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NT Church Proliferation Digest Tuesday, October 22 2002 Volume 02 : Number 186

[NTCP] 4th Searching Together Conference announced
[NTCP] New archaeological discovering possibly relates directly to NT Church
Re: [NTCP] New archaeological discovering possibly relates directly to NT Church

Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 13:03:25 -0400
From: forwarded <forwarded * homechurch>
Subject: [NTCP] 4th Searching Together Conference announced

(forwarders note: Jon Zens has been encouraging home churches for many
years in person and in print. www.searchingtogether )

Friends in the Body of Christ --

We would like to invite you to the 4th Searching Together Conference,
July 24-27, 2003, to be held in Taylors Falls, MN.

The topic? It's a hot potato. What does the Bible teach about the "Last
Days"? There are many viewpoints, and sometimes discussions on this topic
generate more heat than light! Our purpose in this conference is to have
an open forum where the various understandings of Scripture about
eschatology, or "last things," can be presented and evaluated in an
atmosphere of love and respect for one another.

We would like a representative of each of the many viewpoints --
Premillennism, Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, Preterism, and if there
be any other -ism -- to have the opportunity to share their perspective
for about 50 minutes, with a time of questions and evaluation to follow
from those who hear. Cliff Bjork and I will do a presentation, and we
have seven more slots that can be filled. If you would like to come and
present your view, please let us know so we can plan the program. While
those who come to the conference will be responsible for their own
expenses for travel, lodging and meals, there will be a limited number of
homes open for hospitality. Our Third Conference was held in our ST
Bookstore. However, if a significant number of people indicate interest
in attending, we will have to seek a larger venue.

We hope that this conference will provide a forum for coming to a deeper
understanding of what the Scriptures teach about the future. Much
confusion on this topic abounds, and we believe open discussion with open
Bibles is a proven way for the Holy Spirit to dispell darkness and bring
the light of the Gospel to humble, hungry hearts. It must be emphasized
that we are not interested in just talking back and forth about doctrinal
positions. The ideas people have about "last things" affect how they
live. We are ultimately concerned about the overriding perspective that
Peter spoke of in 2 Peter 3:11,13-14 -- "And so since everything around
us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living! . .
.We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth where
righteousness will dwell. Wherefore, beloved, since you look for such
things, be diligent that you may be found of Him in peace, without spot,
and blameless."

Jon Zens

on behalf of Word of Life Church

Searching Together, Box 377, Taylors Falls, MN 55084

Further specific information will be provided in the next issue of ST,
but for now some local motels are listed:
Holiday Inn Express, St Croix Falls WI -- 877-422-4097; 715-483-5775
Vally Motel, Dresser, WI -- 800-545-6107; 715-755-2781
Dalles House Motel, St Croix Falls, WI -- 715-483-3206
Pines Motel, Taylors Falls, MN -- 651-465-3422
Springs Inn, Taylors Falls, MN -- 651-465-6565
Osceola River Valley Inn & Suites -- 715-294-4060

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Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 11:28:39 +0200
From: "Deborah" <deborah.millier * juccampus>
Subject: [NTCP] New archaeological discovering possibly relates directly to NT Church

Dear NTCP members,

Archaeologists working in or near Jerusalem recently found an
ossuary-- stone box where bones of the deceased are placed in the second
stage of the ancient Jewish burial procedure-- with the Aramaic inscription:
"James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus". What is unusual is not the
ossuary or the Aramaic inscription itself. It is the reference to a
brother, something which only occurred in burial inscriptions if a brother
were famous in the region. Thus far the inscripted ossuary has been
examined by the Geological Survey of Israel and Andre Lemaire from Paris, a
respected specialist of inscriptions from the biblical period. No evidence
of fraud have been discovered as of yet ... although that possibility cannot
be ruled out this early in the game. The chances of this being another
James with a father named Joseph and brother named Jesus in or near
Jerusalem during the 1st century has been calculated by Lemaire to be such
that there no more than 20 possible candidates with all those factors (name,
father's name, brother's name, time, place) applying. So the possibility is
quite high (but not sure) that this is the ossuary of the servant leader of
Jerusalem's post-Pentecost church, mentioned in the NT, and referred to by
the ancient Jewish historian Josephus as a godly respected man in the Jewish
community who was nevertheless martyred. More details will be published in
an upcoming article in BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW Nov-Dec issue.
Other Israeli discoveries, from years past, that are relevant to our
Christian faith include:

1) Caiaphas' ossuary
2) heel bones of a crucified man
3) Inscription referring to Pontius Pilate

Thought you just might like to know ...,


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Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 22:45:45 -0400
From: AOM Canada <aom_canada * hotmail>
Subject: Re: [NTCP] New archaeological discovering possibly relates directly to NT Church

This story made the FRONT page of one of our NATIONAL newspapers in Canada,
the Toronto Globe and Mail, and had extensive coverage, and apparently a
Canadian film maker has bought the rights to create a documentary on the
finding and also the RC church and Eastern Orthodox church are "reeling"
from the possibility that Mary had more than one child. This finding
undermines their theory of "perpetual virginity".

Quite a story!


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