Fri, Apr 27, 2018
Should we interpret texts that describe cosmic geophysical catastrophes as referring to actual phenomena or as merely figurative language referencing socio-political upheavals? Or, perhaps, should we interpret them as figurative language without an actual historical referent at all but as emotionally stimulating imagery of God’s grandeur in judging mankind? All these options are currently on the table in the evangelical community today...
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
Many commentators have noted the loss of American evangelical social concern by 1920. Premillennialism, and more particularly, dispensational premillennialism has been widely blamed for this cultural retreat. Early criticism came from both the older conservatives like Charles Hodge ("[premillennialism] disparages the gospel") and liberals like Social Gospel advocate Walter Rauschenbusch ("[pessimistic belief in supernatural forces of cultural evil] will be confined to narrow circles, mostly of premillennialists")...
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
In a previous article I noted that dispensationalism grew out of a nineteenth century situation. From the late 1800s until the present day, it has been a major point of contention inside Reformed circles with covenant theologians. Why do these two theologies that otherwise agree on the great body of orthodox christology and soteriology, disagree so vigorously in ecclesiology and eschatology?
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
In a recent article Robert W. Nicholson discusses the rising trend of anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian views in the evangelical community. Its major source is the Bethlehem Bible College with its "Christ at the Checkpoint" conferences that have attracted evangelical leaders from around the world. Interviewing the Bible College Arab-American professor, Alex Awad, Nicholson found him sympathetic to replacement theology...
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
In this political year in the U.S. we Christians are challenged to seek wisdom in how we exercise our citizenship responsibility. How do we decide who to vote for? Do we refrain from voting until the “perfect” candidate gets on our ballot? What should be our expectations? ...