Replacement theology (Part 5) – The restoration of the kingdom
When something is out of context it messes with our interpretation of what we see (photo by tom_kelly_archive on freeimages.com) All the way back in part 2 of this series a cursory reading of the apostle Paul had led me to think he was a replacement theologian....read more
Are we wearing the right glasses?
Photo by Bud Helisson on Unsplash As I was going for a walk the other day, I realized just how grateful I am for my glasses as I looked up at the trees, saw the design of the leaves on the branches and the birds up high. I am short-sighted, so I can only see clearly...read more
The great robbery – Part 2
Photo by Nathan Bingle on Unsplash In my last article I looked at the issue of asking questions, having discussions about what you hear from the pulpit on Sundays and how rarely this seems to happen. I mentioned how theologies are being preached, without the...read more
The great robbery – Part 1
Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash This article is the first of a two-part series looking at the issue of how the average Christian is being robbed. They are being robbed of the opportunity to enter into discussion about what they hear on a Sunday; they are being...read more
Replacement theology (Part 4) – The Israel of God
The Israel of God = God's faithful people within Israel If you have been following this series, you will have seen that in part 3 I received the interpretational equivalent of a bloodied nose. As a quick reminder, we had taken a look at Romans 2:28-29 and Romans 9:6....read more
Replacement theology (Part 3) – True Jews, true Israel?
Reading something into the text (eisegesis) is a serious error of interpretation In part 2 of this series, we saw how there are quite a few verses in the New Testament that we can use to support replacement theology. I briefly mentioned Romans 2:28-29, Romans 9:6,...read more
Replacement theology (Part 2) – An open-and-shut case?
An open-and-shut case? Part of the beauty of the Christian life is the rich diversity of theological positions subscribed to by our brothers and sisters in Christ. In the first post of this series we introduced one that is very popular - replacement theology - also...read more
Exegesis, eisegesis and hermeneutics – why all the fancy words?
Exegesis, eisegesis, and hermeneutics. Why the fancy words, and do we really need to know what they mean? Well, if we’re to be good interpreters, then yes.read more
Replacement theology (Part 1) – What is replacement theology?
Last month I decided to spend some time having a look at replacement theology. But before we do that, I thought it would be helpful to write an article asking the question, what is replacement theology? Too often we simply assume that everyone knows what terms such as...read more
Theologies are funny things
Theologies are built upon exegesis, exegesis is built upon translation, and translation is applied to the original text. These three steps away from the original text open the door for potential problems to arise when constructing our theologies.read more