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Dispensations & Covenants [a critique of the progressive dispensational framework]

Traditional dispensationalists typically view biblical history through the grid of seven administrative divisions, or dispensations. Some progressive dispensationalists have narrowed down the dispensations to four, namely: Patriarchal, Mosaic, Ecclesial, and Zionic. The Patriarchal age is from Creation to the giving … Continue reading

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Dispensationalism in Church History

I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently about the history of Dispensationalism as a system. His point was basically this: Darby (sometimes referred to as the father of Dispensationalism) was, in fact, Covenantal in his theology at first. … Continue reading

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Composing a Doctrinal Statement [section 1 — on the Scriptures]

Composing a doctrinal statement (or any other essential documents) can be one of the most arduous (but crucial) projects undertaken by a church. One of the major projects I began this summer was to draft a sample doctrinal statement that … Continue reading

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Grasping God’s Word [Book Review]

Hermeneutics, the principles of interpretation with which one approaches the Bible, will be largely determinative of the one’s theology. Therefore, it is paramount for the student of the Word to understand hermeneutics. J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays set … Continue reading

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The Promise and the Provision [reflections on the cross]

Why did the disciples have such a hard time understanding Christ’s mission on earth? To us it seems so obvious. Where did this confusion come from? Throughout the entirety of the Old Testament, there were two lines of salvific hope … Continue reading

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The Promised Messiah and the Confused Disciples

Jesus came offering Himself as Messiah to the Jewish people. The coming Messiah, as prophesied in the Old Testament, was a coming king who would establish a kingdom that would last forever — and the Jews knew that very well … Continue reading

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Weaker brother, or Pharisee?

What does it mean to cause your weaker brother to stumble? I recently read an interesting article about our use of Christian liberty… It explains a key misunderstanding about “causing a weaker brother to stumble” that turns the concept into … Continue reading

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What is the Church? [Conclusion: The New Testament Ekklesia]

In the book of Acts, there are several passages that can be used to argue for the use of “church” to refer to the universal body of all believers. Immediately after Ananias and Sapphira’s punishments by death, Acts 5:11 states … Continue reading

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What is the Church? [1: Basic Principles]

What is the church? A purely local organization? A worldwide organism? Both? In the next couple of posts, we are going to think through the cultural contextual meaning of the word “church,” and think about what role this plays in … Continue reading

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