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Twelve important things to keep in mind about the Christmas stories

Andrew replied to peter wilkinson brink: “a point at which something, typically something unwelcome, is about to happen; the verge: the country was on the brink of a constitutional crisis | the club has come close to the brink,... (22 December, 2019 - 17:12)
Marc Taylor replied to Andrew The rule of Jesus is not limited to simply all nations. It is that and so much more - the entire universe. Murray Harris: When believers sing or recite the confession ‘Jesus is Lord’, we are... (22 December, 2019 - 10:13)
peter wilkinson replied to Andrew You bring Israel to the brink of disaster, implying that the disaster wasn’t total. I meant total disaster did actually happen - which was what all the nations saw. I think a virgin conception... (22 December, 2019 - 10:07)
Andrew replied to peter wilkinson Thank you for this, Peter.Whatever king was being born, it rapidly became apparent that Israel was not simply on the brink of disaster, but was about to be overwhelmed by it in the sight of all the... (22 December, 2019 - 09:44)
Andrew replied to Marc Taylor To claim that since the Lord Jesus was “given” this authority/power it proves that He is not God actually destroys monotheism. Since the Lord Jesus has universal power (which means He is... (22 December, 2019 - 09:34)
peter wilkinson A fresh slant on the 12 Days of Christmas perhaps? As the 12 Days were meant in the church calendar, if not in the song, to lead to Epiphany, maybe the something similar could be said about your post... (21 December, 2019 - 22:56)
Marc Taylor replied to Andrew TDNT: Elsewhere, however, it is said of the Redeemer during His earthly life that He has laid aside His power and appeared in lowliness and humility, Mt. 11:29; 12:18-21; 2 C. 8:9; Phil. 2:5-8…... (21 December, 2019 - 21:09)
Andrew replied to Marc Taylor Don’t forget also that according to Matthew 28:18 Christ is omnipotent (= God). This is not what the verse says. Jesus declares that “all authority” has been given to him. He didn’t have it before... (21 December, 2019 - 16:26)
Andrew replied to Alex Deep questions! The angel says to Mary that YHWH will give to Jesus the throne of his father David and that he will “reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end... (21 December, 2019 - 16:15)
Marc Taylor replied to Andrew Only Christ being God could He be with every believer at all times (Matthew 28:20). This holds true also for prayer (Matthew 18:20). Although others can be referred to as “Immanuel,” Christ is truely... (21 December, 2019 - 11:43)
Andrew replied to Marc Taylor Thanks for this, Marc.Isaiah describes the boy born in the court of Ahaz as being “God with us”. Indeed, unlike Jesus, this boy is actually given the name Immanuel. But he was not God incarnate. His... (21 December, 2019 - 10:21)
Marc Taylor Point #1 is incorrect. Matthew’s account describes the Lord Jesus as being “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Matthew would immediately reveal to us that this is to be understood in its fullest... (21 December, 2019 - 05:55)
Alex Andrew, the Lukan nativity songs seem to express what might have been if Israel and its leadership had accepted rather than killed their Messiah. As such there is nothing about a child born to die... (20 December, 2019 - 17:45)

The fullness of time: why did Jesus come when he did?

Helge Seekamp Grace is God acting to maintain the historical existence of his chosen people, come what may. it could be so easy and clear… thanx. In your analysis I see very well the patterns of changing... (15 December, 2019 - 14:15)
Helge Seekamp Grace is God acting to maintain the historical existence of his chosen people, come what may. it could be so easy and clear… thanx. In your analysis I see very well the patterns of changing... (15 December, 2019 - 14:10)

Why I don’t like being labelled a “preterist”

Phil L. replied to JD I’m not sure I followed that. Are you saying that John saw a vision of a vision he would later receive in the future that was about something that happened in the past? (12 December, 2019 - 13:57)
JD replied to Phil L. It’s important to note that John was not witnessing the actual birth of Christ here, but a great sign appearing in Heaven (Revelation 12:1) that would reperesent past events shown throughout... (12 December, 2019 - 05:22)
Phil L. replied to JD So you would say that the seven letters that describe the characteristics of the Asia Minor churches are not describing the churches at the time, but churches in the future? And the heavenly elders... (12 December, 2019 - 04:51)
JD replied to Phil L. “Why does a later authorship date mean some of the imagery can’t be referring to the destruction of the Temple?” Because Revelation is a book of prophecy, not history. The 2nd temple was destroyed in... (12 December, 2019 - 02:35)
Andrew replied to JD Thanks for this. I agree that Revelation cannot be taken as consistently referring to events leading up to or associated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Rome. Nevertheless: 1.... (11 December, 2019 - 23:17)
Phil L. replied to JD Why does a later authorship date mean some of the imagery can’t be referring to the destruction of the Temple? (11 December, 2019 - 00:37)
JD The post-70 A.D. dating of the book of Revelation renders all preterist thought null and void. The earliest Christian historian who recorded the church’s knowledge of the Domitianic dating of... (10 December, 2019 - 04:12)

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

Andrew replied to Helge Hi Helge. Thanks for reading it. You will certainly find the “grace-driven” argument in English-speaking evangelicalism, and in many ways it is very attractive. But as you say, it struggles to find a... (8 December, 2019 - 18:46)
Helge replied to Helge I read the book. I am impressed and find it as a well constructed argumentation, thouroghly and focused to the English speaking churches. Very interesting that the German mainline churches give some... (7 December, 2019 - 22:01)
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)