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Note: Replacement theology is a pejorative term that most contemporary covenant theologians resent. But I don’t know that anyone has come up with a better term to describe the differences between those who apply the kingdom promises of the OT entirely to the church (among other issues) and those who argue that there is both a national and a spiritual fulfillment. The latter do not all fit in the dispensational category. See here for a historic premillennialist who interpreted OT prophecy more “literally” than many historic premillennialists do today, yet was also a covenant theologian.

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The Orange Mailman

So many people try to quote Ladd to show that he is on their side.  This has been numerous times with Covenant Theologians, so much so that many people just assume that Ladd believed in Replacement Theology.  The following are some quotes from The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd.  They shed light on his position and show that he in no way embraced replacement theology.  While his view remains in many ways unique, I believe it fits very well into the position of Historic PreMillennialism.  Here are the quotes from the chapter entitled The Kingdom, Israel and the Church:

  It is impossible to think of two peoples of God through whom God is carrying out two different redemptive purposes without doing violence to Romans 11.


Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13


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Francis Schaeffer

“The reality of living by faith as though we were already dead, of living by faith in open communion with God, and then stepped back into the external world as though we are already raised from the dead, this is not once for all, it is a matter of moment-by-moment faith, and living moment by moment. This morning’s faith will never do for this noon. The faith of this noon will never do for supper time. The faith of supper time will never do for the next morning. Thank God for the reality for which we were created, a moment-by-moment communication with God himself.”
~ Francis August Schaeffer

In honor of Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor, who was born on this day in 1912

Today in History – January 30
True Spirituality – Page 78

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Master’s Seminary Professor Michael Vlach is now blogging.  Thus far he has 20 posts on the NT use of the OT, from what is perhaps best classified as a Progressive Dispensational point of view.  I’m still working through some of these issues (albeit very slowly of late) but I always find Dr. Vlach’s writing to be helpful.

Due to more pressing concerns, I haven’t posted here in ages and haven’t been reading many other blogs either.  (Somehow, I have even managed to avoid comment in the Rob Bell controversy!)  I am hoping, however, to start blogging more regularly soon, perhaps with more of a focus on book reviews.

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Blackberry users may be interested to know that SermonAudio recently released an app for Blackberry.   Since I just recently got a Blackberry, this is welcome news to me.

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Trevin Wax gives us a very insightful post on the state of the blogosphere as 2010 rolls around.

I think he’s particularly perceptive on the impact that social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are having on blogging.  I’ve been having similar thoughts recently as I have seen my blogging decrease as I’ve seen the time I’ve spent on Twitter increase.

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chained-gateI created this site in January, not long before I left a message board that I had been heavily involved in for a number of years.  (The posts prior to 2009 were moved from previous blogs.)  My intention was to cut back on my online interaction, with this site still giving my the opportunity to occasionally post about topics of  interest.  Based on my previous blogging experience in which I had only posted sporadically, I wasn’t expecting for it to receive much traffic or to take up much of my time.

However, in Feburary I commented on several posts about various controversies on other blogs, posted about them here and before I knew it, I was as deeply involved in online discussion as I had been before, if not moreso at times.  While this is hardly a heavily visited site compared to many, blogging (along with social networking) has at times taken up far more of my time than I anticipated or desired.

That being said, I don’t regret expressing a point of view that was largely underrepresented in the blogosphere at the time.  Overall I am thankful for the experience and the opportunity that blogging has afforded me to be able to discuss various issues with fellow Christians, and in some cases, men who are leaders of some note.  I’m very grateful for the public and private encouragement that I’ve received over the past several months as a result of my efforts.  However, I’ve come to realize that I simply need to “unplug” for a while, especially regarding online theological discussions that have little direct relation to my present calling and responsibilities.

I have been known to say that a lot of internet theologians would be much better off doing less typing and more reading, and I believe the time has come for me to take my own advice.  I also have several personal and professional goals and responsibilities that take precedence over this kind of online interaction.  Due to some health issues I had last year, I have been providentially hindered from working outside of the home for most of the past year, but Lord willing, that soon appears to be coming to an end.

It’s been an interesting and at times rewarding ride, but the time has come for me to get off, at least for now.

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This year it’s CADIE, and includes Gmail Autopilot.  Is Autopilot perhaps a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) play on the privacy fears that are sometimes voiced regarding Gmail?

This site details past Google pranks.

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