I have pointed out earlier in this blog and now in my recent commentary (Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible) that many Graeco-Roman pagans also believed in postmortem punishment in the afterlife. You might not be aware, however, that they actually believed they had discovered some of the entrance portals to Hell, Hades, and the … Continue reading Gates to Hell, Fiery Sermons, and the Book of Revelation
Hello Everyone, This URL will take you to a page of color photos from the commentary. I am not including the ones that were never in color, like many of the coin photos, but the rest that are enjoyable to see in color. Due to the number of color photos I will not try to … Continue reading Color Photos from Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible, part 1
One of the current mantras in American theological education is globalization, and rightly so. Globalization should be built into the DNA of every congregation of followers of Christ. The world of Jesus was a world replete with views of globalization. Alexander the Great had created a world of globalization from Albania to Afghanistan and the … Continue reading A Remix of TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus
A disclaimer is in order: First, I don’t think TobyMac is the Antichrist, a member of the Illuminati, or guilty of any other nefarious associations or behavior, and I think it is clearly helpful to the Christian movement worldwide that he won the Best Contemporary Christian Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. I also find … Continue reading TobyMac and Luke’s and John’s Churchy Jesus
My commentary, Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible: A Commentary on Revelation 1-3 is NOW available. If you use Amazon, please link to Amazon.com through my blog and it will not cost you any additional amount, and it will help me offset publication costs! Just click on the picture of the book cover. Looking forward to hearing … Continue reading IT’S READY TO ORDER!
It has been assumed for years by leading NT scholars that the oldest archaeological artifacts that can be traced back to early Christians were produced after AD 180 [Graydon F. Snyder, Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine, rev. ed. 2003]. Therefore, many do not know that it is time to abandon that … Continue reading Archaeology Brings Us Closer to John’s Context