Christmas: Another Proof for Premillennial Eschatology

The manifold proofs for a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology are extensive. Great books over the last 50 or so years have been written to show that the Bible does1 indeed teach a pre-tribulational, premillennial eschatology. To deny this truth is to have a presupposition already in place for which you refuse to give up (e.g., “I believe in reformed theology, therefore I am Amillennial in my eschatology”). With that said, I believe the Christmas story is yet another proof (yes, proof!) of a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology.

How do I arrive at that? Simply, I read the Christmas account as presented by Luke.… Continue reading

Royal Priests—Similarity, Not Identity

horned_altar_crownHow is the Church’s priesthood like that exercised by Melchizedek or by believing Israelites? Melchizedek’s functional role joined together kingship and priesthood—his was the first royal priesthood (Genesis 14:18). An echo of Melchizedek’s priesthood occurs when God appoints Israel as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). Of course, Jesus Christ’s own priesthood consists of the same royal priesthood (Zechariah 6:12–13; Hebrews 5:6, 10). As we shall see, the Christian believer’s priesthood also belongs to the same classification according to 1 Peter 2:1–12.

A Holy People

The apostle Peter quotes directly from the Old Testament to point to the similarities between the people of God in Israel and the people of God in the Church.… Continue reading

Reprise: The First Christmas Gift

xmas picAs we move through the Christmas season, so often despite our best intentions, we can lose the proper focus. We know that there is no Christmas without Christ, but we can become practical secularists, worried about making sure there are enough cookies baked, that the house is ready for the arrival of out of town guests and of course that the right presents are purchased, wrapped and delivered to the right people.

But as we celebrate Christmas, it is of the utmost importance that we remember the first Christmas gift ever given. I am not referring to the gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to the Christ child, but to the Christ child Himself.… Continue reading

Learning from The Forgotten Spurgeon

the-forgotten-spurgeonOf the books I had the opportunity to read this year, Iain Murray’s The Forgotten Spurgeon stands out among them. Every time I read a book by Murray, I am greatly edified, and this time was no exception. At this point, it was the book I gained the most from reading in 2016. So, in this post I’d like to share some of the primary lessons I learned from it.

Originally published in 1966, The Forgotten Spurgeon looks to the controlling center of life and doctrine of Charles Haddon Spurgeon; the great Calvinistic, Baptist, Evangelical preacher of 19th C.… Continue reading

Please, Stop the Mad-Ness

I feel a bit compelled this week to write about a problem that has been building for years, and which last week it reached perhaps its high point so far: the ludicrous online outrage over the featured couple from the HGTV show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines.

This compulsion, however, isn’t because some random person happened to publish a guilt-by-association hit-piece on a couple for probably believing what their pastor believes about same-sex marriage. Nor is it because it’s one of the only current shows I actually know anything about.

Rather, I’m concerned with the response to such things I see from the evangelical community, and I want to make a plea to those who might listen.… Continue reading