In this episode, I continue our discussion of the book of Revelation as apocalyptic literature by diving in the Beast and the Harlot in chapters 13 and 17. Rather than being about a future antichrist, the beast was an image for a particular person and a particular way of living in the time of John. John reveals these identities using gematria, a well-known myth from the time, and engaging images. It turns out that the beast and the harlot are alive and well today and John wants to help us see them and know how to respond. As mentioned in the episode, if you would like to read some great resources on the book of Revelation, I highly recommend The Climax of Prophecy by Richard Bauckham, Revelation and the End of All Things by Craig Koester, and Revelation for Everyone by NT Wright. Please subscribe and leave a review!
In this episode, I am continuing the series on Revelation by jumping into Revelation chatper 12. This is a fascinating chapter because the author is taking a story from the day about the god Apollo and revealing who the story is really about and what this means for where we put our trust. During the time Revelation was written, much like today, there were many people and things claiming to bring salvation from all the terrible events happening in the world. It turns out, however, that there is only one person who delivers on that promise.
In this episode, we continue the Revelation series by discussing the book as a prophesy. What does it mean that the book is prophetic and how does that apply to our lives today? We look at the 4 horseman in Revelation 6 and the 2 witnesses in Revelation 11 as examples of how we are meant to respond to John's prophetic word. Rather than being about future events, these passages reveal the truth behind the choices we all make every day when responding to difficulty. They challenge us to return to God who is on the ultimate throne.
In this episode, we continue the Revelation series by traveling to the throne room in chapter four and discussing the book as a letter. The letter is ultimately all about God on the throne, the alpha and omega, the one who was, is, and is to come. This is a challenging thing for some of those who originally received the letter and encouraging for others. It is meant to have the same effect on us today.
In this episode, I continue my series on the book of Revelation by looking at the well-known theological idea known as the Rapture. By looking at it Biblically, historically, and even linguistically (more fun than it sounds!), we see if this concept is consistent with the Biblical narrative and if there might be something else going on in these passages.
In this episode, we discuss apocalyptic literature, a popular but frequently misunderstood genre in the Bible. We specifically look at the most famous apocalyptic Biblical book of Revelation and what exactly it is trying to communicate. It turns out that rather than being a prediction of future events, Revelation is meant to help us understand the true nature of all things in all times and challenge us to choose what we engage wisely. We cover everything from Wall-E to "apocalyptic" shows like The Walking Dead to bring some clarity to this amazing book.
In this episode, I look at the story of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis 11. It's a story I had always understood as ending with a punishment but more recently have come to understand as one of God's greatest blessings. It turns out that God's confusing of the languages helped us down the path toward worldwide diversity, something that is often a source of tension and fear in the world today, but actually holds within it the power for amazing creativity and beauty.
In this episode, I am joined by Cyndi Parker. Cyndi is a professor in both the United States and Israel and she has deeply impacted the way I read and understand the Bible. She taught me that Geography matters! It’s a character in all of our stories and often plays a significant role in the Biblical text. In our conversation, we discuss geography, both ancient and modern, and the significant impact it has on interpreting Scripture and understanding what is going on in the Middle East today. You can find Cyndi at www.narrativeofplace.com!
In this episode, I am joined by Dawn Bulchandani. Dawn is a professor and author who I met because of a book she wrote about a man named Jihad Ramadan. I met Jihad when visiting a refugee camp in Palestine and his story has always stuck with me. When I found out that Dawn had known Jihad for years and then written a book about his life, I knew she could offer some fascinating insights into blowing up boxes. In this episode, we discuss Israel and Palestine, resistance, forgiveness, and the possibility of offering someone flowers. You can find Dawn's books Grass, Trees, Sunshine and Driving Through Walls: My Supernatural Journey of Hope on Amazon and soon she will release a course called Hello Islam online! Make sure to check them out!
In this episode, I am joined by Seth Taylor, the author of the book Feels Like Redemption. Seth shares his journey from pornography addiction into true freedom and why his journey is so different from what is often taught about addiction and the path to life. While the discussion begins with pornography, the stories and insights he shares apply not just to addiction but to being free in all areas of life. Discussing everything from challenging our belief systems and the importance of paying attention to our emotions and what our bodies are telling us, to the Holy Spirit and how to find true freedom, Seth definitely blows up some boxes. You can find out more about Seth at https://mypilgrimage.com and http://www.sethalantaylor.com.