Apocalypse · Codex Sinaiticus · Greek · Jesus Christ · Number of the Beast · Revelation

The Number of the Beast and Wild Claims

A friend recently posted a video that makes claims concerning the “number of the beast” in Revelation 13:18 (it can be viewed HERE) . I found the following graphic posted on Facebook of Walid’s claims about the symbols/words written in “Sinaiticus” (a Greek codex with many sections dating from the fourth century). Walid claims that… Continue reading The Number of the Beast and Wild Claims

Genealogies · Jesus Christ · Luke · Matthew

Who Was Joseph's Father?

I was asked today about the seeming disparity between the genealogy of Matthew and Luke, both of whom provide a different father’s name for Joseph the (supposed) father of Jesus: Jacob (Matthew 1.16) and Heli (Luke 3.23). There are two basic proposals: 1) That both genealogies refer to Joseph, with Matthew’s account intended for Jesus… Continue reading Who Was Joseph's Father?

eschatology · Jesus Christ · mark of the beast · Revelation · worship

The Mark of the Beast Revealed!

We live in a time where there is extreme fascination with things found in the book of the Revelation (though this has really always been the case). You know…that book at the end of your Bible with all of those psychedelic visions of creatures doing bizarre things, angels trumpeting or pouring out destruction on the… Continue reading The Mark of the Beast Revealed!

1 Corinthians · Eschaton · Genesis · Jesus Christ · Karl Barth · Redemption · Revelation · Suffering · Theodicy

A Brief Theology of Suffering: The Story of God and Man

<!–[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> There can be no missing that something is terribly wrong with the world.  One need not look far to conclude this.  Sin and evil; death and suffering; sorrow and loss abound.  Not that there is never life and hope or blessing and goodness, but that all things are not well… Continue reading A Brief Theology of Suffering: The Story of God and Man

Acts · Holy Spirit · Interpretation · Jesus Christ · Lesslie Newbigin · Rudolph Bultmann · Scripture

Forever Listening to the Spirit

I recently read something by Lesslie Newbigin (that great missionary statesman of the twentieth century) that struck a chord with me.  He wrote the following concerning the Jerusalem congregation’s recognition of the validity of the Gentile mission that Peter had just returned from (Acts 10-11): “They were silenced because they had to recognize something new.… Continue reading Forever Listening to the Spirit

Dogmatics in Outline · Jesus Christ · Karl Barth · Time

Jesus Christ and Time

 I’ve been reading through Karl Barth’s “Dogmatics in Outline” (for a third time now and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the complete fourteen volume “Church Dogmatics” this coming November first) as prep for Sunday nights working through the Apostles’ Creed and happened upon this wonderful extended quote dealing with Jesus Christ and time.  I just… Continue reading Jesus Christ and Time

Christian · Cost of Discipleship · Dietrich Bonhoeffer · Jesus Christ

Why I'm Done With The Christian Life

Perhaps you may be wondering why I would say that I’m done with the Christian life (which is following suit after Dietrich Bonhoeffer who states as much in the final pages of his “Cost of Discipleship”). I’m a pastor after all and shouldn’t say such things…right? Before you start writing to me to compel me… Continue reading Why I'm Done With The Christian Life