WWJD re-reduxed

May 19, 2011

A friend of mine asked me @ this whole Camping prediction of Judgement Day being two days away. Here was my short-but-sweet answer:

First of all, I believe that all of the NT was finished being written by 70 AD (as opposed to most Xns who think Rev was written @ 90 AD). Second, in my opinion, if #1 is true, then I believe the expectation of Jesus’ coming that he predicted in Matt 24 was about the destruction of Israel and the removal of the Temple (Old Creation); if both of these are true, then the majority of the NY letters when talking about Jesus’ coming and paying back the enemies of his people, the Church, are talking about that. Third, the “coming” that Jesus talked about was not to end the physical world as most think, but judgement against Israel and for the church and this is what Revelation is about: God is divorcing his whore of a wife, Israel and taking a new bride (New Creation in Rev 21). Fourth, as Rev discusses, a 1000 year period of time (symbolic of OT periods of time between the building and rebuilding of the Temple: Solomon’s–>Herod’s=1000 years [pretty sure that’s right]) will elapse wherein the Kingdom of X will grow and flourish culminating in the final judgement of all mankind (of which the previous one against Israel was a miniature). Fifth, the fact that Jesus’ words @ his coming to judge Israel came true, one can then trust that his judgement of all mankind at the final resurrection will come to pass as well. Finally, what this means is that Camping is looking at prophecies that have already happened and applying to fit his scheme and so he is wrong. Finally, finally, the prophets look for a time when the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord and where Jesus will defeat all his enemies including death; since this hasn’t happened and probably won’t happen by Saturday, he ain’t coming back for quite a long time!!!! Thanks for asking, that was fun!

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In lieu of…..

November 11, 2007

Since I didn’t show up for City’s Gate worship this morning but stayed in the area to attend my in-laws’ church (they were serving piping hot smashed spuds and all the fixins afterwards), I thought I would pontificate a bit on a conversation I had with a friend yesterday.

We were talking (at one point) about decision making.  “How does one know what God wants one to do about….”  Now, these were not moral issues of right or wrong but of indiscriminate issues of “this job” or “that wife.”  Now that last one needs clarified, right?

My premise is sustained by Augustine.  He says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and then to…..do whatever you want.

Let that sink in.  Do you feel the “kabod”, the weight, the glory?  As in the words of Marty McFly, “Whoa, Doc, that’s heavy!”

My friend was asking, How do I choose a job?  whether I do this or that? which girl for a wife?

My answer was simple: do what you want.  Do you want that job?  Do you want to move?  Do you like her enough to…?

Is it that simple?  I say, yes.  It is that profound.

What would you say?

November 7, 2007

If you were visiting a church from out of town and the session required visitors to give evidence of their faith before communing, how would you answer their query?

Why do you want to celebrate the Eucharist (Good Grace or Gift)?