May 5, 2016

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 […]

Eschatology starts in our past

Eschatology Week Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection I believe . . . on the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • The “last days” are […]

Eschatology Week: The Christian Hope = Resurrection

Eschatology Week Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection I believe . . . in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. • The Apostles’ Creed • • • These days, it seems that the gold standard for eschatological teaching in the Christian world is N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the […]