May 21, 2018

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 […]

A Fight about the Finish

Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s feature bout. We are excited to feature two young fighters at the top of their game. They come to the ring today to trade punches, each hoping to give hell to his opponent and to settle once and for all the significance of that biblical doctrine. In this corner, representing […]

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 […]