Friday, January 27, 2006

It's been a while!

I haven't had the opportunity to blog since New Year's Eve. Lot's of things have happened and many things are on my mind. In brief, I have been doing a lot of traveling for work (which I am not too happy about), but God in His Providence has designed this, for now, as our means of income. Also, I had my first conversation by phone with Nathan White and it was very edifying. By the way, I am looking forward to talking with many of you guys who I get the opportunity to blog with. I also received a package the other day from Hank, who has interacted on the site and am looking forward to going through the material shortly.

We also had Dr. Richard Belcher speak at our assembly on January 8th and hopefully I will have time to post an audio sermon of his within the next couple of weeks. He spoke on Romans 8:28-9. What a blessing it was to hear the Scriptures from this godly man and his passion for the truth regarding God's ultimate Sovereignty. I also interviewed him by video, as well as, our missionary friend, Trevor Johnson. I hope to also be able to transfer those to the web for your edification.

We are approaching the coming of a new baby boy, Lord willing, in April and we are extremely excited. Denise and I celebrated our 11th anniversary on January 21st, and we both had birthdays last week. I'm approaching that hill:). I haven't arrived there yet, so no jokes from the peanut gallery.

We also finished the next two installments of Douglas Bonds' books from the Crown and Covenant series titled, "King's Arrow" and "Rebel's Keep". They are great books for young and old with real historical events and people in them melded into a fictitious story that exalts God and helps us see the true nature of the struggle of the Scottish Covenanters. It was more that they dealt with than just the English, it was understanding their own hearts and seeking to be true to King Jesus. I highly recommend them. Currently we are reading "A Journey in Authority" by Richard Belcher. This little gem is on church government and the kids love the stories and they get the "walk through" concerning various theological subjects. I am in the midst of "Seeing Hell" by Trevor Johnson and "Three Views of the Millenium".

We are covering various religions during our Sunday School hour and comparing them with biblical Christianity. We just finished looking at Jehovah's Witnesses and will take on at least 3 others. Primarily, it will provide some time for me to prepare for the next book we study and it will be beneficial for us concerning these groups and how we should engage them concerning the gospel. The other elder, Tim Davis, is going through Matthew and is building up to Matthew 24. From about chapter 21 on, you can really see the context building concerning what Jesus will ultimately address in Matthew 24 and 25. Again, my thoughts are that the majority of Matthew 24 is a reference to 70 AD. I am looking forward to his exposition.

Well, I'm already running late this morning, so I better get a move on. I just wanted to update some of you and let you know that I haven't gone to Heaven yet:), but am eagerly anticipating the hour when I see the Savior face to face in all His glory!

6 comments:

ajlin said...

So glad to read a new post from you, Tim!
BTW- you'll be interested to know that the elders at my church (Grace Heritage Church here in Auburn, AL) are amillenialist and that one of them has given me some material on that eschatological position.

In Christ,
-Andrew

Tim said...

Thanks Andrew. I am not totally sure how I come down, but it is definitely somewhere between the amil position and the post-mil position. By the way, I will add a few thoughts on Matthew 12, which I made mention of previously in our discussion a little later on today. I hope it will be helpful.

Nathan White said...

Oh boy, here we go again :)

Glad your still around Tim.

SDG

Tim said...

Where are we going Nathan:)???

Nathan White said...

Hey now, don't make me ask for an exegesis of Rev 20! J/K

Right now I'm gathering up my bibliography for this subject. It includes:

1. The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd (Eerdmans Pub.)

2. The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema (Eerdmans Pub.)

3. Back to Basics (Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith) edited by David G. Hagopian (P& R Publishing).

4. The Christ of the Covenants by O. Palmer Robertson (P&R Publishing).

5. The Water that Divides by Donald Bridge & David Phypers (IVP Pub).

6. Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God? by Keith A. Mathison

I figured I'd start at the heart of the matter: Covenant vs dispensationalism and such. I'm about to start with these 6 and then move from there.

SDG

Tim said...

Nathan,

I have read some of those books. Some I am not familiar with. I think the dividing line for me was in my study of Daniel and seeing the relevant time and people to which Daniel prophesied. Maybe one day we'll get it all together.