Friday, November 9, 2012

Romans 3:21-26 Does the Church need Gospel?

I grew up in Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Up here in New England you all also have some mountains in the area. I hear Mount Washington in New Hampshire reaches over 6,200 feet high. That is really high—only about a thousand feet lower than my home town. Growing up in Estes Park I used to go to church every Sunday. When I was a teenager one of my favorite “church times” was youth group. One of the most interesting aspects of our youth group was the variety of kids who came. And how those kids would clump up and form groups of friends.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Covenant vs Dispensational Theology - History and Differences

            Today’s average dispensationalist and covenant theology adherents know little to anything about their own theology or that belonging to the other system. Adherents of the covenant of grace system are too quick to accuse dispensationalists of believing in two distinct planes of salvation: one for the Jew and one for the Gentile. While on the other side, dispensationalists are too quick to accuse covenant believers of replacement theology, which charges the church with replacing and receiving the benefits belonging to the nation of Israel. What neither side realizes is the long and drawn out history involved in the formation of both systems of theology and that these caricatures do not accurately reflect much of what these systems contain. The history of dispensational and covenant theology are best seen in contrast with each other. By studying their origins, their early and influential theologians, their developments and conflicts, and their modern viewpoints, today’s adherent can better interact and learn from both systems.