Covenant Creation, Covenant Eschatology

Those of us who believe Covenant Creation, are often accused of denying type vs. anti-type or the principle, first the physical then the spiritual.

The Saga of the Upcoming Covenant Radio Roundtable

by Don K. Preston
It was announced recently by William Hill of Covenant Radio that he has confirmed a "Round Table Discussion" of Hyper-preterism, featuring Kenneth Gentry, Ken Talbot, and a "to be announced" third guest. The program is to air in September 16, 2009. Air times are on William’s Website, www.covenantradio.com.

When I was apprised of that upcoming program I immediately sent an email to William Hill suggesting that he sponsor a two hour debate between Kenneth Gentry and myself. Hill has sponsored several debates between me and both dispensationalists and postmillennialists, and has often commented both on-air and off, of the value and need for open discussion of controversial topics. Well, it now appears that not only has William Hill had a change of heart concerning true preterism, but, it appears he has had a change of mind about the value of Christian polemics as well.

Psalm 48 – The Mountain of God - A theology of Jerusalem in free verse

by Jeff Carter
To the Misted Mountain again we go

a hero’s journey far to the north

across desperate plains and mystic fields

to the mountain,

Olympus, Aqraa, Zaphos, Eden,

to the mountain Zion,

the cosmic mountain at the heart of the North.To the Misted Mountain again we go

a hero’s journey far to the north

Oldest known Bible goes online

The world's oldest known Christian Bible goes online Monday -- but the 1,600-year-old text doesn't match the one you'll find in churches today. Discovered in a monastery in the Sinai desert in Egypt more than 160 years ago, the handwritten Codex Sinaiticus includes two books that are not part of the official New Testament and at least seven books that are not in the Old Testament. The New Testament books are in a different order, and include numerous handwritten corrections -- some made as much as 800 years after the texts were written, according to scholars who worked on the project of putting the Bible online. The changes range from the alteration of a single letter to the insertion of whole sentences.

Why Creation and Prophecy Can’t be Separated

by Gary DeMar
When I wrote my article “Why Young People are Leaving the Church” I knew it would generate some response. I was taken to task by a few Young earth Creationists (YEC) because I did not point out the dangers of Old Earth Creationist (OEC) arguments and how they create serious theological problems such as disease and death before the fall. Some OECs have attempted to answer this objection exegetically. YECists can and do disagree with OEC arguments, but they can’t accuse OECists of not appealing to the Bible to make their case (see here).

Scientists tour Creation Museum

For the 80 paleontologists, taking a break from their convention at the University of Cincinnati to tour the museum, some were skeptical, some were amused, some were offended. But they all seemed interested to see the museum, built to tell a Creationist view of the origins of man and to rebut the theory of evolution that many of the scientists hold dear.

When Will Jesus Return?

For many Christians, Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year -- a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and look forward to the Second Coming.

Why are young people leaving the church?

What does the age of the Earth have to do with the exodus of young people from American churches? Ken Ham, known for his Answers in Genesis creation-science ministry, says a major study he commissioned by a respected researcher unveils for the first time in a scientific fashion the startling reasons behind statistics that show two-thirds of young people in evangelical churches will leave when they move into their 20s.

Kingdom Come School of Missions and Ministry

We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity for establishing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. We believe that the generation of young people that God is raising up at this moment will truly be empowered to shake nations and make history as they demonstrate Godís power in and through their lives. Armed with that hope and belief, I have carried in my heart a mission and mandate from the Lord to help equip and release this generation into the plans and purposes of God.

The 'All or Nothing' Syndrome with Biblical Imprecision

by Craig Blomberg

In the late seventies' "battle for the Bible," pitting inerrantists against others with a high view of Scripture but who stopped just short of belief in inerrancy, a common argument featured "the slippery slope." Give up inerrancy, it was alleged, and at first you may rest content with just minor historical or scientific errors in Scripture, but soon you'll be questioning the theology and ethics of the Bible as well. Next you'll doubt some of the fundamentals of the faith, and finally you'll chuck Christianity altogether.

