Blog

Got Questions about the End Times?

Welcome to the landing page for my sermon & blog series: “Be Right Back: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ.”  Everyone has questions about the end of the world. And so, the goal here is to give you additional resources to help you navigate this exciting topic! In the first section, you’ll see…
Read More

DANIEL’S “SEVENTY WEEKS” – Understanding the Backbone of End Times Theology

Why in the world do Christians believe in a Seven-year tribulation? Where does the doctrine of the anti-Christ come from? And what in the world is Daniel’s “Seventy Weeks?” If you’ve ever studied eschatology, (the study of the end of the world), you’re likely to come upon a famous prophecy called “Daniel’s Seventy Sevens” (or…
Read More

How to Decide Your View of the End Times – A Five Step Study Process

Why is it so stinking hard to study the end times?  The truth is: It’s NOT hard. But it can feel that way when we’re doing it with the wrong resources. As a result, many Christians either avoid the subject altogether or they study it for all the wrong reasons with all the wrong resources.…
Read More

A Brief History of End Times Views: How our Times Shape our Eschatology

At Substance, we’ve been talking about the end of the world in our series Be Right Back: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ. And if you haven’t seen the BRB resource page at PeterHaas.org, be sure to check it out. Every week I will be posting new resources to help you study the…
Read More

Keep Praying for Minneapolis

Last week was a proud moment – and I wanted to post a short clip of it (see below). After church got out, Carolyn and I joined a few hundred pastors outside the Hennepin County Courthouse to pray over the upcoming trials related to George Floyd. Many of you know that our Minneapolis campus is…
Read More

Four Types of End Times Books & the Order in which to Read Them!

At Substance, we’ve been doing an End Times sermon series called: “BRB: Tough Questions about the Second Return of Christ.” And in case you didn’t know, the academic word for this is called: Eschatology (pronounced, Es-ka’TOL-ogy). Thus, if someone writes a book about the end of the world, the book of Revelation, or God’s final plan for modern Israel,…
Read More

Did Christ Really Descend into Hell?

Did Christ Really Descend into Hell? Over the years, I’ve been asked this question a lot. If you grew up in a good Catholic or Lutheran church, chances are you were forced to memorize the Apostles Creed, which says: “[Christ] was crucified, died and was buried,” followed by the statement: “he descended into hell.” Now,…
Read More

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Last year revealed all sorts of silliness:  We all imagined our hearts to be full of faith instead of fear. We all imagined that we trusted in prayer more than politics; yet, circumstances always reveal what we actually trust in (eg., money, politics, health-care, job-security). As Jesus puts it, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the…
Read More

Heart for the House – Fall Vision – What is Substance Doing in 2021?

The end of the year is always fun at Substance! And after a year like 2020… we could all use it! For starters: Late-October means Vision Season: We always unveil the soon coming upgrades followed by a Heart for the House leadership night (This Sunday Oct 25th). And then, come December, Christmas at Substance is…
Read More

The Power of Honor

Honor seems to be a lost virtue in our culture right now. It’s all over in politics, news, social media…you name it. And oftentimes, dishonor is treated as some sort of noble act of truth-telling…some people are even under the impression that if you don’t dishonor someone, they’ll dishonor you! But, here’s the thing- the Bible constantly links honoring…
Read More