HELL AND MR. FUDGE MOVIE is screening in New Zealand over the next few weeks.

Hell and Mr Fudge

This is a movie worth making the effort to go and see! SATURDAY 5th APRIL Hamilton Gardens Exhibition Hall Cobham Drive (State Highway One), Hamilton 8:00 pm Movie Screening MONDAY 7th APRIL Palmerston North Seventh Day Adventist Church 257 Ferguson St, West End, Palmerston North 7:00 pm Movie Screening TUESDAY 8th APRIL Napier Seventh Day […]

Is the Resurrection Necessary?


According to the New Testament, it’s the resurrection or nothing. There is no other way to have any existence after death. This means, among other things, that there is no conscious soul able to survive without a body. Every Christian who takes a stance on the mind-body issue is going to have to live with […]

three ruined outfits


Genesis 37:29-36 29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes 30 and he came back to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone, and I, where can I go?” 31 Then they took Joseph’s tunic and slaughtered a goat and dipped the […]

Purging the Kingdom: Jesus’ Interpretation of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13


By James D. Gallé (Final Revisions 10 March 2014) Prior to entering our discussion about the parable of the wheat and the tares, I believe a word needs to be said regarding the phrase that occurs toward the end of Jesus’ explanation of the parable to his disciples:”In that place there will be weeping and […]

An Overview of Final Punishment in Matthew’s Gospel

matthew and eternal punishment

by James D. Gallé Saturday, 25 January 2014 When arguing for their perspective of final punishment in Matthew, advocates of the conventional view of endless conscious torment (ECT) will typically argue in the following manner:  Matthew 25:41,46 teaches the endless conscious torment of the finally unrepentant.  Therefore, Matthew 10:28 cannot teach annihilationism. What if we […]

The promise of permanence


Genesis 13:14 – 14:9 14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, to the north and south and east and west,15 because all the land that you now see I am promising to you and to your offspring permanently.16 […]

Anything but the blood of Jesus: How (some) traditionalists downplay the death of Christ


“What can take away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” Robert Lowry How does a traditional view of hell as eternal torment undermine the value of the death of Jesus? One of the biblical reasons to accept conditional immortality is that Jesus stood in for sinners, taking upon himself their fate, dying the […]

coaching for the mission in Jewish Galilee | the harvest is plentiful


The prophet Isaiah had predicted that the northern territories, once the possession of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali, would have a special place in God’s messianic plan. This land of Galilee, so surrounded by Gentiles and Samaritans that it was called “Galilee of the nations” would be the first to see the Messiah.1 In their […]

soul searching


I’m involved in a translation project now, which will take me a few years. As I go from text to text of scripture, it gives me opportunity to test my presuppositions about the meaning of certain words. One of those words is “soul.” I trust the Bible to give me an understanding of what a […]

Did Paul Have an Out of Body Experience?

An out of body experience?

Did Paul talk about leaving his body and going to the third heaven? Although I’m familiar with the view that the Apostle Paul is relating an “out-of-body experience” at the outset of 2 Corinthians 12, I’m pretty sure that he is not. That’s partly because I don’t think that Scripture teaches that we are immaterial […]