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On the mortality of the soul

David Wilson Thank you for this reminder of the biblical integrity of the human nature. It does raise pastoral issues when talking with the bereaved who would like to think of those who have died “being with... (Sat, 24/06/2017 - 12:29)
Doane Andrew, When the Bible speaks of a “first” resurrection, what do you believe that is/happened? If in baptism we participate in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, could that be what changes us... (Sat, 24/06/2017 - 03:30)

Jesus and the job of modern missionaries

Eric Boehmer replied to Andrew So, Andrew, would you say that Christ’s “reign, until the last enemy is defeated” is a continuing reign over the Church? Paul seems to be thinking more globally in 1 Corinthians 15. (Thu, 22/06/2017 - 18:33)
Peter replied to Andrew Thanks, that distinction makes a lot of sense. (Thu, 15/06/2017 - 21:37)
Andrew replied to Peter When you said, “But Christendom is behind us. Jesus no longer rules over the nations,” did you mean he no longer rules or just that he is no longer recognized as the ruler? Tricky. In the Old... (Thu, 15/06/2017 - 19:27)
John Shakespeare Your diagram here is one of your more helpful ones (i.e. I understand it). No matter what its faults, which we may disavow and regret, Christendom has been an immense, world-changing power – largely... (Mon, 05/06/2017 - 18:08)
Peter I like this post and appreciate the fact that you recognized past posts typically just have a sentence or two at the end dealing with the question “What now?” and you attempted a bit more this time.... (Wed, 31/05/2017 - 19:36)

What happens to us after death?

Andrew replied to Caleb Smith John 5:25-29 is an odd piece of future eschatology in the Gospel—notice, for example, the contrast with the preceding paragraph 5:19-24. Jesus identifies himself with the “son of man” figure who is... (Thu, 22/06/2017 - 08:59)
Caleb Smith replied to Andrew I ask because I’m curious what you think the resurrection to damnation in John 5:29 amounts means. I figured it was relevant whether you thought it was Revelation’s author since I would imagine that... (Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:47)
Andrew replied to Philip Ledgerwood Thanks. That backs up my point. (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 19:12)
Philip Ledgerwood replied to Andrew The Jewish Encyclopedia gives a decent survey of the diversity of Jewish literature on the resurrection. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/12697-resurrection According to the article, a... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 18:36)
Andrew replied to Peter Good question.Conventional eschatology says that Jesus’ resurrection anticipates the final resurrection of all the dead at the end of the world, though it has problems squaring that with the belief... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 18:16)
Philip Ledgerwood replied to Rob Kampen But Paul and the Corinthians would fall into that category of martyrs raised with Christ to reign. Andrew’s article discusses this situation starting with the paragraph that begins “The first point... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 16:04)
Andrew replied to Caleb Smith I don’t think that the Gospel of John and Revelation were written by the same person. In my view the apocalyptic outlook of Revelation is almost entirely absent from the Gospel. Scholarship on the... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 13:00)
Rob Kampen 2 Cor 5:8 - absent the body (dead) present with the Lord. Nowhere do I see suspended animation until Jesus return. Also, after our death our spirit/soul moves outside time? So many interesting... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 09:38)
Caleb Smith Andrew, before I ask you the question in my head, I would first like to know whether you think the John of Revelation is the John of the Gospel. (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 00:55)
John Shakespeare ‘This is the top of the pyramid, supported by the massive bulk of biblical material below, much of it just hardcore filling.’ That’s a wonderful image, which I shall try to remember. I don’t like... (Tue, 20/06/2017 - 20:13)
Peter Hi Andrew, If the book of Revelation did not exist, would you still believe the dead stay dead until a future time when all will be resurrected and judged? In other words, are there other passages in... (Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:12)

Satan, The rise and fall of

Son Le replied to Andrew See, this is what I like. I do have problems with the Western more materialistic approach and the tendency to rationalize the Scriptures when there’s nothing quite wrong with it (I’m most definitely... (Wed, 21/06/2017 - 13:07)
Andrew replied to Son Le That’s a fair point of view. Thank you.The article does not take account of the sort of “empirical” or experiential evidence that you cite, and I’m not myself in a position to judge its authenticity... (Tue, 20/06/2017 - 17:24)
Son Le I’m sorry but I feel like you’re taking this out of the natural view of the Scriptures. As rational and logical as I am, there’s definite evidence to an actual existence of a “force” called Satan. I’... (Tue, 20/06/2017 - 13:46)

Faith, politics and salvation by Christ alone

davo I think we will manage this transition better if we revert to the old biblical paradigm of being a priestly people, serving the living God, in the midst of powerful and inhospitable cultures. Yep…... (Fri, 16/06/2017 - 15:02)

The destiny of the unevangelised (in narrative-historical perspective)

Andrew replied to Geoff Leslie I love the “panicky evangelism” phrase, and agree with most of this. I’m not sure biblically that we should expect global peace and harmony to break out at any point. Scripture seems to me pretty... (Thu, 15/06/2017 - 19:35)
Geoff Leslie I find your distinction between the ‘priestly people’ and the rest of the world rings true to the Bible. There never seems to be the kind of panicky evangelism that we have often been battered with... (Thu, 15/06/2017 - 19:28)
Peter Excellent post! Love your stuff. :) (Mon, 05/06/2017 - 18:30)

What “horizon” do we have to live for?

Micah Redding I think there’s probably a much more pressing eschatological crisis facing us: The rising social polarization and conflict brought about by global communications infrastructure. This is, ultimately,... (Tue, 13/06/2017 - 03:28)
Philip Ledgerwood Hey Andrew, I always love the succinct summary posts every so often. Maybe to help me forget about the political chaos on our side of the Pond. The interesting part to me is that bit about the... (Fri, 09/06/2017 - 16:29)

Was Jesus an adopted Son?

Andrew replied to Mark Edward So yes, it’s a fascinating article, but I think the mainstream interpretation holds good. Integral to the interpretation of the parable is the explanation of the novel decision on the part of God to... (Thu, 08/06/2017 - 12:49)
Andrew replied to Mark Edward Interesting. The article can be found here. I’ll have a look at it. (Wed, 07/06/2017 - 18:44)
Mark Edward Regarding Shepherd of Hermas, I’ve read argument from Bogdan Bucur (The Son of God and the Angelomorphic Holy Spirit) that the parable of the vineyard is misunderstood because readers conflate two... (Wed, 07/06/2017 - 17:17)