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Letters To The Churches

That most confusing of all NT books, the Book of Revelation, contains seven letters to seven churches in chapters 2-3, and we are looking at Revelation with the helpfof Craig Koester in Revelation and the End of All Things and Ian Paul, Revelation. Each letter has a similar structure, and I take this from Ian Paul: […]



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Letters To The Churches


Reading The Visions Of Revelation

Is the Book of Revelation a narrative or is it something else? Something else says Craig Koester in Revelation and the End of All Things. Here is his “outline.”   I quote Koester’s brief explanation, and his approach undoes the “then this and then this and following that then this” approach. Rather than a linear reading […]



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Reading The Visions Of Revelation


The Book Of Revelation On Sundays (in church)

What happens to the Book of Revelation in church on Sundays? Craig Koester, Revelation and the End of All Things, has a very interesting set of observations about this question, and the answer is two-fold: The lectionary avoids most of it. The songbook is filled with lines from Revelation. Because the lectionary avoids most of it, […]



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The Book Of Revelation On Sundays (in church)


When The Book Of Revelation Becomes Historical

Does the Book of Revelation refer to yet future events? Does it use images that are most/entirely timeless? Or does the Book of Revelation have visions that are/were then already past events? We can leave open, of course, a variety of mixing affirmative answers to each of the questions. How the church has read Revelation […]



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When The Book Of Revelation Becomes Historical


Miracles, Experience, And Mythic Narratives

In Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book on miracles, Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation, is a long chapter on how to reframe miracles in the Bible and Christian tradition in order to reclaim miracles for the Christian church today. Last week we looked at two elements of this reclamation — imagination and God as […]



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Miracles, Experience, And Mythic Narratives


A Short History of Purpose in Biology (RJS)

Denis Alexander in his new book Is There Purpose in Biology starts with an outline of the history of thinking about Purpose and purpose in biology in the West and Middle East. Capital P Purpose is a metaphysical concept relating to design and teleology, small p purpose is uncontroversial – eyes are for seeing, mouths […]



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A Short History of Purpose in Biology (RJS)


Book of Revelation: Future, Timeless, or Past?

Does the Book of Revelation refer to yet future events? Does it use images that are most/entirely timeless? Or does the Book of Revelation have visions that are/were then already past events? We can leave open, of course, a variety of mixing affirmative answers to each of the questions. How the church has read Revelation […]



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Book of Revelation: Future, Timeless, or Past?


Miracles: Yes? No?

I begin a new series on miracles, focusing on Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book  Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation. Yes or Almost No or No? That’s the theme of the first chapter. Yes Everything in Christianity hangs on the miraculous: no God, no act of God in reality, no resurrection, no miracles by […]



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Miracles: Yes? No?


Tuesday Night, FB Live

I am excited that my new book becomes available this week. I am even more excited at the number of pastors who have written to say they will be reading it and discussing it with their staff. One pastor told me recently his church is considering “dual” baptism — either infant or upon profession of […]



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Tuesday Night, FB Live


Purpose in Biology? (RJS)

Yet another new book for our consideration. Denis Alexander, molecular biologist, former chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and emeritus director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, has recently published Is There Purpose in Biology? The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. This should be […]



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