How long did it take for God to make the world?

The folks over at BioLogos explain here how long a day is in Genesis 1 and what those days means.


What about Life After Death?

Examining 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 for an intermediate state

Does the Bible teach there is an intermediate state between death and resurrection? Biblical scholar J. Richard Middleton takes on a popular proof text for this belief.


The core hope of New Testament eschatology is the resurrection of the body and a renewed earth. This is the central argument of my book A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology.

But there are some New Testament texts that seem (on the surface) to contradict this holistic vision of redemption. So I devoted two chapters in the book to addressing such “problem texts.”

In previous blog posts I examined two such texts (1 Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24), both of which are typically thought to teach the “rapture” of believers to heaven at Christ’s return. I concluded that neither text actually teaches this idea.

But my examination of “problem texts” led me to wonder about the so-called “intermediate state” (or “interim state”), the idea of a temporary period between death and resurrection when the righteous (or their “souls”) are with Christ in heaven, awaiting resurrection.

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The OT and Me

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #27

This is sort of a review of my 2017 in biblical theology. (Yes, I know it is a bit late for this sort of thing but I think it is still worthwhile sharing.)  Towards the back half of last year, my passion for the Hebrew scriptures reached an all time high. I mentioned how it was such a pleasant surprise to realise that in that period I had come to love the Hebrew Scriptures as much as the New Testament. What I did not talk about was what I encountered in my deep dive in to the Jewish scriptures. The following is more or less a review of last year in terms of my theology. Continue reading “The OT and Me”

Church apathy and discipleship

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #27

For a while now I have been struggling with church. Continue reading “Church apathy and discipleship”

The identity of God

The word “god” means different things to different people depending on their worldview. In Jesus and the God of Israel (Eerdsman, 2008), biblical scholar Richard Bauckham helpfully outlines who the God of Israel is according to the Hebrew scriptures. Continue reading “The identity of God”

The Gospel Essentials

If you have ever gone evangelising then you have carried along a Bible tract that summarises what it considers the bare bones of the gospel. If you’re Protestant it probably is some rehash of the “Romans Road”,  where all have sinned and you can only be saved by grace alone being justified by faith alone in Christ alone. New Testament scholar Dr Matthew Bates in his latest book Salvation by Allegiance Alone challenges these popular and long held notions as missing the point of what the gospel really is according to the New Testament.

Continue reading “The Gospel Essentials”

The Living Soul

A quick explanation of what the English word “soul” means in the Bible from the folks over at The Bible Project. Continue reading “The Living Soul”