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
Introduction John Calvin has always been a controversial figure. Even in our own day he has champions and critics. Calvin’s work and life are often misunderstood and distorted. The problem as I see it is that so often neither champion nor critic have taken the time to read what Calvin has written or the history of … Continue reading The Sad Story of Michael Servetus and John Calvin
Having an effective life for Christ is far from automatic or guaranteed. The very real possibility that one can be useless and unfruitful in “the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8) ought to shake us out of complacency and be a call to action. That is why Peter urged his … Continue reading Peter’s End Time Survival Guide: Neither Useless nor Unfruitful
One of the characteristic teachings of dispensationalism is the pretribulational rapture of the church. This is the view that Jesus will remove or rapture the church to heaven, both the living and the dead, from the earth prior to the tribulation. This doctrine is under constant assault. In a January 2019 article on the … Continue reading Defending the Rapture
In this series of posts we have been exploring Peter’s guidance concerning how we can be useful and fruitful in our Christian lives. So far he has commanded that we build on our faith by developing virtue, knowledge, self-control, and steadfastness. Today we will look at the final two qualities that will keep us from … Continue reading Peter’s End Time Survival Guide: Brotherly Affection and Love
I wonder if we have missed the point of systematic theology? By God’s good providence I have the opportunity to begin to prepare a series of doctoral level systematic theology courses for Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute. As part of my preparation for those courses I have looked into the origins of systematic theology … Continue reading Talking to Ourselves