Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Jeremiah option

In retirement I have come to count on preaching on Memorial Day Sunday and Labor Day Sunday. Settled pastors don’t want to preach then. They may take a vacation day to be with their families. Members of the congregation often … Continue reading

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Beale-concluding thoughts

Because G. K. Beale talks, toward the end of The Temple and the Church’s Mission, about the Apocalypse and other last-things literature, it would be easy to get side tracked into a discussion of the various schools of millenialism. Beale … Continue reading

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Beale-the buggy/car analogy

When I retired I wanted to continue to do good.  Some retired clergy that I knew worked as volunteers with charitable organizations–Habitat for Humanity, for example.  This kind of work did not appeal to me at all because they put … Continue reading

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Beale-the riddle of Hebrews

The Book of Hebrews obviously has an important place in understanding early Christian thinking about the temple.  G. K. Beale in The Temple and the Church’s Mission make this statement about it: “Hebrews inform us of something that was not … Continue reading

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Beale-futurist eschatology and the spiritual temple

In the Temple and the Church’s Mission G. K. Beale deals with 2 Thessalonians 2:4. The passage talks about  a “man of lawlessness” who, opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes … Continue reading

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Beale-Paul’s temple and garden

One of the perplexing passages in the letters of Paul is 1 Corinthians 3:10-15: 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. And each … Continue reading

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Beale-St. Stephen’s speech

A professor of preaching in my youth used to mock sermons that he said were “a Cook’s tour of the Bible.” Thomas Cook was one of the first travel agents in mid 19th century England. He was famous for organizing … Continue reading

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