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Series: New Testament Eschatology

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From time to time, I hear a lot about the early church’s understanding of the “end of the world” or their belief that the “Second Coming of Jesus” would take place within their generation. And it’s usually not in a very good light. “They were obviously mistaken,” is often the remark I hear most. I know it’s hard to imagine but what if we’re mistaken? What if we’ve misunderstood what they meant? I’m hoping that this series on some of the major statements from the New Testament about the “end of the world” will show that they weren’t mistaken in their understanding of the “signs of the times.” Before we begin, however, let’s look at some terms that will have to be used. As most of you know, I try to refrain from using big “church” words. My reason for this is because those words are like suitcases where ideas and thoughts and understandings are packed into them. To explain the words would mean a long time spent unpacking the suitcases and explaining their contents. While such a pil

Traditional Wet Shaving Discovery

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When I first started my traditional wet shaving journey several years ago, my wife gave me a really nice Sandalwood shaving soap from the Art of Shaving . It came in a really beautiful, wooden bowl and smelled amazing! But… When I used the soap, it really irritated my skin. The first pass was fine but the second pass made my skin burn a little bit. When I tried a third pass, I had to wash off the soap immediately. My skin was all red like I had been scalded. Ever since then, I’ve only used fragrance free soap. A few months back, I tried that soap again thinking that my skin had probably toughened up after all these years. While my skin might have gotten better, the soap still burned me so I just stuck in the cabinet. I should note that hundreds of other traditional wet shavers don’t have that reaction to the Art of Shaving’s Sandalwood shave soap. I’m just one of those people that has a bad reaction to it. Furthermore, others have bad reactions to other soaps or creams. In a recent vi

Second Sunday of Christmas (Year B)

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  John 1.[1-9], 10-18 (TIB; adapted): [1] [IN THE BEGINNING there was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. 2 The Word was present to God from the beginning. 3 Through the Word all things came into being, and apart from the Word nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In the Word was life, and that life was humanity’s light— 5 a Light that shines in the darkness, a Light that the darkness has never overtaken. 6 Then came one named John, sent as an envoy from God, 7 who came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through his testimony everyone might believe. 8 He himself wasn’t the Light; he only came to testify about the Light — the true Light that illumines all humankind. 9 The Word was coming into the world—] 10 was in the world— and though the world was made through the Word, the world didn’t recognize it. 11 Though the Word came to its own realm, the Word’s own people didn’t accept it. Yet any who did accept the Word, who believed in

“What must I do to be saved?”

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A dear friend of mine asked me: If someone were to come to you and ask, “What must I do to be saved?”, what would you tell them today [since you believe in Ultimate Redemption]? For the simple conversations with people who [just] want to know Christ, and want to consciously “come to Christ,” is there anything you’d say to them that echoes what you used to say as an Evangelical, minus the condemning “turn or burn” side? Or is it entirely, utterly different now? I have these conversations once in a while with people, but I’ve never known what those conversations would be like [from an Ultimate Redemption perspective]. I thanked my friend and said I’d have to get back to him. Since I’d never thought about this before with my current worldview, I wasn’t really certain how to answer. But, as the Spirit so often does for me with most things like this, a passage came to my mind. In Luke 10, the same question was brought to Jesus —  Luke 10:25-28 (NTE; adapted): [1] A lawyer got up and put Jes