July 25, 2016

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 […]

Another Look: If there is an overriding narrative theme in scripture, this is it . . .

If I were asked to summarize the primary narrative theme of the Bible with one brief verse, I would choose a line from the Lord’s Prayer: “Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, CEB). The story of the Bible is about God establishing his Kingdom […]

Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation

Eschatology Week Part 5: Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence Part 4: Setting the World Right I believe . . . He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • The Apostles’ Creed • […]

Setting the World Right

Eschatology Week Part 4: Setting the World Right Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence I believe . . . He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • When we think of […]

Jesus’ Future Presence

Eschatology Week Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past I believe . . . He will come again. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • Chapter 8 in N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope, “When He Appears,” is perhaps the sanest, most refreshing […]