ETS and Three New Resources
Evangelical Theological Society (exhibit booth)
In November 2016, a group of us preterists descend upon San Antonio to work in our exhibit booth at the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) conference. This is our 18th consecutive year to do this. Our exhibit booth is in a prime location with high traffic, and on the same isle with Eerdmans, Baker, Kregel, and Answers In Genesis. Two new helpers join us this year, David and Jacki Miller (British Columbia). This means we will have four people from Canada, including John and Barb Johnston (Ottawa). Returning veterans Edmund Lee (New Orleans), Mathew Dryden (San Francisco), Parker Voll (Rochester NY) and David Webster (Maine) will complete our crew. This is a huge opportunity to share the preterist message with thousands of conservative evangelical theologians, seminary students, and ministry leaders (over 2500 in attendance). But it comes at a high price. Our expenses for this event take a huge bite out of our budget, and we are extremely grateful to all of you who financially support it and pray for our efforts there. You share in all the good fruit that comes from these efforts.
Three New Resources
The Siege of Jerusalem by Titus – by Thomas Lewin
If you dread slogging through The Jewish Wars by Josephus with its archaic English and confusing meanderings, Lewin’s book will be a breath of fresh air. It is like a Readers Digest version of Josephus. Concise and easy to read. Great companion book for Ed’s podcasts on the Chronology of the War. Provides an excellent overview of the final days of the siege of Jerusalem (Spring and Summer of AD 70) when Titus employed his four legions against its massive walls. A must-read for anyone wishing to understand why the temple was destroyed and the Jews were dispersed. Only 88 pages.
Bamboozled Believers – by Michael Biehler
Condemned to hell by the leaders of his local church for believing Christ returned in the first century, Biehler rebounded with a brave new book that illuminates many of the hard-to-understand endtime scriptures. It not only presents the familiar preterist apologetic, but also faces down the common accusation of heresy which some futurists have hurled against us. And it challenges every reader to reexamine his core beliefs. Biehler encourages both futurists and preterists to renounce the legacy of hatred that hinders our constructive dialogue, and to come together like noble Bereans to search the scriptures. Believing that Jesus returned in the first century just as he promised is NOT heresy, but sober truth. Church leaders looking for a clear explanation of preterism, and how to handle it in a church setting, will find this book very useful.
Nebraska Retreat Videos and Audios – by Ed Stevens
Here is your chance to eavesdrop on a preterist study retreat hosted by the family and friends of Mike and Linda Nichols at their home in Chappell Nebraska in October 2014. There were eleven sessions over the course of five days, including presentations on the resurrection, bodily change, and catching up. Other sessions were: How to Interpret Scripture, Timing Is Everything, Cosmology, and the Preterist Worldview. Plus an interactive session where we dealt with some of the most common questions about first century fulfillment. We dug deeply into the biblical text (1Cor 15, 2Cor 5, and 1Thess 4) to provide some of the best explanations of the resurrection, change, and rapture that we have ever presented. There are eleven sessions on six DVDs in the album, plus an extra CD with all eleven audio MP3 tracks and PDF lesson outlines. If you want to understand what Paul taught about the resurrection of the dead, the change of the living, and the catching up of all the saints, this is what you are looking for!
How To Get These New Resources
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This economy is challenging for all Christian ministries, and especially preterist ministries like IPA. Putting up an annual preterist exhibit booth at the Evangelical Theological Society is very expensive. Plus, we are working to improve the content and functionality of this website. Publishing new books is also very costly. Plus Ed is working on his Thesis for his Masters degree, and trying to convert all our print books into electronic form (eBook, PDF). All of this takes a huge bite out of our budget and our time. So your help is greatly needed. Please prayerfully consider supporting monthly or making a donation. By making a contribution toward these projects, you will be one of the first to receive some of our latest resources!
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