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Theology / by Thomas Fretwell - about 11 days

A Discussion on the Biblical Theology of Israel Part 2

In part one of this study, we began to look at the subject of Israel as a biblical theology theme. We began looking at five truths from Romans 11:25-29 that provide a basic outline of a theology of Israel. The first two points previously examined come from 11:25. One, that the Gentile church is often misinformed and super...

Theology / by Thomas Fretwell - about 18 days

A Discussion on the Biblical Theology of Israel Part 1

Historically, the evangelical tradition has been very supportive of Israel. Yet with the growing resurgence of supersessionism (replacement theology) eroding this support, as well as the alarming increase of global anti-Semitism, it is imperative that evangelicals understand the role of Israel from a biblical perspective. Unfortunately, many people today lack a proper biblical foundation to navigate this issue, an...

Holiday / by Thomas Fretwell - 3 months

From Hanukkah to Christmas – The Light that Overcomes Part 2

In part one of this series, we looked at the historical background that led to the feast of Hanukkah. A tumultuous period in Jewish history that climaxed with the Maccabean rebellion, rededication of the Temple, lighting of the Menorah, and ultimately, Jewish independence from a tyrannical ruler who sought thei...

Holiday / by Thomas Fretwell - 3 months

From Hanukkah to Christmas – The Light that Overcomes Part 1

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we should remember that this momentous event is the culmination of a rich prophetic tradition, which has its roots deeply planted in Jewish soil. The birth of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of messianic prophecy. The Jewish Messiah, born from the line of David, in the town of Bethlehem, has come. At this same time of year, Jews around the wor...

Current Events / by Thomas Fretwell - 5 months

The Longest Hatred - Why Antisemitism Persists

On October 27, 2018, during Sabbath worship services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a gunman entered the premises and opened fire indiscriminately at the congregation. In total, 11 worshipers were killed. Aside from the tragic loss of life and heartbreak that will follow, the Jewish community is once again left to ponder its place as a victim of this most pernicious form of hatred – antisemitism. The...

Apologetics / by Thomas Fretwell - 5 months

Exposing Truth: Engaging a New Generation with the Need for Expository Teaching

"Any expounder of the words of God is liable to go off on a tangent if he or she does not remember this stern, undeviating standard of exposition, namely, that no individual experience is of the remotest value unless it is up to the standard of the Word of God. The Bible not only tests experience, it tests truth. The Bible tests all experience, all truth, all authority by our Lord Himself a...

Discipleship / by Thomas Fretwell - 9 months

Standing Firm in a Hostile Culture

A Sure Foundation “Here I stand; I can do no other, so help me God." These are the now infamous words uttered by Martin Luther as he faced off with the powers of Rome. With his "conscience captive to the word of God," he stood firm in the face of a hostile crowd. Upon this act, the war cry of the Reformation was born—Sola Scriptura, "by Scripture alone." Similarly, the church today...

Current Events / by Thomas Fretwell - 9 months

Is Anti-Zionism the New Anti-Semitism?

A Growing Consensus Speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Vel D’Hiv, an event in which over 13,000 French Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps by their own government, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, called anti-Zionism a new form of anti-Semitism. Specifically addressing current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron said, “We will never surrender to ...