April 30, 2017

Looking for David

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. • Matthew 1:1 • • • I have argued elsewhere that the overarching story of the Bible is about God establishing his Kingdom in this world. “May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as in heaven” is the […]

Just a “Shell”?

I heard it again today, while attending the death of an elderly woman. “This is not her. What we see here is just the shell. The real her is now in heaven with Jesus and with grandpa.” And again a little later. “It’s amazing to me how little seeing her shell bothers me. That’s not […]

Another Look: Eschatological Me

Note from CM: This is one of my favorite posts that I have written. The concept I discuss here is, in my view, a genuine key to Christian self-identity and practice. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to understand at a glance, so I hope you’ll take some time thinking about what I write here and […]

Can this really be the gospel of “superabundant grace”?

But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from […]

If Only I Could See the Shore

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”  ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz * * * I was listening to an interview with someone […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 9, 2016

Note from CM: On Mondays, we are hearing some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology — the last things. Today’s post is the best one Michael ever wrote on the subject, in my opinion. I love the way he brings the themes of “kingdom,” “eternal life,” “new creation,” and being “born again” […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 2, 2016

Note from CM: On Mondays, we are hearing some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology — the last things. Today, here are three questions about “The Rapture,” answered by the iMonk, in which he shows that the doctrine is novel and has no biblical support. • • • 1. What exactly do […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: April 25, 2015

Note from CM: For the next several weeks, we will hear some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology — the last things. Today, another installment from a series in 2008 called “Too Much Heaven?” • • • It is possible that the evangelical version of heaven suffers from two major problems: It is […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: April 18, 2016

Note from CM: For the next several weeks, we will hear some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology — the last things. We begin with a post from a series in 2008 called, “Too Much Heaven?” • • • I grew up and was formed in a version of […]

He will come to us

RJS had an excellent post this week as part of her ongoing discussion of J. Richard Middleton’s book, A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. In it, she examines six scriptures that support Middleton’s contention that “the redemption and restoration described in Scripture is a holistic redemption of all of creation,” and that “Christians are […]