Peter Leithart, James Bejon, Jeff Meyers, and I continue our new series on the book of Acts. Within this episode we discuss chapter 1, the ascension of Christ and the replacement for Judas.
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Brad Littlejohn and I recently recorded a series of videos in which we discuss issues of wisdom that surround our response to the coronavirus crisis as Christians. In this sixth video and final video, we consider how the Church should respond.
Brad Littlejohn and I recently recorded a series of videos in which we discuss issues of wisdom that surround our response to the coronavirus crisis as Christians. In this third video, we discuss the question of how Christians ought to respond when they believe that the civil magistrate is placing excessive restrictions upon us.
Brad Littlejohn and I recently recorded a series of videos in which we discuss issues of wisdom that surround our response to the coronavirus crisis as Christians. In this second video, we discuss the rights and duties of the civil magistrate relative to churches.
Jay Kim, pastor of teaching and leadership at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and one of the leaders of the ReGeneration Project, joins me to discuss his new book: Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age.
What is your take on small groups? Is it a fad? Does it come from mega-church culture? How important is it to be a part of a small group if organic friendships and involvement are already part of one’s church experience? Is it healthy for churches to pressure members into joining a small group?
I have just read your very intelligent contribution to the series of articles at Theopolis on the relation of Israel to the Church. I would describe myself as supersessionist, but in the sense that Israel and the Church are one, because the Church, rather than a newly created covenant people in parallel with ethnic Israel, is the crucified and resurrected people of the covenant established in the calling of Abraham, which has been brought to a greater level of glory and maturity in Christ. In this way of thinking, the only supersession, or replacement, which has taken place, is the substitution of believing Gentiles for unbelieving Jews in the olive tree of Israel.
I nevertheless believe that Romans 8-11 speaks of a national conversion of the Jewish people at the end of this age. It is also quite apparent that in spite of their rejection of Christ, Paul believes that they are loved of God and retain their uniqueness as the appointed messengers of his salvation for the sake of the nations.
But insofar as they have rejected Christ, who is the yes of the Father unto all the promises made unto Israel, how are we to understand Paul’s assertion about the “gifts and callings of God” to them being “irrevocable”? It is difficult, for example, to comprehend how their “callings”, if we are to understand that as a reference to their priestly vocation as a light to the nations, is capable of being realized so long as they reject Christ.
Any light you can shed for me on this mystery would be greatly appreciated.