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Who came to seek and save the lost sheep of the house of Israel?

P Duggan My personal take is the “seeking the lost” is a callback to Ecclesiastes 3:15 (which has a variety of translations that spin off in different directions, but “gathering the driven away” seems in the... (30 May, 2019 - 15:30)

Questioning the answer to adoptionist christology: Prepare the way of which Lord?

Marc Taylor replied to Miguel de Servet The Lord (YHWH) of Joel 3:5 (LXX) is applied by Peter (and Luke) unto Jesus in Acts 2:21. (30 May, 2019 - 12:51)
Andrew replied to Michael Brooks Thanks, Michael. A nice set of comments.How do you understand the virgin birth in relationship to this?I think that the virgin birth has nothing to do directly with incarnation: it is understood as... (28 May, 2019 - 11:00)
Andrew replied to Miguel de Servet Yes. Because the Lord who is YHWH gave the Spirit to the Lord who is greater than David to pour out on his followers (Acts 2:33). (26 May, 2019 - 12:10)
Miguel de Servet This Lord will baptise Israel with the Holy Spirit and, according to Matthew and Luke, with the fire of God’s judgment (Matt. 3:11-12; Lk. 3:16-17). He will come suddenly to the temple not to destroy... (25 May, 2019 - 12:24)
Phil L. replied to Michael Brooks Thanks, Michael. So, if I’m reading you correctly (and please correct me if I’m not), the first part of your answer is more about whether or not the biblical texts are reliable if... (24 May, 2019 - 18:39)
Andrew replied to Michael Brooks Hebrews talks about Jesus’ blood being better than the blood of Abel. That is because his blood is that of God Himself in the flesh.With respect, Michael, this looks like theology getting in the way... (24 May, 2019 - 18:05)
Michael Brooks replied to Andrew I’d say it’s a Greek re-working of the Jewish narrative about the God who anointed his “Son” with the Holy Spirit to fulfil his mission as the ideal servant to Israel, a narrative which became the... (24 May, 2019 - 18:05)
Michael Brooks replied to Phil L. Hello Phil, I would say that everything hinges on if Jesus was who He says He was. The gospels don’t make sense if everything Jesus said about His own identity and what the authors said... (24 May, 2019 - 17:37)
Andrew replied to Michael Brooks I simply mean that the development of the doctrine of the trinity was as much part of history as the writing of the New Testament. I think that the authors of scripture were inspired, but they... (24 May, 2019 - 17:28)
Andrew replied to Michael Brooks Your main issue is that it is “greek” in origin and not so much Biblical. I’d say it’s a Greek re-working of the Jewish narrative about the God who anointed his “Son” with the Holy Spirit to... (24 May, 2019 - 17:18)
Phil L. replied to Michael Brooks Hi Michael, I don’t want to interrupt your exchange with Andrew, but I did have a question for you about the last bit that you said. What is it about what Jesus accomplished that... (24 May, 2019 - 04:06)
Michael Brooks replied to Michael Brooks And please explain to me what you mean by “process” rather than repainting the NT. Do you think the inspired authors of Scripture (maybe you take issue with “inspired”) were at some point unclear in... (23 May, 2019 - 17:26)
Michael Brooks replied to Andrew Understanding that the story of Scripture matters, I believe there should be a place for systematic definition of what we believe is presented in the Bible. Your main issue is that it is “greek” in... (23 May, 2019 - 17:23)
Andrew replied to Michael Brooks Good question. I don’t think that the trinity is an “accurate description” of what the Bible teaches. I think the hermeneutical prominence that we give to it has badly obscured and corrupted the... (21 May, 2019 - 21:41)
Michael Brooks After readin this, I have a queston I do feel the need to ask. Do you deny the deity of Jesus? Do you hold to the trinity as the accurate description of what the Bible teaches? (21 May, 2019 - 21:19)

Why won’t there be marriage in the resurrection?

Eric Breaux replied to Scot MG I forgot to mention that marrying and being given in marriage wasn’t done for Adam and Eve to be married, so thats another reason Jesus couldn’t have meant changing peoples desire that he... (28 May, 2019 - 22:57)
Eric Breaux replied to Scot MG No it doesn’t, only legal customs of marriage were invented after humanity sinned, so thats all Jesus could be refering to, not the union of a man and woman in an intimate sexual relationship.... (28 May, 2019 - 22:53)

Did Jesus preach to the spirits in prison between his death and resurrection?

David King Hey Andrew, in your definitions of ‘death’, have you taken into consideration the portions that speak of a (covenant) death that was brought when they transgressed the Mosaic Covenant? and not a... (28 May, 2019 - 09:16)

Defending the narrative-historical definition of the kingdom of God

Samuel Conner re: “We can’t make the Bible say theologically what we want it to say. We can’t make it serve our personal and ecclesial agendas.” Well, we can, if we don’t mind being post-modern. In that... (23 May, 2019 - 21:22)

(Re-)defining the kingdom of God in nine words

paul My take: God’s management of the world through his people. The kingdom (as conceived by Jesus and Paul IMO) is a world kingdom administered by Jews with righteousness and justice. (23 May, 2019 - 01:03)
Phil Ledgerwood replied to Samuel Conner I think you’re right about that. Apart from staving off the numerical losses, this kind of theologizing is also usually a precursor to explaining why the Church should be focused on “the... (22 May, 2019 - 18:05)
Andrew replied to Samuel Conner The discussion has for me a bit of the feel of haggling over emphasis and terminology.I wouldn’t disagree with that as far as modern practice is concerned, though “kingdom” language is hardly... (22 May, 2019 - 16:09)
Samuel Conner replied to Samuel Conner I should have prefaced that I very much appreciate the emphasis on “Kingdom” being “what God does” rather than “what we do”. We don’t need modern equivalents of violent men advancing their... (22 May, 2019 - 14:32)
Samuel Conner The discussion has for me a bit of the feel of haggling over emphasis and terminology. If one of the principal present tasks of the people of God is to “serve the Creator’s interests” (agreed)... (22 May, 2019 - 12:42)
Andrew replied to Evan Hadkins Yes, but the city is specifically the dwelling place of God, where presumably the redeemed—and perhaps only the martyrs—serve as a priesthood, set in the midst of a new earth, where the nations walk... (22 May, 2019 - 09:49)
Evan Hadkins Ellul points out, in The Meaning of the City, that we are not pictured as heading to a renovated garden but to a transformed city. God transforms even our evil and rebellion. (21 May, 2019 - 23:58)
Andrew replied to Phil Ledgerwood No, it doesn’t have the political character that it had in the biblical period. That’s largley why I used the word “management”, though that could sound too corporate.Arguably, it’s... (21 May, 2019 - 16:21)

Should we “water down” the doctrine of the Second Coming?

David King Great stuff. Thanks. Have you done one yet linking the apostate Jewish leadership to the “enemies made his footstool”? (21 May, 2019 - 21:12)

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

Andrew replied to David King Sure. I’m delighted you think it is worth sharing. (21 May, 2019 - 16:25)