Jesus and the Olivet Discourse: The Son of Man Coming on the Clouds of Heaven (it doesn’t mean what you think it means) (Part 5: The Jewish War Series)

“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27) If you grew up in the late 20th…

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Jesus and the Olivet Discourse: The Abomination of Desolation…and other Cosmic Stuff (Part 4: The Jewish War Series)

A week before he was arrested by the Sanhedrin and then crucified under Pontius Pilate, Jesus of Nazareth rode into the Jerusalem on a donkey, being hailed by many as the promised Davidic Messiah. He then proceeded to do the exact opposite of what most Jews were expecting, not really confronting Rome at all, but…

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Jesus and the Olivet Discourse (The Sign of Christ’s ‘Coming,’ False Messiahs, Wars, Famines, and Tribulation (Part 3: The Jewish War Series)

Unfortunately, we in 21st century America are not too well-versed in the history of the entire New Testament era. Consequently, we do not fully realize the impact that the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD had on both the Jewish nation, as well as the early Christians. As I mentioned in my previous post,…

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Jesus and the Olivet Discourse (and why it isn’t about the Second Coming) (Part 2: The Jewish War Series)

The Olivet Discourse in Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21 is an incredibly misunderstood passage among most Christians today. Take the time to read it right now, and I can guarantee you that, if you grew up within Evangelicalism, you will think that Jesus is talking about the “End Times,” complete with references to…

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Jesus, the Olivet Discourse, and All that “End Times” Speculation that Isn’t about what Tim LaHaye Claims It’s About (Part 1: The Jewish War Series)

If you are like me, having grown up within Evangelicalism in the 70’s and 80’s, you probably are all too familiar with the End Times speculation by the likes of Hal Lindsey and his famous (infamous?) book, The Late, Great Planet Earth. Perhaps you watched that horrifically awful (and terrifying for the time) movie A…

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Bodie Hodge, Answers in Genesis, BioLogos and Theistic Evolution: “An Atheistic-pagan syncretistic organization by any other name…”

Thus far this year I have not yet written a new blog post. Between preparing for the new semester, to the “snowpocalypse” of northern Alabama (one day of snow totaling 1-inch that brought about a close of school for 5 days, thus meaning instead of getting work down during the day, I was entertaining my…

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The End (of the year) is Here! Let’s Do a Top Ten List!

It has been a pretty good year for resurrecting orthodoxy–at least as far as my little corner of the blogosphere is concerned. This morning I looked back to find out what the top posts of the past year were. Some of those in the top ten surprised me…some, not so much. In any case, here are…

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The Last Jedi: The Second Time Got Me Thinking About a Few Things….

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new Star Wars movies that has just come out—The Last Jedi. Okay, obviously you’ve heard about it. And you’re probably well aware of the very heated reactions fans have had to the movie: they either loved it or they hated it; they either applauded its bold story-telling…

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A Tribute to my Grandpa Anderson, on the 20th Anniversary of His Last Christmas

In July of 1997, after finishing a master’s degree in the New Testament at Regent College, I went with my dad to visit my grandparents, Lennart and Margaret Anderson, in Willmar, Minnesota. Because they were in their mid-80s, they had to sell their house at 723 West Trott Avenue, where they had lived for over…

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Getting a Handle on the Old Testament Story (Part 2): The Kingdom of Israel to Exile to Return

King David and the Kingdom of Israel It is in the book of I Samuel where we find the Hebrews demanding to have a king. YHWH did not want them to have a king like the other nations, because, He warned, kings abuse and oppress their people. YHWH Himself was the king of the Hebrews,…

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