It is important to love one’s neighbor — but in America, individual freedom is often more prized than biblical admonitions.
Part 5 of our Revelation series looks at the church’s call to resist the seduction of Empire and worldly power, avoiding the mark(s) of the Beast and bearing the marks of Christlike character. We should fix our eyes on the New City that will someday come down to Earth, and become a here-and-now colony of Heaven in the middle of this groaning creation.
We’ve been taught to see evil and injustice in mainly individualistic terms. The Book of Revelation confronts and exposes oppressive “cultures” and exploitative economies represented by the “Beasts” and “Babylon” and the Harlot. This makes Revelation a very timely book as we expose aspects of American society and our history that has the “marks of the beast.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly: defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Yet, in this moment, white Christians should also heed Jesus’ brother’s advice: “Everyone should […]
The lesson that God would judge a city for its economic practices is a sobering thought. The fact that much of the condemnation appears to stem from its self-indulgence should hit with particular force at modern consumer culture
Here’s Scot McKnight again, who is reviewing David Mathewson’s (A Companion to the Book of Revelation) on his blog Jesus Creed: Knowing who is the problem reshapes our reading of Revelation. Sometimes our history of reading a book blocks our ability to read it better. If one reads Revelation […]
This is part 3 of “Apocalypse Now”, a sermon series on the Book of Revelation. Jeremy draws out key themes of Rev. 5 & 6 – the centering vision of the entire book – while drawing inspiration from local sites of his hometown.
Many pastors avoid teaching the Book of Revelation either because they themselves are still befuddled, but more often because it’s an exhausting chore confronting all the BS interpretations that have persisted for so long.
This is a teaser from a sermon on the Book of Revelation. This message explores Jesus’ messages to the seven churches mentioned in Revelation chapters 2 & 3, and the messages Christ might have for churches today. Watch full message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwsc9…
This is part 2 of our series on the Book of Revelation. This message explores how Jesus spoke specific messages of hope and challenge to his churches back then, and he still does today. Join Jeremy as he wanders his hometown community making connections to the past.
Christianity’s Biggest Challenge Comes from Realists. Christianity believes the kingdom has been inaugurated; realists don’t.