The Purpose Of Se...

Over the past several years there is not a more controversial subject in the Christian community than homosexuality and how believers should regard it. Perhaps nothing more can be said that hasn't already been said. Even so, I offer a couple of things to think about. Remember the Purpose of Sex The great message Christianity has for the world regarding sex is this: Sex has purpose and meaning. When it comes to the pu...

Can I Attend My L...

Can I attend my LGBT friend’s wedding? That is a question most pastors never dreamed they’d be asked. Yet in the past several months I have been asked that question three or four times, and I’m sure with the current state of affairs, questions like that are only going to become more frequent. So what is a Christian to do if they are asked to attend a same-sex wedding? Let me say right from the start, I don’t think th...

The Divinity of J...

In the past many months I've been preaching through the Gospel of John. Every time we give fresh attention to the Bible we see things that surprise us all over again. One surprise for me is how often and how clearly John's Gospel tells us that Jesus Christ was and is God. To give just a few examples: • John began his Gospel with a clear statement that Jesus is God (John 1:1-2)• Jesus claimed that belief in Him decide...

Drifting from Dis...

So far in this series I’ve attempted to summarize and describe the current eschatological mood among younger evangelicals in general, and within the fellowship of Calvary Chapel in particular. In the previous post I noted three factors which have impacted the way many of us have formed our eschatology—the rise of New Calvinism, the Biblical Theology movement, and the influence of N.T. Wright. Of course, all three are...

3 Reasons Dispens...

In my last post I noted the beginning of a shift in the way younger evangelicals, and specifically those connected with Calvary Chapel, viewed eschatological issues. Today, let’s look at three important factors which seem to be influencing a move away from a dispensational type of eschatology: 1. The influence of “the New Calvinism” and the resurgence of reformed theology among younger evangelicals. Theological discu...

Pitfalls of Dispe...

Dispensationalism is a way of looking at the Bible that understands God's unfolding plan––that He has worked in somewhat different ways with and through different peoples. The word "dispensation" comes from the idea “to dispense, that is, to measure out and appoint for.” Especially, dispensationalism understands that in some ways God worked one way through Israel and another way through the Gentiles, and in some ways...

Apathy & Prophecy...

I grew up in Calvary Chapels. From my infant days in Calvary Anaheim to my formative years (and ever since) at Calvary Philly, I know the experience of growing up around the influences of the Jesus Movement. One of the marks of the faith of my parents’ generation was their outlook on the return of Christ—it was happening. And soon. Before I had a theological position on much of anything else, I had an eschatology, wi...

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