The Resurrection Body of Christ the Lord, Part 6

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by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.

At the dawn of the millennial kingdom on earth, our Lord Jesus Christ will reveal Himself in bodily form to all glorified and non-glorified believers. Just as He revealed Himself and His true identity to His astonished disciples for 40 days after His crosses_against_the_sky.jpgresurrection, often at mealtimes, so also will be His self-revelation at the inaugural kingdom banquet.

At the second coming of Christ in glory, probably culminating at this banquet, the nation of Israel will experience a transforming confrontation with their Messiah God. The Apostle John said that at His coming “every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him” (Rev. 1:7, KJV).

Especially at the banquet, as He serves them, they will see His nailed-pierced hands, just like the Apostle Thomas did in the upper room. A week earlier, Thomas, who had not been in that room when Jesus appeared to the 10 apostles, emphatically declared: “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
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Book Review—The Majesty of God in the Old Testament

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by Andy Efting

Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. The Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007. 174 pages. $16.99

(Review copy courtesy of Baker Academic)

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Special Features: Bibliographic references and index

ISBNs: 080103244X / 97800801032448

LCCN: BT130.K35 2007

DCN: 231’.4—dc22

Subjects: Preaching, Old Testament
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Truth, Transparency, or TMI (Too Much Information)

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by Beth Murschell

Traditional Southerners have a reputation for sweet insincerity—”Y’all come back, ya hear? Any time. By the way, I just love that dress.” In spite of a Southern upbringing, I grew up believing that honesty meant being authentic to the point of wearing the expression that best fit my mood (not always pleasant). I was “real” and “authentic” before it was cool. If murschell_truth.jpgsomeone asks how I am, being honest means I tell them, honestly. Or does it?

When I ask a certain man at my church, “How are you?”, he always replies, “Better than I deserve.” True, yes; however, what if I really want to know? What if I am desirous of being on target with my prayers for him? What if I want to participate in a community of believers who bear one another’s burdens? Or maybe I am just parroting a social phrase and in return getting what I deserve.

TMI is an online shorthand for “too much information,” as in “I really didn’t need to know that much personal information.” Some do not require urging to lay bare their mental processes. They present you with X-rays of their brains (or any other system) upon request. “Bless their hearts,” as we Southerners say (to make it right) immediately after criticizing someone.

In between these two extremes, I am in the muddle of when to speak my mind and when to hold back. I have to evaluate when to bear my own burdens and when, as James 5:16 says, to “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (KJV, emphasis added).
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Recognizing the Grace of God in Others

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by Michael Osborne

One Thursday night last April, I slipped into the back pew of Temple Baptist Church in Omaha’s Benson area, having arrived as soon as I could after work, meaning late. It was the Nebraska Association of Regular Baptist Churches’ (NARBC) spring Bible conference. John Greening, national representative for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches osborne_thank_you.jpg(GARBC), was the speaker for the evening. Before launching into his message, he took a moment to sort of hold us all at arms’ length and exclaim over what God was doing in the NARBC. He praised God for us all, praised God for the labors going on in each congregation, praised God that we were in attendance and ready to hear the Word, praised God for our commitment. One might even say John Greening delighted in us for a moment.

There’s a cynical side of me that could criticize Greening for effusive sentimentality. C’mon, Dr. Greening! Don’t you know what we’re really like? How do you know that we’re all so godly and so motivated by love for the Lord? How do you know that we want to be here and that we’re actually paying attention?
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The Harry Potter Books

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nick6.jpgNote: This article was originally published in April 2005 as part seven in a series about “The Christian and Fantastic Literature.”

by Kevin T. Bauder

Harry Potter has become a phenomenon. These books have provoked unbelievable enthusiasm among both children and adults. They have also provoked unbelievable controversy from some on the religious right.
Harry PotterThe enthusiasm is understandable. J.K. Rowling has captured the whimsy of a generation in the Potter series, especially in the earlier volumes. Much of the series is simply a delightful romp, almost a parody of the fantastic genre. Witches ride broomsticks, but mainly to play airborne soccer (quidditch). Trolls are discovered to have boogers. Characters move from fireplace to fireplace through the “floo network.” Much of the charm of Harry Potter comes from its quality as a spoof. It is a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Mad Magazine.

The appeal of the series also stems from Rowling’s ability to choose themes that resonate with contemporary adolescents. Harry Potter is lonely and alienated. He yearns for the comfort and structure of a world with authority, yet he is suspicious and resentful toward authorities. He wants enough morality to be justified in feeling wronged, but not so much as to keep him from doing wrong when wrong seems useful. These are moods that seem to prevail among juveniles in today’s postmodern, no-parent-household, grow-up-too-fast world.
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Book Review—Beyond Suffering

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by Tim Ashcraft

Talbert, Layton. Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 2007. Softbound, 392 pages. $17.95

(Review copy courtesy of BJU Press)

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ISBN: 9781591666202

LCCN: BS1415.53.T35 2007

DCN: 223.107

Special Feature: Selected Bibliography

Subjects: Job, Suffering
talbert.jpgLayton Talbert (Ph.D., Bob Jones University) is a professor of theology at the Bob Jones University Seminary. He has also authored Not by Chance, a study of God’s loving providence in every area of the believer’s life. Dr. Talbert lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife, Esther, and their five children. (from the back cover)
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Thinking Biblically About Homosexuality, Part 2

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Note: This article series was previously posted on SharperIron and has been updated and revised.

by Aaron Blumer

This article is the second of two aimed at thinking biblically about homosexuality. As in the first article, key words include Strong’s Concordance numbers as an aid for study. These numbers are indicated by the letter s, as in s.1100.

Part 1 introduced two nonfictional Christian men who were fictionally named “Bob” and “Jim.” While they both had good depravity_blumer.gifChristian upbringing and trusted Christ at an early age, one eventually found that when he was sexually attracted to another person, it tended to be to a man rather than to a woman.

With the aim of identifying a biblical response to men like Bob, Part 1 posed some questions. Does Scripture teach that those who experience same-sex attraction must be in a more spiritually or morally corrupt condition than those who do not? Should we believe that all who are tempted in this particular way are afflicted with a unique spiritual disease and that they are only equal to the rest of us when they have eliminated instances of same-sex attraction completely from their lives?
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