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A Partial Preterist Readiness

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Mark 13:37  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”  (ESV) Much of what is said in the Olivet Discourse here in Mark seems to be speaking directly to the disciples (v. 5), to their immediate future in spreading the good news about Jesus (v. 9-13), and events centered around Judea (v. 14) culminating in the …

Ladd’s Table: Early Life & Academic Preparation

A Place at Ladd's Table (Introduction)

In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, which serves as both biography and interpretation. The book contains valuable insights into Ladd’s childhood, training, and life, and also includes the author’s editorial thoughts and interpretation (or application!). For this new series, ThinkTheology will be writing collaboratively as we work through the …

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The Best Intro to Kingdom Theology…

If I had to summarize all of the preaching of Jesus and all of the preaching of Paul, I’d suggest that they had one message with many applications: the kingdom of God. Jesus proclaimed the kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 23; 9:35; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 8:1; Acts 1:3, etc.) and Paul proclaimed the kingdom (Acts 14:22; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 31). By the way, Philip …

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A Place @ Ladd’s Table: Introduction

A Place at Ladd's Table (Introduction)

In 2008 Oxford University Press published John A. D’Elia‘s A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America. We (Luke & Kenny) enjoyed the book so much and found it so captivating that we’ve been discussing some sort of blog series for nearly six months. A Place at the Table is both biography and interpretation; you’ll …

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Kingdom Theology in the Vineyard: Upside Down & Now Not Yet

Understanding Vineyard Theology

Yesterday I introduced this new series toward understanding Vineyard theology (and praxis) because it is increasingly obvious that our movement is facing questions regarding our identity. Truth be told, I think we always have and always will have questions about who we are and what we’re doing and where we’re going because it’s only natural to ask those questions as an …

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Why Kingdom Theology Matters

Kingdom Theology

Here are a couple great explanations of the Kingdom of God and its accompanying theology: “The [kingdom of God] is the abstract or dynamic idea of reign, rule, or dominion…” – George Eldon Ladd “… the kingdom of God is the central theological motif that gives definition to all that we believe.” – Phil Strout “… the Vineyard is a …

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Do Trajectories Toward the New Creation Speak to Sexual Addiction?

Sex addiction

As a pastor, I’ve interacted with numerous people who have struggled with the desire to have a lot of sex with as many people as possible. Generally speaking, this struggle has come from men, but I’m sure there are women who have this desire. At any rate, many, many, many men have shared with me their sexual challenges and I have worked …

Moltmann on the “Logos” of Eschatological Christianity…

A Younger Molt!

So it’s Friday night and I’m sitting in the passenger seat while my wife drives us to the mall so that I can buy some Christmas presents. And here I am blogging on portions of Jürgen Moltmann. I love that I can open up Logos Bible Software on my iPad and read the Molt. The Molt was put on the …

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My List of Top 5 Books on the Kingdom of God

There are five books that have greatly shaped my understanding of the kingdom of God. These are my top-five and the books that I recommend to pastors, students, and anyone interested in the theology of the kingdom. #5 – The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God, by George Eldon Ladd. Yes, Ladd is a prominent …

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Inaugurated Eschatology: the “Last Days” of the Kingdom

Inaugurated who? Inaugurated eschatology. Eschatology is generally understood as the “study of end times,” but when used with reference to inaugurated eschatology, it refers specifically to the kingdom of God and how it relates to Jesus’ first coming. This is the concept that the dawn of the “end of the age” has come in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection …