Why CS Lewis Was Wrong When he Said Jesus’s Prophesy of His Second Coming Was “The Most Embarrassing Verse in the Bible”

In my last post, I made reference to CS Lewis’s comment that Matthew 24:34 — “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” — “the most embarrassing verse in the entire Bible”. In the comment section, Bruce from New Hampshire asks where Lewis made this statement. The answer is in an essay called, “The World’s Last Night,” and here is the quote in full: “‘Say what you like,’ we shall be […]

The Man of Lawlessness? The Son of Perdition? You Mean the Guy Jesus Dealt With 2,000 Years Ago?

Although I love writing about what the Bible teaches (or at least what I think it teaches), I know that whenever I do it will inevitably raise more questions than it answers, and that I’ll then have to spend time answering those questions, which in turn will lead to more questions, which will need more answers. And you know, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But I’m a sucker for punishment, so here goes 🙂 Once again, I’m […]

Christ the Firstfruits, Then at His Coming Those who Belong to Christ.

One of my regular commenters, Phil, posted the following point in response to my previous article, Hey Pessimistic Christian, Cheer up. Christ Will Have Dominion. Because my answer is necessarily detailed, I thought I’d post it here. Here is Phil’s question: “Regarding the fact that the Lord Jesus will sit at God’s right hand *until* God makes all his enemies his footstool, your conclusion assumes that sitting at God’s right hand refers to the time between Jesus’ ascension and 2nd […]

And all the Church Cried out to God?

I write this piece under the assumption that it will be read by those who are in some measure distressed by the current state of the culture in which they live. In many ways our situation is unique. Has there ever been a time when people thought that a marriage didn’t necessarily need a man or a woman? Of that it was okay to kill babies by the million under the banner of choice? Or when a man could just […]

Esau’s Repentance? Ain’t Worth a Mess of Pottage!

One of my regular readers, Phil, posted a comment at the bottom of a recent piece, with some great questions on the nature of repentance and God’s judicial hardening. I promised I would try to answer these questions as best I could, but since my response has turned out to be really rather long, rather than posting it on the comment section of that piece, where no-one except Phil will read it, I though I’d post it as a separate […]

Is Donald the Last Trump Before the Rapture? Er no, But it’s Fun Teasing Dispensationalists

Being a rampantly postmillennial sort of a guy, I am firmly persuaded that the Kingdom of God will grow throughout the centuries, until the world is fully Christianised. Could take hundreds of years. Could take thousands. I know this is a minority position. Even a tiny minority position. But it is, I believe, the biblical position, as this passage from 1 Corinthians chapter 15 demonstrates: “But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to […]

Full Fat Abrahamism (or Believing All of God’s Promises)

A while ago I was going through Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and I came to the bit in chapter 4 about Abraham. What struck me was how full-fat Abraham’s faith was, and how in our own times much of the Christian world has only two thirds of this full-fatness, diluting the final third of his faith to the consistency of some really watery skimmed milk. What do I mean by that? Paul’s argument in chapter 4 is basically that […]

The Biggest Ever Mass Convergence of Candidates for the Role of Antichrist — But no Vacant Position Available

The next few days in the city of New York will see no less than six people considered by many as possible candidates for the position of antichrist attending the 70th session of the United Nations. With Ban ki-Moon, Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Benjamin Netanyahu all set to attend and give addresses, by my reckoning this is easily the biggest convergence of contenders ever seen in one place. Not only this, but with the assembly set […]