April 24, 2014

NT Wright on the Intermediate State

This morning, as a side note, I mentioned that Andrew Perriman does not find support in the New Testament for the “intermediate state” — a place of conscious existence between death and resurrection. As you might suppose, this is an ongoing topic of discussion for me in my work as a hospice chaplain. I find […]

Hell, You Say?

If we are going to understand what Jesus and the authors of the New Testament meant when they spoke about the wrath of God or judgment or Gehenna, we have to come at the matter with an entirely different frame of mind. We have to read historically and contextually rather than theologically and abstractly. We […]

Now. On Earth.

Is that it? Is this the message? Is this what Jesus and the apostles announced? Are we in rehearsals? Is this prep time for the final exam? Are we taking batting practice? Is this pre-season and we’re sorting out the team, making the cuts, setting the roster? Are we humans given sixty, seventy, eighty or […]

As Long as We Approach the Bible This Way, We’re in Trouble

I will confess: I have been away from this kind of thinking for quite awhile now, so whenever I hear a clear example of it, I am almost shocked at how silly it sounds to me at this point in my journey. I saw a post recently by Pastor/Evangelist Greg Laurie with this title: Where […]

Hmm…Signs of the Times?

Hmm… It has been quite a week. I wonder if we are seeing “signs of the times”? A Roman Catholic Pope resigns for the first time in over 600 years. G20 global finance leaders gather in Moscow (and a meteor explodes in Russian skies — coincidence?) Another person in Great Britain has contracted a potentially […]

Eschatological Me

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal. 2:20, KJV) You died, and your life is hidden with […]

It Always Comes Back to the Ending

Advent is about eschatology. That five dollar theological term simply means “the study of the eschaton” (the last day). The Bible divides time into two great epochs: this present age and the age to come. We live in the now; we await the not yet. Scripture anticipates the end from the start. When Genesis 1:1 […]

A Way Forward for Eschatology

By Chaplain Mike Two years ago, Scot McKnight did a five-part series called “The Future of Christian Eschatology” on his Jesus Creed blog. We have all had this subject on our mind this week, thanks to the looney predictions of Harold Camping and all the press they received. Today, I offer a summary from one […]

My Last Post . . . Ever!

By Chaplain Mike After 6pm tomorrow night, I will either be “caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thess 4:17), or so busy dealing with the aftermath of The Global Earthquake that will shake the world, that I will not have time for blogging. And since I have decided not […]

Time to Leave Behind the Rapture

By Chaplain Mike Come on, children You’re acting like children Every generation Thinks it’s the end of the world – Wilco, “You Never Know” I had a spiritual awakening as a teenager in a time when prophetic expectations were high. Israel was in her land and engaged in violent confrontations with her antagonistic neighbors. Issues […]