Contributing sermons since Nov 20, 2021
Contributed on Nov 29, 2023
A practical, academically rigorous, no-rapture reading of Revelation. Here, John receives a revelation from Jesus, passed from God, to Jesus, to Jesus' angel, to John, for 7 seven churches. To what end?
Last week, I introduced our new series on the book of Revelation. Really, I didn't explain much about the book at all. My focus was more on how I think the book should be read. If you missed that, you're going to want a copy of my sermon. This week, I want to begin by simply reading the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2023
An introduction to Revelation. Not so much a summary of the book, but more an explanation for how I'm planning to read it.
Several months ago, I was having a conversation with my dad about what we should study next. I was debating between several books, and not sure of what I should do next. He encouraged me to pick the study that I thought would be most useful to the church. He has also told me that he would avoid ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2023
The new Jerusalem is both a place we enter, and the church itself. The new Jerusalem=the bride=the church. The focus is on living faithfully-- conquering-- so that we are allowed in.
I'd like to start this morning by simply rereading our verses from last week, Revelation 21:1-8. They start, with what John "sees": (1) and I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth departed, and the sea wasn't in it any longer, (2) and the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2023
A practical, no-rapture, academically rigorous reading of Revelation. One day heaven and earth will be merged, and God will fully, entirely, dwell with his people.
At one point or another, most of us have felt the need for a fresh start in life. One Friday night, we finished our work, and looked at our paycheck, and decided that it wasn't worth it. We were tired of difficult bosses, or rude customers, or just the work itself. We looked at our job, and ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2023
A practical, no-rapture, academically rigorous reading of Revelation.
Today, we have the privilege of studying a passage, Revelation 20, that's been sharply debated by Christians for at least 1700 years. It's been understood, and applied, in shockingly different ways. I'm guessing that those of you who lean nerd, and are really into end times stuff, ...read more