February 17, 2020

That the kingdom of God is eternal is why we should store up our treasures there. ​Kingdom of God is eternal A key distinction between the kingdoms of the world and the kingdom of God is that the kingdoms of the world are destined to perish, while the kingdom of God lasts forever. We see this in Jesus’ assertion that, “the harvest is the end of the age” (Matt 13:39). Similarly, Paul claims, “Yet we do speak wisdom among those… Read more

February 12, 2020

In the present time both the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world exist. One of the foundational differences between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world is in regards to time. The NT often refers to the two kingdoms in terms of the distinction between “this/the age,” (or the “present age”[1]: which represents the kingdoms of the world) and the “age to come”[2] (which represents the kingdom of God). Most Christians naturally assume that… Read more

February 10, 2020

Many wrongly assume that when the Bible refers to the kingdoms of the world it means the physical realm, and when it refers to the kingdom of God it means the spiritual realm. What is the kingdom of God? Simply put, the kingdom of God refers to the realm in which God reigns. In fact, it might be best in many instances to translate the phrase “the kingdom of God” as the “reign of God.”[1] This helps us to recognize… Read more

February 5, 2020

Photo: canva Part 1: The kingdom of God Imagine a group of skilled craftsmen building a house without any plans. Highly skilled carpenters randomly cutting, sanding, and then putting pieces of wood together with no idea or goal as to what they are making. Electricians, plumbers, and other skilled workers doing the same. Unfortunately, this is often what the church is like. Skilled workers using their skills for what they believe is the glory of God. They may even feel… Read more

February 3, 2020

​In my previous posts on the purpose of the Christian life I have argued that the people of God are called to be God’s image bearers, that is, we are called to make God known. In the final post of this series of blogs I wish to expand upon that thought. I must note that I think this is essential for the people of God to grasp! Before we jump into politics and the many plethora of social issues and… Read more

January 27, 2020

  ​ I have been asking in this series of blogs, “what is the purpose of the Christian life?” To this point, I have been suggesting that it is to imitate and fulfill the mission of Jesus. In the last few posts I have been arguing that the coming of Jesus was in fulfillment of all that the OT promised. In particular, Jesus fulfilled the mission of the OT people of God to make God known.I have noted that one… Read more

January 21, 2020

  ​Just over a year ago I wrote an article titled, “Donald Trump is no saint” (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/evangelicalpulpit/2018/10/donald-trump-is-no-saint-rob-dalrymple/). The article was in response to a letter sent to me. The premise of the letter was that since God has used “very flawed” persons throughout the Bible, perhaps, he could use such today (i.e., Trump). I responded by noting that “very flawed” was not a proper designation for Noah, Moses, and Paul (some of the persons the letter characterized as used by… Read more

January 13, 2020

  ​ What is the purpose of the Christian life? I have been asking in this series of blogs, “what is the purpose of the Christian life?” To this point, I have been suggesting that it is to imitate and fulfill the mission of Jesus. In the last few posts I have been arguing that the coming of Jesus was in fulfillment of all that the OT promised. In particular, Jesus fulfilled the mission of the OT people of God… Read more

January 6, 2020

​I have been asking in this series of blogs, “what is the purpose of the Christian life?” To this point, I have been suggesting that it is to imitate and fulfill the mission of Jesus. In the last post I argued that the coming of Jesus was in fulfillment of all that the OT promised. In order to understand the mission of God’s people, however, we need to go deeper for a bit. God dwells among us The God of… Read more

January 3, 2020

 My response to the piece by Mark Galli https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html My initial reaction as I read the article by Mark Galli was surprise. And in this I must admit that I was saddened. I was saddened, not because I agreed or disagreed with his piece, but because I knew the visceral reaction that it would create. I just wish the Christian community were able to be more open-minded and to receive pieces like this for what they are: the honest opinions… Read more




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