October 31, 2014

Follow-Up: Answers from Andrew Perriman

NOTE FROM CM: Andrew Perriman was kind enough to send some responses to our post outlining his NT interpretation last week and the comments in the discussion. Because they came later than the first discussion, I thought I would post them today as a means of continuing the conversation. • • • NATE: I don’t […]

The Big Picture of Andrew Perriman’s Narrative-Historical Scheme

UPDATE: Andrew has just put up a new post that complements our piece today, outlining his method and its results in biblical interpretation. UPDATE 2: I have added a brief summary of AP’s position to the end of the post. • • • I continue to be intrigued by the approach to biblical interpretation that […]

Another Look: The Apocalyptic Luther

Note from CM: This was first posted as an IM Book Review in December, 2012. I offer it again today (with a few edits), because it brings together emphases from this past week of posts: eschatology and the Reformation. It was eye-opening to me to realize the extent to which Luther was influenced by Last […]

Things I “Learned” from Rapture Theology

I could see the conclusion of this week’s posts coming from a mile away. I spent the first 24 years of my life in Plymouth Brethren churches that were at the forefront of promoting Rapture Theology. Here are some of the things that I “learned”. The return of Christ is in God’s timing, so Satan […]

Another Look: Time to Leave Behind the Rapture

Note from CM: We’ve talked about a few aspects of eschatology this week. I thought it might be good to re-post this piece that was originally run in May 2011, right before the Harold Camping debacle. As the header art indicates, the subject is bound to be widely discussed again soon, thanks to what I […]

Completing the King’s Afflictions

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. • Colossians 1:24, NRSV • • • 1. This week, we are focusing on what I guess might be called, “the quandary […]

The Triduan Shape of History

Today, we follow up yesterday’s post on The Most Vexing Question. To me, the fundamental quandaries raised in the piece were: Who would have thought that the life of Jesus’ church in “the last days” would span a history as long as Israel’s before Christ? And that our history would be as checkered under the […]

The Most Vexing Question

We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long. How long, O God . . . • Psalm 74:9-10 • • • What is (or should be) the most troublesome matter in theology for Christian people? It is the fact that we are […]

IM Book Review: An Agnostic Apocalypse

What would happen in the world, in the church, in our lives, if an event like the Rapture took place, but the event was completely enigmatic? What if hundreds of millions of people around the globe suddenly disappeared, but there was no rhyme or reason as to who was “taken” and who was “left behind”? […]

Our Terrestrial Hope

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. – Malt­bie D. Bab­cock The world into which we shall […]