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The following post is an expansion of the one I wrote for this book over at Amazon after I finished reading it. If you liked that review, could you please click "yes" to finding it helpful? Thanks in advance. One person over there who gave it a negative review said Frank Viola writes in a "my way or no way at all" approach to how church is to be done. I found that hilariously preposterous since I didn't get that vibe at all. This is the first of his books I've read, and recently I just finished [Continue reading...]
This week we finally have Dave Edwards back on the podcast and talk about some of the latest goings on in theological internet-land. We recorded this episode a few weeks ago and the Left Behind reboot had just tanked at the box office, so naturally we get talking about it a bit and how much our eschatology shapes our worldview. Are our assumptions of end times correct? Then we segue into first century church life and Dave's thoughts on organic church and recent revelations on revival. Recommended [Continue reading...]
Oct 22

Wrath and Tribulation Are Two Different Things

Sure, I can see how they can be confused as the same thing, but hear me out. Not that I'm pre-tribulationist, but I want to help my friends out who hold to the pre-trib doctrine by giving many of you a helpful nugget here. This is also for those sending me emails and private Facebook messaged setting up straw man arguments about what you THINK post tribbers or amillenialists (or those of us who are both) believe without having bothered to actually look into it or ask one of them for yourself. Here's [Continue reading...]
A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]
Oct 14

Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally

The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]
Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From [Continue reading...]