A New Interest

Pilgrim’s Pensieve #30

I love biblical theology. Even though I am not a professional I have great passion for it. (I say so right on the home page.) However, I do not have much love for systematic theology (systematics for short.) Continue reading “A New Interest”


A Theological Maverick

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #29

From time to time, as one does, you psychoanalyze yourself. This year I have been tackling some of the more controversial things in Christian theology. I noticed that maverick streak is still in me. Continue reading “A Theological Maverick”

Things are about to get crazy (if they already haven’t)

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #28

Maybe not “crazy”, just controversial. Continue reading “Things are about to get crazy (if they already haven’t)”

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 #28

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”