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By Dwight Burgess

Forcing Fulfillment of Prophecies
Dwight responds with some excellent insights to Timothy King’s comments on  “Questions About Israel.”

By Valori Farrell

Just God and Me?
Some thought-provoking thoughts on God’s plan for his body.  Was God’s plan an individualistic relationship with Him or something else?

The New Jerusalem
What is the New Jerusalem as described in the Bible?  Is it something we are still waiting for or is it a present reality to be enjoyed by all believers

By Timothy King

Colossians: The Hope Laid Up for You in Heaven
Many Christians today are taught that the “hope laid up in heaven” is still in your future, still awaiting fulfillment.  Tim examines Colossians 1:3-5 and the idea that it was something the early Christians received and we enjoy today.

Colossians: What Is the Will of God?
Many Christians today think God hides his will to the earnest Christian. Tim looks at Colossians 1:9 to examine this often misunderstood concept, showing that God’s true will has been revealed quite clearly.

Colossians: What Is the Domain of Darkness? 
Is the Domain of Darkness of which Paul speaks in Colossians 1:13 some demonic spiritual realm or is it something more personal, something from which we can know we’ve really been delivered by Christ?

God’s Love as Our Supreme Standard
What’s the difference between someone who says they love their Christian brothers and one who really does?  We must look to God’s love for us to define how we are to love one another.

Hinn-diana Jones and the Temple to Come  Benny Hinn and a host of evangelicals are in support of a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.  Can this be good for the cause of the gospel?

I Condemnations 13  This rare manuscript was unearthed in the excavation of a fundamentalist church in the south. It gives a glimpse into the mind of the modern legalist, does it not?

No Spiritual Couch Potatoes!  (Romans 12:11a) Paul exhorts his readers to not be lazy when it comes to diligence.  But in what are we to be diligent?

On Glory and Unity
These are some thoughts on the connection between glory and unity, themes found in Jesus’ priestly prayer of John 17.  The notes are from our weekly Restoration Ministry gatherings.

Paul, Barnabas and the Unity of Believers
The “split” between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41 has always been portrayed as hostile.  But if we examine the text more closely, does the conflict have to be one of strife?

Questions About Israel  Tim makes his contribution to the Preterist Symposium on the question of modern Israel and it’s significance in biblical history and modern politics.

Red-Hot in the Holy Spirit!  (Romans 12:11b)  What is Paul talking about when he exhorts us to be “fervent in the Spirit?”

Responding to Larry Hall’s “The Preterist Heresy”

  • Eschatology and Salvation  I address Larry’s charges that preterists (I assume that includes me) are not truly Christian.
  • “Those Hated Creeds!”  Here, I address Larry’s rather distorted characterization of preterist’s attitude toward the creeds.
  • The Date of Revelation I deal with Larry’s arguments that Revelation was written well after the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70.
  • Acts 1:11 — A Physical Coming? Here I answer Larry Hall’s claim that this text asserts that Jesus’ second coming will be bodily and physical.
  • The Resurrection Body of Jesus  Larry accuses preterists of violating orthodoxy because of their stance on the resurrection.

A Theology of Theology  I examine 1 Corinthians 8 trying to ask the question of why argument and debating over theology too often trump love for one another.

By Roger Lange

Heresy  It is not uncommon for some in Christian circles, when they disagree with another believer, to point the finger at the offending doctrines and cry “heresy!”  But according to Scriptures, what does “heresy” really mean?

By Hal West

A Case for Christian Love  With Christians jumping into the political realm defending their “rights,” Hal ponders whether or not we’ve lost sight of one of the fundamentals of our faith: simple love for others.

Will the Real Ishmael Please Stand Up?   Much of the modern church believe that the modern Arabs are the descendants of Ismael.  But what is the apostolic teaching on this subject?

By Jon Zens

Are We Eating With the Right People?  Jon exhorts us to break out of our churchy shells and seek out those who challenge our sense of propriety

Building Up the Body: One Man or One Another?  Is the body of Christ meant to grow spiritually by the ministry of one professional (or staff), or is it to be built up by each member?

Burdened about Prophecy Fever  Jon expresses his thoughts on the current trend of “end times lottery” — i.e., who’s got the winning number on the day Jesus will come?

Churches Seeking Truth as Communities of Faith  Rather than churches using truth to attack one another, we need a paradigm where churches see truth as their common goal and will work together to understand God’s truth.

The Clergy/Laity Distinction: A Help or Hindrance to the Body of Christ?  Is the body of Christ best served by a “professional” clergy leading and teaching the people?  Jon encourages us to think of a different paradigm.

Comments on “A Churchless Faith”  Jon reflects on an article commenting on the vast droves of people leaving the institutional church.  Leaving the institutional church means nothing if it’s not replaced by genuine “ekklesia” life.

Compassionate Discipleship  In the midst of a world frustrated and at its wit’s end, what is a quality needed by the church today that could bring light in darkness?  We need a revival of spiritual compassion.

Dialogue on “Is America Babylon? Jon has an e-mail dialogue with David Dyer on the question of whether America is the “Babylon” in the book of Revelation.

Double Deliverance Under the New Covenant  Delivered from sin by Christ?  Yes, but we too often stop there and not realize that we are also delivered from the “elements of the world” so that we are free to serve one another.

Each According to His Own Abilities  Subtitled “Principles of New Covenant Giving.”  Jon examines the concept of giving and tithing under the New Covenant.

Encouragements to Practice Christian Love  The full title is “Several Propositions Set Forth as Encouragements to Practice Christian Love in Local Churches”  Simple but needful reminders for every church.

Let’s Grow Up . . . Together!  What hinders Christians from growing up into maturity in Christ?  There are a number of factors to be considered before the church will quit “acting like children.”

Letter To A Church Leader  In modern church life, do we cling to church traditions or obey God’s word?  This letter challenges some of our commonly accepted church practices such as the pastor, the sermon and the church building.

A Look at Women in the History of Redemption  Has the modern church been ignoring half the priesthood?  Jon examines the Scripture on the suject of women in the New Covenant.

Must the Law Be Preached Prior to the Gospel? Subtitled, “A Brief Examination of Proof-texts for ‘Law Preaching’.”  This is actually an addenda to Jon’s critique of “Hell’s Best Kept Secret.”

A Plea for a Berean Spirit  What blocks the church from having a deeper understanding of God’s word?  Perhaps it’s an attitude that would rather cling to traditions than examine God’s word together.

Prophets or Profiteers? Billed as: “A Challenge to Those Who Tarnish the Gospel With Their Doomsday Dogmatism — How They Mislead the Saints and Often Get Rich in the Process”

Sticking it Out with Fellow Disciples  If the church is not bonded together in the gospel in an accepting atmosphere where doctrine and practice can be worked out in humility as a body, we won’t get anywhere!

When Has Authority Gone Too Far?  When does a church and its leadership slide from having godly, biblical leadership to becoming an authoritarian cult?

“When We Were In the Flesh”  Should Romans 7:7 ff. shape the Christian’s self image?  Is Paul here describing the Christian’s struggle or is he speaking of the pre-Christian, under-law experience?

Where Does God Exalt the Office of “Preacher”?  Is there biblical warrant for setting one man or ministry above the rest?  Or has this practice been more detrimental to the body of Christ?

Will Diversity Confuse the Sheep?  Can a church survive if members are allowed to question the doctrinal status quo and present a diversity of ideas beyond what is traditionally accepted?

The Worthy Walk: Individualistic or Corporate?  America is the home of “rugged individualism.”  But is that the way it should be in the church?  We need a view that honors our uniqueness while saying, “We need each other!”

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