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The Reality TV show, Preachers of LA, is suppose to air tonight (October 9th) in the U.S.  This is a show that promote the personality of Word of Faith, Prosperity Gospel preachers.

I’ve blogged about my concern for this already in the past but last night I was moved to write this when I saw someone’s comment about this TV show:

We need BIBLICAL Preachers of L.A,
not phony charade,
But the real thing,
who loves people more than bling,
holy, not looking for a fling,
not self-promoting, jet-flying, diamond ring flaunting, (un?)Reality TV kind of thing,
but instead a God’ loving,
self-denying,
Gospel-Bringing,
Word of God preaching
…Man,
who’s OXYGEN is to be proclaiming of the forgiver of sin, to those who know it’s sting, can be saved by trusting in the King of King,
For Him we shall rap for and sing.

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The Master's Perspective on Biblical Prophecy

 (Available on Amazon)

This book is a compilation of eleven articles pertaining to the issues of eschatology and dispensationalism with contributions mainly from professors of The Master’s Seminary.  I started reading this book in search of possible deeper insights into the Biblical texts pertaining to eschatology, seeing how these articles for the most part came from theological journals.  To that end, I found the articles most helpful were those written by the New Testament professor Dr. Robert L. Thomas.  He contributed over half of the articles (six) in this volume.  His chapter on Revelation 2-3 pointed out how these two chapters alluded to Christ’s second coming, which previously I haven’t really notice before.  Relevant to the Amillennial/Premillennial debate is Thomas’ excellent article making a case for the structure of Revelation as basically being temporally progressive rather than that of recapitulation.  This is not to say that there is no interlude or “intermission” in the Book of revelation however, since the next chapter Dr. Thomas gave an excellent analysis of the seventh bowl of the Apocalypse.  Another thing that I took away from this book is Dr. Thomas and Dr. Barker’s point of how Revelation draws heavily from the Book of Daniel, and how the Book of Daniel as antecedent theology helps inform us and understand Revelation, in particular with Daniel chapter seven.  I appreciated the book’s being focused on exegesis, the original language, hermeneutics and the Bible itself rather than sensationalism and “newspaper” speculation that some quarters of pop dispensationalism engage in, which turned me off as a younger Christian.  Given its more technical nature, I would recommend this work for readers familiar with the original language.  One thing I thought was a bit odd about the book was the editors’ introduction that said the opinions in the book does no necessarily reflect the opinions of The Master’s Seminary when the title of the work is “The Master’s Perspective on Biblical Prophecy.”  Then there’s also Dr. Thomas’s Inspired Sensor Plenior Application (ISPA) that I’m not too sure about at this time.

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