global destruction but to an ancient, local event, such as the destruction of Jerusalem. In their own way, each school acknowledges the problem; in their own way, each one fails to face up to it. But an atheist who looks at these passages with a clear eye, unconcerned with the theological dictum that the Bible must be rescued from error no matter how contorted the reinterpretation, can easily see them for what they truly say and recognize the obvious broken promise.

Declining membership, baptisms worry Southern Baptists

By Peter Smith, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal



For most of four decades, Southern Baptists could boast of rising membership even as more moderate and liberal Protestant denominations lost members in droves.



But with membership slightly down last year, and flat for the past five, Southern Baptists face a growing anxiety about their future as they gather for their annual meeting Tuesday in Indianapolis.

A Response to Ray Comfort’s “The End of the Age?”: Part 1

by Gary DeMar

Ray Comfort has put himself on the front lines defending the Christian faith by confronting the spirit of the age and those who promote it. So Ray, if you ever read this, don’t take it as an attack on you or your ministry. It’s just my attempt to get you to take a fresh look at prophecy. After reading your short article, it seems to me that you have repeated the arguments of others without actually studying the issue for yourself. If I’m wrong about this, I apologize in advance. Either way, it’s my firm conviction that your views on Bible prophecy cannot be supported by a careful reading of the Bible. (Comfort’scomments from his article “The End of the Age?“ are in bold and appeared on the website of Christian Worldview Network on May 14, 2008.)

Anniversary of World War III That Wasn't

by Albert Persohn

Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument

by President Ronald Reagan

Remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument

Pointe du Hoc, France

June 6, 1984

We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

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