Monthly Archives: August 2016

VIDEO: Romans 9-11 Panel Discussion Night One

Veracity invites everyone interested, in the Williamsburg area, to attend next week’s conclusion to our Romans 9-11 Panel Discussion. Enjoy the video from this past week!

  • Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg VA, 23185
  • Student Ministries Worship Room
  • Sunday, September 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

UPDATE: 10/19/2016

Hunter Ruch went to the trouble of going through the video and marking the time segments, allowing you to skip to particular questions you are interested in.  Thanks, Hunter (though it was his wife’s idea to do this)!

WEEK 1 (8/28):

  • Introduction by Clarke Morledge (0:00-25:28)
  • Question #1: Why is Paul so burdened about his fellow Israelites? (25:29-31:07)
  • Question #2: Why would a knowledge of the Old Testament help us to understand what Paul is trying to say in Romans 9-11? (31:08-37:43)
  • Question #3: What is “election?” (37:44-1:02:18)
  • Question #4: Does God still have a plan for ethnic Israel? (1:02:19-1:18:24)
  • Question #5: Final panelist questions  (1:18:25-1:22:00)
  • Question #6: Who is “all Israel?” (1:22:01-1:24:58)
  • Wrap Up & Prayer by Clarke Morledge (1:24:59-1:27:20)


Why Second Timothy was Written Under Paul’s Authority (and Why We Should Care)

My friend, Hunter Ruch, invited me to participate in a “Summer Reading Challenge” interview, for our church, this past Sunday. We had read 2 Timothy during the prior week, and I talked about an experience in college when I was told that “Paul never wrote 2 Timothy… it was a forgery.”

Unfortunately, we ran out of time for me give an adequate response to the forgery claim. So, after you view this 9-minute video, stick around and read my response below…. But most importantly, consider with me why it is important for Christians in our culture to care to know about these things.

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Questions about Romans 9-11?

Plumb LineAs part of the two-week Sunday evening panel discussion at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, Sundays, August 28 and September 4, I wanted to provide a web portal for where you can submit your questions to be asked of our pastoral panel. Simply go to the bottom of this blog post and find the comments section entitled, “What do you think?”  Enter your question as a comment and then post it, and I will do my best to make sure your question is addressed by the panel. If your question does not get answered at the panel discussion, we will do what we can to provide you an answer after the panel discussion is over.

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To prime your thoughts in asking questions, I have uploaded the outline and questions from night one, plus a couple of sample questions below that in the post, with a few answers, just to get you thinking. Please remember: God’s Word is the “plumb line” for discerning truth:




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Why Proof Texting Has Its Limitations: Zionism #10

Cherry picking verses out of the Bible to support a particular view is easy. But how does that verse fit within "whole counsel of God" in Scripture? (Acts 20:27)

Cherry picking verses out of the Bible to support a particular view is easy. But how does that verse fit within the “whole counsel of God” in Scripture? (Acts 20:27)

Previously, we were discussing what the New Testament has to say about the land promise. It would appear that from a straight forward reading of Romans 4:13 that Paul is redefining the promise of the land to include, not just the physical nation of Israel in the Middle East, but rather the entire world would be promised to both redeemed Jew and Gentile!

What an expansion of the original Abrahamic land promise! Yet as it turns out, it is very difficult to decide debates like this simply on the basis of citing a few Bible quotations. The temptation, one that I have often given into at times myself, is to cherry pick a favorite passage of the Bible, hold that up as “proof,” but failing to consider the possibility that other passages of the Bible might shed more light on my cherry picked verse. Let me show you what I mean.
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The Promise of the Land in the New Testament: Zionism #9

Is the secular nation state of Israel a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Veracity tackles a "hot potato."

Israel, the land, in the New Testament.

While the Old Testament has numerous references to the promise of the Land, the New Testament, in comparison, is somewhat sparse. Nevertheless, we do find passages that touch on this, even if indirectly.

For example, after the resurrection and just prior to His ascension to heaven, the disciples asked a loaded question:

Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6b)

If there was ever a golden time for Jesus to address the question of the land promise, now that the Messiah had come, it would have been then. Like most Jews of the day, these early Jewish followers of Jesus were probably expecting Jesus to establish His Kingship, boot the Romans and other pagans out of the Holy Land, and setup shop in Jerusalem at any moment. But Jesus appears to sidestep the question, before he disappears from the disciples’ presence.

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8)

He tells his disciples not to worry about the “when” question. Nevertheless, we are left with some questions that concerns us: What is meant by this restoration of the kingdom to Israel? Is the land promise, going back to the Old Testament, included, and is it still in effect? Will Jesus, someday physically rule over a restored national Israel?1

Interestingly, Jesus redirects their focus. He tells them to be witnesses for Jesus in Israel, but not only in Israel. They are to be witnesses through the whole world. This is not about establishing a worldwide Jewish theocracy. It is about a spiritual kingdom. But does this rule out a physical, literal Jewish kingdom in the Holy Land? Not necessarily. But is Jesus confirming their expectations for a physical literal Jewish kingdom? Not necessarily either. Perhaps we need to look at another passage to find a clearer answer.
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