The following are my brief notes written as a Sunday School introduction for adults to the book of the Revelation that I taught May 13, 2018 at New Life Assembly of God in Ellendale, ND. What is “apocalypse”? It is a “revealing” of something. This book belongs to a broader genre of writings known to… Continue reading Hearing and Seeing the Apocalypse: A Sunday School Introduction
Here is a 30 minute sermon I preached at the chapel of Trinity Bible College and Graduate School (Ellendale, ND) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 on the entire book of the Revelation titled “Overcomers Win or Why Quitters Go to Hell”. #maytheLambbepraised #Heisworthy 🙂
I have been teaching The Minor Prophets this semester and as we covered Joel I was struck by the use of Joel which John makes in the Revelation (particularly chapter 9) of the book of Joel. Here are some connections I noticed in my brief study (followed by a few random reflections): The sounding of… Continue reading Joel and The Revelation: Sounding the Trumpet
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
In a recent conversation about events in the Middle/Near East, a question was raised as to the potential for fulfillment of prophecy, specifically concerning “Gog and Magog”. Gog and Magog have so captured the imagination that their very mention seems clouded by mystery and ready at hand to apply to nearly any particularity in contemporary… Continue reading Gog, Magog, and Premillennialism
Yes, you read that correctly. I am getting a tattoo. And, yes, I am still a pastor and Bible college faculty member. And I am not just getting any tattoo. The kind you are probably thinking that I am getting is so cliché…so 2013. And my tattoo will not be something covered by sleeves or… Continue reading I'm Getting a Tattoo
The enigmatic book of Leviticus is not a first choice for the Church to read or study, yet I’ve been taking my congregation through it (verse-by-verse…believe it or not) for our Wednesday Bible study. Last night we covered its theological center (or heart) which can be found in chapter 16. Lev. 16 concerns itself with… Continue reading The Heart of Leviticus
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!
This week I preached from Matthew 1:1-17 on the genealogy of Jesus. Talk about a fun text! Needless to say, one of the elements of this text that is troubling (at a certain level) is the emphasis by Matthew on “fourteen generations” from Abraham to David, then David to the exile in Babylon, then the… Continue reading "Fourteen" Generations?
The New Covenant: The Life of Christ (Matthew-John) The One Who Comes – The path of the LORD was prepared by the coming of John the Baptizer. Jesus of Nazareth was born to fulfill the word of the LORD and as such was actually the Word himself. When John baptized Jesus the Holy Spirit descended… Continue reading Teaching the NT in Two Weeks (for 7th Graders)