by John Piper
The Bible says, “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21). David Wilkerson will cause a good many hearts to pound faster with his pronouncement that “AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.” New Yorkers especially will swallow hard: “It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut.”
Scot McKnight has been posting entries on a series on "The Future of Christian Eschatology" for several days now, and I have been waiting to see where he is developing his series and where he is heading with his thoughts, but I can't really wait anymore as today Scot has posted a very powerful entry which concludes in essence that the future of eschatology is found in the past and will in essence be "Preterist."
We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West. Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the "Protestant" 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.
From Guelf Mercury: When Bethel Maseruka wanted to know more about atheism yesterday, he signed out an atheist at the University of Guelph library. Not a book on atheism, mind you, but a real atheist. Chris Langley, to be exact...Maseruka continued to lean toward a version of Christianity called preterism, which holds that the Bible's prediction of end times in the Book of Revelation has already come to pass, bringing both good and bad to Earth.
by Julie Bogart
“To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in
pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall
rule over you” (Genesis 3:16).
by Timothy P. Martin
by Scot McKnight
I have been using the term "NeoReformed" now for a year or two and a few of my friends have asked me what I mean and why I don't just calls such folks "Reformed". This post will sketch who they are and why I call them "Neo" Reformed. I begin with a confession: I'm not a Calvinist; I'm an anabaptist. But, I have never had any problems with the variety of theologies at work in the big tent of evangelicalism. Calvinists are not only among us, they have important elements to bring to the table. I've sat on the essence of this post for months, but I think it is time for us to make it public. I do so with a certain degree of sadness, but feel compelled to call us to a unity that is presently threatened.
by Albert Persohn
Egene Cho hosted a fascinating video interview with Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, a book which is shaping out to be one of the most important books of 2009, recognizing what Scot McKnight said, namely that "we are in the eye of a storm." Can anyone deny with a straight face the reality of a great emergence today? And can anyone deny that Preterists are a critical part of it? :)
We finally have dates for the Subversion '09 conference, May 15-16 2009! The folks in the Dayton Emergent Cohort and those of us participating on Planet Preterist are excited to put together this year's event. The two days of TruthVoice 2009 will be preceded by a one day Covenant Creation conference sponsored by Beyond Creation Science, so this will be a week packed of interesting events.
by Timothy P. Martin
by Dinesh D'Souza
... When his young daughter Annie died at the age of 10, Darwin came to hate the God whom he blamed for this. This was in 1851, eight years before Darwin released his Origin of Species. Around the time of Annie's death, Darwin also wrote that if Christianity were true then it would follow that his grandfather Erasmus Darwin and many of his closest family friends would be in hell. Darwin found this utterly unacceptable, given that these men were wise and kind and generous. Darwin's rejection of God was less an act of unbelief as it was a rebellion against the kind of God posited by Christianity. A God who would allow a young girl to die and good people to go to hell was not anyone that Darwin wanted to worship.
Fr. Thomas Hopko, a long time minister in the Orthodox Church is presenting what I think is probably on of the best message on fulfilled eschatology and the Kingdom/Gospel narrative I have ever heard. His message on Armageddon is rather long but it is typical for Orthdox sermons and in terms of content it is also in line with the "heaven now" view present throughout Orthodox theology - and this is nothing new among Eastern Christians as Preterism has been present throughout Eastern Orthodox theology since the early church. Hopko deals with the importance of the destruction of the Jewish temple, the meaning of the "end of the age" and why Christians should be troubled by efforts to rebuild a temple in Jerusalem; he humbly and successfully puts Christ squarely at the center of the narrative - most importantly he ties the message of the Apocalypse to the cyclical eschatological narrative of each generation of believers. This is a must-see presentation, so if you can, put two hours aside and watch it.
After working for months with the Cincinnati Zoo on a special cross-promotion package to elevate local and regional tourism during the Christmas season, the Creation Museum learned today that the zoo – after a 2 ½ day business relationship – has pulled out of the arrangement because of a high volume of complaints.
ROB BELL is the coolest pastor in America. As he probably wouldn’t want us to say, the founding pastor of the mega Mars Hill Bible Church has been hailed as “the next Billy Graham.” He travels the country, speaking with live sheep as props (okay, maybe only once). His two bestselling books—Velvet Elvis and Sex God— have raised eyebrows and challenged minds. But the relationship between faith and art is one of his most visible passions, and he joins Patrol contributor Jake Dockter for a revealing, only slightly philosophical conversation.
What were tongues for? What was the purpose of this gift? The one place in the New Testament which clearly sets forth the purpose of tongues is 1 Corinthians 14:22: "Wherefore, tongues are for a sign . . ." The preposition translated "for" (eis) here denotes purpose. The verse is introduced by the particle "wherefore" (hoste), which means "for this reason, therefore." [Arndt and Gingrich, p. 908] Paul’s explanation in verse 22 concerning the purpose of tongues is actually an inference based upon his words in verse 21. Therefore, the key to understanding the purpose of tongues must be found in 1 Corinthians 14:21. Verse 21 begins with these important words, "In the law it is written . . ."
by Timothy P. Martin
John Noē is four weeks into a new, 13-week teaching series at Madison Park Church of God—the headquarters church of the Church of God of Anderson denomination in Anderson, IN—on Thursdays from 6:15-7:45 PM.
You are invited to attend a Fulfilled Prophecy Seminar on February 12-14, 2009 to be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Carmichael Rd., Montgomery, AL, 36117 (334-272-5533). Our topic for the seminar will be "He CAME as a Thief" based upon a book recently authored by Don Preston.