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Thorny Issues in Eschatology

I told my therapist I was having nightmares about nuclear explosions. He said don't worry it's not the end of the world. ~Jay London My friend today asked me a question about eschatology. Particularly, if Jesus comes back and sets up a 1,000 year physical reign on earth; and then, after that 1,000 years, Satan is unleashed from his 1,000 year prison; and consequently, the world again rebels; who is it, exac ...

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Amillennialism – The Rise and Fall and Rise Again Of a Doctrine

Without a Millennium The Doctrine For The Majority You would not know it by all the "Left Behind" hype, but the majority of Christians today do not believe in Dispensational Premillennialism (the belief that the Rapture will happen sometime before the Second Coming of Christ and His literal 1,000 year reign). Many Protestants forget that Catholic Christians still make up the majority of believers and they, ...

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Historic PreMillennialism

This is a continuation on my "The End of the World" post. Follow along in this post as we explore historic premillennialism. Back to the Beginning A Quick Look at the History of Future Things Historic PreMillennialism, as an eschatological view, has a long and venerable history. Considered how the Early Church Fathers viewed the end times - it is how people like Ireneaus, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Papias, an ...

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Prophecy – From The Media To The Old Testament

This is a continuation on my "The End of the World" post. Follow along as we explore the sometimes wacky world of Biblical prophecy. Prophecy in the News A Multimedia Primer From World War 3 predictions to prophecies teased from the Bible Code - the internet is awash with prognostications about the end of time. But the truth is, there remain mountains of controversy about prophecy and little agreement. A re ...

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The End of the World – Our Imagination, Fears, and Possible Reality?

Why we are Fascinated with the End of Time The end of the world has haunted our minds for millennia.  Predictions have ranged from the gruesome to the sublime.  But despite the wide ranging appeal, the end of times has always remained a source of debate, not consensus.  So what is it about the end times that draws yet divides us?  Let's get to know some of the end time visions, debates, and major players an ...

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Proof of the Resurrection: Jerusalem

Proof of the Resurrection: Where the Early Church Started One of the most convincing proofs of the resurrection is where the early church started. It started in Jerusalem. Now if the resurrection did not happen, the inhabitants could have easily walked over to the tomb, saw that was still occupied, and promptly returned to laugh in the disciples face. But the fact is, they didn't. They got angry with them, ...

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Intimacy: The Point of Easter

"'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:31-32 Intimacy - it is the point of all creation. We were meant to love and be loved. We were meant to trust and depend and be dependable. We were meant to be agents of beauty, creativity, stewardship, an ...

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Prosperity Gospel: Prophetic Promise or Fleecing the Flock

In a recent expose, Charlotte Eyewitness News took a hard look at televangelist Todd Coontz.  His "ministry" encourages people to give money so that they can receive a double, even a triple blessing.  One donation amount that is asked for repeatedly is $273.  It is meant to bring divine favor because 2 = agreement, 7 = divine completion, and 3 = the number of the trinity.  It is also the number of his milli ...

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The Psychcology of Building a MegaChurch

The First Baptist Church of Dallas will complete a $130 million campus renovation in what is regarded as the largest church building campaign in recent history - as reported by Charisma News. The new campus is set to open on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. The new campus will have a new 3,000-seat sanctuary, which includes a 150-foot-wide viewing screen, which stretches nearly two-thirds across the room and ...

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An Interview with Andrew Root, PhD

Recently, I read the book, Taking Theology to Youth Ministry by Andrew Root.  In this book, Andrew does a great job of deconstructing youth ministry, exposing its faults, lauding its successes - and then reconstructing it in such a way that it serves as a more holistic approach to reaching this church demographic. He is passionate about students, discipleship, spiritual maturity, and asking the question: 'W ...

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