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Heather has an Honours BA from York University with a major in mathematics and a minor in latin. She is a ladies’ Bible study leader and a Sunday school teacher of two- and three-year-olds. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, and reading. She also likes swimming, hiking, boating, and cross-country skiing. Heather is married to her husband, a retired librarian. They have three grown children and three grandsons.
Why study the big picture in the Bible?
In the course of my studies, I discovered that evangelicals hold to three different storylines of the Bible: covenant theology, new covenant theology, and dispensationalism. How can believers conceive of three different storylines for God’s way of dealing with humanity? I struggled with this question after I wrote my first book, A Tale of Two Kingdoms. To me, the answer lies in the fact that some people study topics first and then make God’s redemptive story fit the desired conclusion.
Now I am not denying the importance of studying topics or individual books. However, I believe that learning about the big picture in the Bible should come first after salvation. This means understanding that the Bible is Christ-centered from Genesis to Revelation. Both covenant theologians and dispensationalists appear to have based their storylines on the Old Testament alone.
The Reformers were covenant theologians. They lived in societies in which the union of church and state was the accepted norm. Therefore they gladly accepted the theocracy of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament as the proper model for the church. In so doing, they ignored the teachings of the new covenant in the New Testament, which did away with this situation. Believers come from all the nations of the world and answer directly to God, not human government. Jesus died to redeem a people to God from all ages. His kingdom is spiritual, not earthly.
Likewise, dispensationalists concentrate their studies in the Old Testament. They read time and again how God promised to make the nation of Israel a political power head over the whole world. They acknowledge that Israel often lost that right because of disobedience. Nevertheless they insist God must keep his promise to restore the fortunes of Israel someday and make them a world power. Like the covenant theologians, dispensationalists ignore the teachings of the new covenant in the New Testament. Although they agree that the church is the fulfillment of the new covenant, they still insist Israel must have its political utopia. Therefore they also understand the new covenant for the Jews will be fulfilled in the future millennium.
Both groups do not grasp the simple storyline of the Bible. Tempted by Satan, Adam and Eve sinned. Ever since then, everyone is born in sin and guilty of sinning. God provided a solution through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Since the beginning of history, God has been working to redeem a people for his glory. When he has finished this sovereign work of grace, Jesus will return to gather believers to God. There is no chance for salvation after Jesus’ return. Then God will burn up this earth and create a new heaven and new earth for his people. Our spiritual salvation is much more important to God than temporal satisfaction in this sin-filled world.
A monthly devotional thought: www.tale2k.blogspot.com
- On The Move--Our Earthly Address, Barnabas, Fall 2015
- Double Jeopardy? Understanding both atonement and propitiation, Barnabas, Summer 2015
- A Spritual U-Turn: How God Saved An Atheist, Barnabas, Spring 2014
- The Last Words of David, Barnabas, Winter 2014
- The Temple of God, Barnabas, Summer 2013
- Just Like My Mom, Barnabas, Spring 2013
- Buying a Water Access Cottage, Sideroads of Parry Sound & Area, Spring 2013
- Book review of The Priority of Jesus Christ by Tom Wells, Thrive, Winter 2012
- The Bible's Storyline: How it Affects the Doctrine of Salvation, the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Spring 2011, volume 8: number 1, pp. 59-68, http://www.baptistcenter.com/Documents/Journals/JBTM%208.1%20Spring11.pdf
- Book review of Singled Out by Wilf Roch, Thrive, Fall 2011
- Celebrating a Youthful Harvest, The Fellowship LINK, Fall 2011
- My Mount Everest, The Fellowship LINK, Summer 2011
- Thy Kingdom Come, christmycovenant.com
- A Day Like Any Other, a poem in The Fellowship LINK, Spring 2011
- A Tale of Two Testaments, christmycovenant.com, January 2011
- The Grace of Receiving, The Fellowship LINK, Winter 2011
- The Haitian Connection, The Fellowship LINK, Fall 2010
- Visiting the British Isles, The Fellowship LINK, Summer 2010
- The Art of Smocking, The Fellowship LINK, Spring 2010
- Special Reading Classes Do Work, Innisfil Journal, April 15 2010
- My First Grandchild, a poem in Grandmothers' Necklace, February 2010
- Succeeding Against All Odds, The Fellowship LINK, Winter 2010
- Bridging the Generation Gap, The Fellowship LINK, Fall 2009
- The Good Food Box, The Fellowship LINK, Summer 2009
- Reach Out With Good Friday, Faith Today, March/April 2009
- Decluttering a House, The Fellowship LINK, Winter 2008/09
- Québec Espoir, The Fellowship LINK, Fall 2008
- Of Sheep and Goats -- A Devotional, The Canadian Gideon, September 2008
- My Self-Publishing Journey, www.shared-self-publishing.com/my-selfpublishing-journey.html, September 2008
- Celebrating 400 Years in Quebec, Faith Today, July/August 2008
- Learning to Share, Daily Devotions for Writers, April 2008
- Baptists Blitz – Bless Hamilton, Faith Today, March/April 2008
- Couple Ministers at Ontario Native Reserves, Faith Today, March/April 2008
- Heaven and Hell, Faith Today, March/April 2008
- Born to Die, The Canadian Gideon, December 2007
- The Joy of Christmas, a poem in The Fellowship LINK, Fall 2007
Heather and her husband at The Great Divide, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
Autographing a copy of A Tale of Two Kingdoms for Dr. G.A. Adams
Heather took part in an Author Signing at Mitchell Family Books in Willowdale, Ontario, which later made the front page of the December 2007 issue of Maranatha News.