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A Nice Review of A Case for Amillennialism

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My friend, Roger Overton (over at the A-Team blog), has posted a nice review of A Case for Amillennialism.

The review can be found here: Click here: The A-Team Blog :: Main Page

You can check the book out on Amazon and read some of the reviews: Click here: A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times: Books: Kim Riddlebarger


Who Said That?

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Who said that? (or better, "what is this?")

"God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.

The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.

Jesus is God showing himself to us.

Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.

Nothing in creation `just happened.' God made it all.

Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.

Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.

God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, God can bring good even out of evil events and God promises victory over evil to those who choose him.

Heaven and hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.

The church is to serve people like Jesus served people..

Jesus is coming again."

Please, no google searches! Leave your guesses in the comments section below.


The Development of the New Perspective on Paul -- Stendahl, Sanders, and Dunn


In light of the very important debate over the Federal Vision (FV) going on at Scott Clark's Heidelblog (Click here: - The Heidelblog (Scott Clark), I thought it might be useful to post a paper which has been mentioned by several of those engaged in the debate.

The paper is entitled, "Reformed Confessionalism and the New Perspective on Paul."  Although now badly outdated--I originally wrote this paper for a Ph.D. seminar with D. A. Hagner way back in 1996--the paper does deal with the formation of what is now called the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) or better, "New Perspectives" on Paul, since there are significant differences among its key adherents.  

"Reformed Confessionalism" was written before N. T. Wright burst upon the public scene, and well before the Federal Vision was a gleam in its Auburn Avenue fathers' eyes.  Unlike several of the versions of this essay posted on-line, this particular version is not abridged and contains all the original footnotes. 

Sanders.jpg"Reformed Confessionalism and the New Perspective" deals with an important aspect of the New Perspective, namely the shift away from the earlier Bultmannian reading of Paul, largely through the efforts of Krister Stendahl (pictured above).  Stendahl's distinctive interpretation of Paul is often overlooked, but cannot be underestimated.  To some degree, it is Stendahl's attack upon the "Lutheran Paul," which paves the way for Sanders, Dunn, and Wright. 

Dunn.jpgUnderstanding the transition in argument from Stendahl, to E. P. Sanders, to James D. G. Dunn, will help the reader see the highly idiosyncratic interpretation of Paul and selective use of Palestinian sources by these men, as well as demonstrate that the NPP collides with several very important Pauline texts--namely Galatians 2:16, Romans 4:5 and Philippians 3:9.

I hope this essay will provide some light, if not on the current debate over NPP and FV, on the history of New Testament studies and the development of the Stendahl-Sanders-Dunn trajectory and its subsequent modification by N. T. Wright.

To read the essay, click here


Help Needed with Celebrity Endorsement!

hulkpreview.jpgEd Young of the Fellowship Church managed to secure Hulk Hogan for a promo video for his church. 

According to Young, "This new series featuring Hulk Hogan, Larger than Life, promises to help you discover God's direction for your life, and also equip you with the tools necessary to find the path toward that larger life." (h.t. Jon Welborn)

My question is, "which celebrity should we get to help promote Christ Reformed?"  Dr. Phil is too obvious . . .


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"Many of you have known the writer . . .  to be faithful, honest, caring for others, wise, of sound judgment, just, decisive, careful with the wealth of the people and the state . . . and that his heart is big enough to embrace all without discrimination.  You have known your brother and leader very well and he never bowed to the despots and, in accordance with the wishes of those who loved him, remained a sword and a banner. . . . I call on you not to hate because hate does not leave a space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking and keeps away one from balanced thinking and making the right choice. . . . Dear faithful people, I say goodbye to you, but I will be with the merciful God who helps those who take refuge in him and who will never disappoint any faithful, honest believer . . . God is great . . ."

This is an easy one!  Leave your guesses in the comments section.  Please, no google searches!


Did Anybody Else Watch This?

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It is the custom in our home that on Christmas morning I get up early, build a rip-roaring fire, make the coffee, and get ready for the family Christmas (which I celebrate with my wife and two sons).

While I was enjoying the fire and waiting for the sleepy-heads to get up (we were all zonked from our Christmas Eve service and a late night at my mother-in-laws', and my sons just finished up their finals, so they were pretty fried), I made the mistake of turning on the TV.  I had heard about recent terrorist threats, so I wanted to check the news.  I turned on Fox news only to see Rick Warren at Saddleback.

Did anyone else see this?  It was absolutely awful.  Apparently, I've misunderstood the meaning of Christmas.  I thought it had something to do with the Incarnation and with Jesus coming to save me from my sins.  No, Jesus came to give me purpose and to give Rick Warren slogans.  Warren did not preach from a text.  He repeatedly turned gospel into law.  He spoke in clichés and referred to his "peace" plan over and over.  It was the worst bunch of self-promotion in a pulpit I have ever seen.  Don't even start me on the "worship service," or whatever that abomination was . . . 

And no, my objections are not that of the typical cranky Reformed guy looking down his nose on evangelicals.  There was no "evangel" at all.  Even the liberal Episcopalians doing "Lessons and Carols" (which I watched before I went to bed on Christmas Eve) came closer to the gospel and the true meaning of Christmas than did Warren, the "Bible-believing" evangelical pastor.  It was awful . . . 

I hope Fox news sticks with the news and doesn't ever do this again.  I reluctantly turned on CNN and then gave thanks that terrorists did not attack.

After I turned off the TV in disgust, we enjoyed our family Christmas!  No thanks to Rick Warren and Fox news.


Scary Christmas!

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Saw this creepy photo in the news coverage of the Vatican Christmas Eve service.  Those poor boys were probably scared to death! Old Benedict XVI couldn't look more ghoulish if he tried.


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"Christ offers us the gift of salvation, and he will not go back on his word. But you and I are entirely capable of going back on our word by abandoning Christ and thereby forfeiting his gift of salvation . . . . Let's consider Saint John's . . . statement: No one can snatch out of Christ's hand those who whom the Father has given him. No external power is capable of wresting us out of Christ's loving embrace (Romans 8:28-29); but you can do it, if you decide to willfully rebel against God through mortal sin (1 John 5:16-17). If you die unrepentant in that state, you will have lost your salvation because you will have, in effect, snatched yourself out of Christ's hand."

OK, take a stab . . . Put your guess in the comments below. No google searches, please!


Lutheran Advent Calendar




I'll bet some of you are thinking, "I knew it."  (h.t. Rod Rosenbladt)

I'm thinking, "that's not a bad idea!"  All I need is some cardboard and a sharpie and I can really spruce up my little fridge in my study.

Sorry, but you Southern Baptists are out of luck . . .


Who Said That?

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Who said that?

"The resurrection of Jesus cannot be an authenticating miracle on the basis of which a doubter can be secure in believing in Christ.  This is so not because as a mythical event--a dead person's returning to life in this world (and this is what is involved, since the risen one is perceived with the physical senses)--it is incredible, or because the resurrection cannot be established as an objective fact by ever so many witnesses, so that it could unhesitatingly believed in and faith would have a secure guarantee.  It is so because the resurrection itself is an object of faith; and one cannot secure one (faith in the saving meaning of the cross) by another (faith in the resurrection)."

Please leave your guess in the comments section below.  No google searches!