The Language of Creation from Genesis to Revelation

by Tami Jelinek

There is much disagreement within fulfilled eschatology regarding the Genesis creation story. What is it about? Those who are futurist in their eschatology, and take a literal, cosmological view of “the end,” understandably view Genesis as the beginning of the same. In other words, if Revelation and other “last days” prophecies describe the end of the physical universe, then Genesis describes the beginning of that same universe. This is logical, and a consistent approach to the Bible as a whole. But what about preterists, who hold to a fulfilled view of eschatology? We see Revelation and other “last days” prophecies as pointing to the end of the Old Covenant age, and not the end of the physical universe. We recognize the language of the prophets, appreciate its metaphorical and symbolic elements and understand the covenant context of this language as it is employed consistently throughout the Bible. Furthermore, we submit our interpretation of this language to Jesus and the apostles, who quote extensively from those prophetic contexts. And if we are to be consistent, as consistent as those who are futurist in their eschatology and view the beginning and the end as the beginning and the end of the same universe; then we will likewise view the beginning and the end as the beginning and the end of the same covenant world. Or, we might say that they are covenantal counterparts. In other words, we will understand that Genesis’ creation is the same in nature as Revelation’s new creation. We will naturally conclude that it is a covenantal, rather than a cosmological creation.

A Response to Andrew Perriman's Questions on Resurrection

by Virgil Vaduva, Jack Scott and Jeremy Lile

A few days ago Andrew Perriman posted a sort of review and a list of comments regarding Kevin Beck’s book titled This Book Will Change Your World. In response to my comments, Andrew also had a couple of questions about the resurrection, especially about 1 Thes. 4 and 1 Cor. 15. This is a response to the questions Andrew raised about the resurrection, not just recently but also in the past. Hundreds of pages can be written on these two passages, and I am hoping that however inadequate of a response, Andrew together with the readers of Open Source Theology will enjoy these arguments and interact in a constructive and meaningful way.

On Transmillennialism and Kevin Beck's This Book Will Change Your World

by Andrew Perriman

I read Kevin Beck’s This Book Will Change Your World in response to some gentle and persistent prompting from Mike Morrell. As Mike observes, there are some interesting similarities and some distinct differences between Kevin’s exposition of Transmillenialism and the thesis of The Coming of the Son of Man and of Re: Mission. Some of the issues raised were addressed a few years ago in a post on Transmillennialism™ on Open Source Theology. I won’t go into great detail here but will list some of the thoughts that came to mind as I read the book, which hopefully will help to clarify the main points of agreement and disagreement.

The Transformation of the Ages

Last week at TruthVoice / Subversion '09, David Curtis presented on the topic of "The Transformation of the Ages." This is one of the best presentations I have ever heard on this topic; the compelling evidence for a first-century "Christ event" as David calls it is overwhelming. This is a must-see presentation, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in studying the New Testament language on the topic of "the coming age." Click on Full Story to watch this presentation.

Campaign of Intimidation and Harassment

Roderick Edwards, an ex-columnist on this website has been engaged in a campaign of harassment and intimidation of other Christians for several years now. Together with Caryn Dos Santos (also known as Dee Dee Warren), they have been maliciously slandering and attacking Christians for several years now, with some personal attacks culminating in contacting the employers and managers of people involved in our conferences. Below, we present to you an e-mail sent out by Roderick Edwards (likely with the complicity of Caryn Dos Santos) to a TruthVoice 2009 speaker; Roderick Edwards copied the manager/boss of this speaker at his place of employment and copied his colleagues and other employees at his place of employment in an effort to intimidate this person out of speaking at the conference - note that this individual works in a secular environment which has virtually nothing to do with Christianity; email addresses and identities have been censored to protect the privacy of those involved.

An Introduction to Preterism

At TruthVoice / Subversion '09, the booklet titled "An Introduction to Preterism - Study Book Lesson 1", written by our old columnist Roderick Edwards proved to be a big hit with most attendees. I was told that several folks in the crowd became more convinced of the valid arguments for Covenant Eschatology after reading the study book, so as a result, I am making the booklet available for download (in PDF format) to all those who need to start a short study on Preterism or want to hand out material to others for study.

Truthvoice / Subversion '09 Autopsy

Okay, so now that TV / Subversion '09 is over, what are the thoughts, feelings, comments from people about this conference? One said "it was the best conference ever." Another said about David Curtis session on "ages" - In the 7 years, this was Dave's best presentation, and Don Stoner said he loved Jack Scott's session on Corporate Resurrection on 1 Cor. 15.

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