The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 05

Post 05New Perspectives on the Heavenly JerusalemMany Christian hymns of an eschatological emphasis have used the language of John’s picture of the New Jerusalem extensively, a Jerusalem situated in the very heart of the new heaven and earth.  In the past generation especially, there has been increased momentum for questioning whether John intended his picture … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 05

The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 04

Post 04 Trash-Talking Hymns While there can be no doubt that competing religions of the Ancient Near East were sometimes crassly ridiculed and trashed in Israelite Scripture and worship (Ps. 31:6; 96:5; 97:7; 115:4; 135:15; cf. Isa. 44:18-20), the Psalter of Israel was sung largely by Israelites, for fellow Israelites.  Like Revelation, many statements of … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 04

The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 03

Judgment and the New Heaven and Earth For centuries there have been those who have found it theologically unbearable to embrace the traditional Christian teaching about hell, divine punishment, and the wrath of God, resorting as a consequence either to universalism or to annihilationism for doctrinal consolation.  John himself portrays the judgment of God in … Continue reading The New Creation in Revelation 21-22, Part 03

Harriet Tubman, MLK, Jesus, John, and Thoughts about Extremism

I confess that I debated with myself, but not for long, whether to use the term extreme/extremism in this post.  Looking around on the internet it is clear that there are far more quotations and opinions that speak disparagingly about extremism than speak in favor of it.  I even remember (precocious youth that I was) … Continue reading Harriet Tubman, MLK, Jesus, John, and Thoughts about Extremism

Just How Big Was the “Whole World” to John (Rev. 3:10)?

Without bothering or boring you with too many dry details, the interpretation of Rev. 3:10 is important in the ongoing disagreement between Premillennialists and Preterists regarding the correct paradigm for the interpretation of the entire book of Revelation.  It is not my concern here, but this text is also central to the debate between Pretribulation … Continue reading Just How Big Was the “Whole World” to John (Rev. 3:10)?

Why the Cross is Not Enough!

Healthy Christian doctrine has always rightly insisted that God’s work in Christ is all-sufficient.  Furthermore, Christianity has additionally been clear that anyone or any group that requires belief in Christ plus other things or other people or other rituals or other revelations is heretical.  What has been unclear at times is the awareness that no … Continue reading Why the Cross is Not Enough!