Josh Ross is our guest preacher this Sunday as Wade takes some vacation time. Josh is the preaching minister for the Sycamore View Church in Memphis. In addition to speaking regularly, he is the author of Scarred Faith and Bringing Heaven to Earth, and has been published in The Christian Chronicle, New Wineskins and other publications. He […]
The final scene in Revelation is not so much an explanation of what heaven is like, as it is an invitation to start living in God’s new world before it fully arrives. A Tale of Two Cities: Come In!
In the final chapters of Revelation, John describes two cities, which couldn’t be more different from one another. The first city has no future in God’s world. Why would anyone want to live there? A Tale of Two Cities: Come Out!
One of the more troubling aspects of Revelation, especially for sophisticated first world readers, is the violent depiction of God’s wrath poured out on the earth. Like most everything else in Revelation, these images aren’t meant to be taken literally. This doesn’t mean, however, we shouldn’t take them seriously. God’s Gonna Cut You Down
In Revelation 6-11, John focuses on comforting Christians who are suffering for their faith. Beginning in chapter 12, he seems to shift to waking up complacent Christians who are compromising theirs. The story he tells is a jarring one. A Dragon and Two Beasts
How do Christians change the world? How do we change hearts? How can we defeat evil? Revelation gives a bittersweet answer to these questions. Please come having read Revelation 8-11. The Little Scroll That Changes Everything
At the end of Revelation 5, the slain Lamb is declared worthy to open the scroll containing God’s plan for rescuing creation from evil. We might expect the opening of the scroll to reveal nothing but good news. We see instead, that God’s plan for dealing with evil includes God allowing things to get worse […]
In Revelation 2-3, Christ calls some of the seven churches in Asia to “stand firm” and others to “repent.” Both standing firm in the face of opposition and changing bad habits and practices require tremendous strength, courage, and energy. Beginning in Revelation 4, John hopes to provide these resources to the seven churches by pulling […]
It’s easy to get lost in all the bizarre imagery of Revelation. One of the keys to reading it responsibly is to remember that it was originally addressed to seven churches located in a specific region of the Roman Empire. Before we can apply the message of Revelation to our situation, we must first understand […]
Guest Speaker: Richard Beck The War in Heaven