Once someone becomes committed to a belief there is a tendency to refuse to acknowledge any facts to the contrary. This selective sifting out of contrary realities is called willful ignorance. Often willful ignorance has disastrous consequences. Willful ignorance, for example, was at the heart of the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The report on this incident cited … Continue reading The Willful Ignorance of William Lane Craig
This book by James D. Quiggle is an important resource. His goal, as stated in the introduction, is to discuss four distinctive doctrines of Dispensational theology and to contrast them with Covenant theology. His work opens with chapters that define Dispensationalism, and another that provides a history of Dispensational thought in the early church. This chapter is particularly … Continue reading Book Review: Understanding Dispensational Theology
Jesus opened His first sermon in Matthew 5 by encouraging and comforting those coming to him by telling them of the blessings of the coming kingdom. We call these the beatitudes. Each began with “Blessed are…” and concluded with a promise. I want to call your attention to the blessing in Matthew 5:5. It is probably very familiar to … Continue reading The Meek Will Inherit The…What?
Amillennialists see the return of Jesus as one single event at the end of history. In their view, Jesus arrives in a personal, visible, and physical way just in time for the end of the world. They reject the notion that His arrival is imminent since several "signs" or events must happen first. Lewis Berkhof contends, "According … Continue reading The Imminent Return of Jesus
https://youtu.be/ylDmZdH1uI0 In this video, Dr. Michael Brown was asked what his problems with dispensationalism were. I thought his answers provided an opportunity for learning how to answer his somewhat common objections so that you are ready should someone bring these up to you. But first, in this post, I want to address his way of … Continue reading Dr. Michael Brown’s Problems With Dispensationalism
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."Mark 8:34 Following Jesus is a Daily Exercise in Yielding to God The cross was a potent symbol of Roman authority and power. A condemned … Continue reading The Messy Process of Knowing God’s Will
This little gem of a book was written in 1902 by Arno C. Gaebelein. I am fortunate to have an original edition. However Dispensational Publishing House has recently republished this work. If you click on their name it will send you over to the book on their website. By the way, let me just say … Continue reading Book Review: The Harmony of the Prophetic Word
Last time I mentioned that there are two views on where Jesus will return to earth at His second coming. One view is that He will return first to the Mount of Olives. We examined the Biblical and theological support for that view. This time we will turn to an alternative view. Some think … Continue reading Jesus is Coming, But Where? Part 2
An ongoing discussion among dispensationalists is where Jesus will first return at His second advent. There are two schools of thought. One understands that He will return to the Mount of Olives. The other is that He will return to Bozrah in present day Jordan or Biblical Edom. The idea that Jesus will arrive at … Continue reading Jesus is Coming, But Where?
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV) God Transforms At the moment of salvation, we are all blessed beyond measure by the … Continue reading The Transforming Power of God’s Word