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New book out: End of Story: Same-Sex Relationships and the Narratives of Evangelical Mission

Helge No I don’t believe it. But yes , it is the best way or can to prove your approach . The famaous shibbolth-discussion… We just are discussing this in our congregation. It’s right in... (1 December, 2019 - 12:22)
Phil L. Bought! Don’t blow the royalty on some fast car or glitzy jewelry or anything. (30 November, 2019 - 17:44)
Andrew replied to Kevin Holtsberry I presume there will be a Kindle version some time. (30 November, 2019 - 15:30)
Kevin Holtsberry Interesting, will put on the To Be Read list. Wish there was a Kindle version. (30 November, 2019 - 15:22)

Killed and thrown into Gehenna

Sparrrow Thank you so much for explaining a passage that has troubled me! The way you explained it makes so much sense within the context of first century Jewish life. (27 November, 2019 - 23:10)

The subversion of the Jewish “hell” in the teaching of Jesus

Andrew replied to Sparrrow Thank you. (27 November, 2019 - 21:56)
Sparrrow Thank you so much for writing this article. The idea of hell has tormented me for a long time, and I am getting free of it, seeing that it isn’t even biblical. This article came to me at just... (27 November, 2019 - 21:34)

20 reasons for thinking that “Babylon the great” is Rome not Jerusalem

toddott It makes sense that Babylon the Great is Rome, the culmination of the beasts in Daniel. In Revelation, the beast has all the characteristics of a leopard, bear, and lion. But wouldn’t the Harlot... (23 November, 2019 - 13:50)

Reimarus on the second coming of Jesus

Edwardtbabinski Enlightenment thinkers on NT predictions of Jesus’s 2nd coming http://tinyurl.com/v8x43og (23 November, 2019 - 07:41)

What about the resurrection of the martyrs? When was that supposed to have happened?

Alex replied to Micah Redding The rule over earth from Heaven seems less a metaphysical rule than God’s accomedation for those who have died in the faith. It allows for those who have died to share in the inheritance of the... (20 November, 2019 - 23:49)
Micah Redding This theory suggests a kind of underlying New Testament metaphysic: You can’t reign over the Earth, unless you’re physically in Heaven. Presumably, this rule gets changed in... (20 November, 2019 - 23:15)
peter wilkinson replied to Alex Thanks for your comment Alex. Your first paragraph sets out your position well, which is also how I understand the historical meaning of resurrection, as far as there is one. My position is that... (15 November, 2019 - 07:26)
Alex replied to peter wilkinson Hi Peter, in my view virtually every discussion of resurrection in the Bible concerns firstly the public vindication of the righteous before their enemies as appears to be the case in Daniel 12:1-3,... (14 November, 2019 - 21:15)
peter wilkinson replied to Alex Alex: you select four passages which do not seem to be directly connected or making any statement together about a resurrection to a heavenly rule. The Matthew resurrections are presented as visible... (14 November, 2019 - 08:15)
Alex replied to peter wilkinson On what grounds can you say that it was unseen? Peter, I think if we take Jesus’ resurrection as prototypical for the early Christians as Paul states in 1 Thess 4:14, there is some reason to... (14 November, 2019 - 01:35)
davo replied to Andrew I don’t understand the distinction between “literal” and “temporal”. By that I simply meant… like the rebirth, resurrection was actual aka literal, but that didn’t mean it too was like... (7 November, 2019 - 13:20)

Review of Matthew Bates, Gospel Allegiance. What is faith?

Phil L. replied to Andrew Thanks, Andrew. That was a great passage from Williams. (15 November, 2019 - 18:05)
Andrew replied to Phil L. 1. I can’t answer that question off the top of my head. The loss of interest in apocalyptic began very early. There’s no apocalyptic discourse in John’s Gospel. The action in the temple is where John... (14 November, 2019 - 18:43)
Phil L. This pistis was certainly expressed as allegiance to Christ as Lord, but it emerged in the first place as belief in the testimony of the apostles, underpinned by signs and wonders and the direct... (12 November, 2019 - 15:00)

Understanding the big picture of the Bible: a guide to reading the Bible well

John of Glandorf replied to Mike Gantt AP,….the climax and declaration were quite specific and announced in Jesus statement to his disciples, ” and some of you standing here will not taste death till you see the Son of man coming in... (13 November, 2019 - 18:16)

Neither the prince of Tyre nor the king of Babylon is Satan

qadashdabar replied to Phil Ledgerwood Good points and searching…. Sabbath Saturday…….now to the point.. I think ur both on to something and right in some understanding………….always remember we... (9 November, 2019 - 15:14)

Gospel allegiance: coming into being bodily

Phil L. replied to Alex What you speculate in your last paragraph, I have seriously wondered about myself many times. (7 November, 2019 - 21:55)
Alex replied to Samuel Conner The problem seems to be that Paul envisioned this handing over of the kingdom to the Father as the end of all things, the end of history and death itself. But what has happened in modern times is not... (6 November, 2019 - 22:22)
Samuel Conner Thanks, Andrew; this is helpful. If I may be suffered to offer a tiny ‘editorial’ comment, perhaps we should regard the “kenosis” hymn to be “wonderfully” difficult :) My “vote” is cast with... (2 November, 2019 - 13:32)

Misreading the parable of the minas from the post-Christendom margins

Jason replied to Stephen The most obvious interpretation of the parable is that Jesus wanted those who rejected him, killed. It fits one of the main themes of the synoptic gospels, and that is “put out for me 100% or expect... (7 November, 2019 - 06:09)

Forgiveness of sins in Acts

Marc Taylor replied to James Mercer Not all speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:30). (6 November, 2019 - 21:45)
James Mercer replied to Andrew I too am continuing to ponder - many things. Another question re Peter’s encounter with Cornelius. Cornelius and his entourage ‘received the Spirit’. They spoke in tongues and praised God... (5 November, 2019 - 10:13)

More on the supposed incarnational christology of Romans 1:3

Rose Margareth http://tinyurl.com/y2dko5ky This got me to realise we have to try thinking outside our theological boxes….and think jewishly! What do you think of it? (4 November, 2019 - 21:46)

Modern evangelicalism is the new Gnosticism... well, sort of

paul bischoff replied to paul bischoff Sorry, make that Perriman (2 November, 2019 - 09:48)
paul bischoff Dr. Perriaman Look for my book, Evangelicalism Is Dead, coming out by Wipf and Stock in mid-2020. I totally agree with your correct suspicions about Evangelicalism and Gnosticism…this... (2 November, 2019 - 09:47)