Books

Revelation 1:9-11 | Enduring the Tribulation | 007

BY BRANDON HANSON

We’re living in the end times. We have been since Pentecost. The earliest Christians believed it, and what’s more, that is what the apostles teach us in Scripture. As early as Acts 2:17, just after Jesus had ascended to heaven and poured out his Spirit on His church…

Revelation 1:9-11 | Enduring the Tribulation | 007

Revelation 1:5b-8 | God's Calling, Our Response | 006

BY BRANDON HANSON

We can pretend that we’re not sinful all day long. But coming face to face with the thrice holy God clears things up in a hurry. Suddenly, there is no place left to hide, no way to disguise our sin, no device or scheme left to excuse us.

Revelation 1:5b-8 | God's Calling, Our Response | 006

Revelation 1:4a | What’s Up with Asia? | 004

BY BRANDON HANSON

What might we say is the significance of John addressing Revelation to the seven churches that are in Asia? It does two things. First, it grounds it in reality. This gives the book credibility as attested to by the naming of actual places and actual churches residing in those places.

Revelation 1:4a | What’s Up with Asia? | 004

Revelation 1:3 | Kept in the Keeping | 003

BY BRANDON HANSON

John ends the prologue of Revelation in verse three with a three-part blessing. The blessing is proclaimed on the one who reads, those who hear, and who keep what is written. What John is writing here must be interpreted within the context of the community of faith.

Revelation 1:3 | Kept in the Keeping | 003

Revelation 1:1-2 | It's All About Jesus | 002

BY BRANDON HANSON

It’s the First Century, the early days of the of the Post-Pentecost Church. Something is in the air. There is change on the wind. You can feel it like electricity, clinging to you, causing the hair on your arm to stand up. It has been 50-60 years since the Spirit fell on the apostles and disciples in that upper room.

Revelation 1:1-2 | It's All About Jesus | 002

Revelation 1:20 | The End of the Beginning | 001

BY BRANDON HANSON

It may seem like a strange place to begin: the end of the beginning. But the pattern of Revelation is one of continually circling back to the beginning, proceeding to the end, and repeating the process again from a different perspective. At the center of it all is the comforting and confident message that Jesus reigns.

Revelation 1:20 | The End of the Beginning | 001

The God of Rejects

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

We should take great care in observing how the psalmist relates to God. Our eyes and hearts should be open to seeing what the psalmist appeals to and how he addresses God. How does the sinner have communion with a holy and upright God?

The God of Rejects

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong

BY CHAD BIRD

The little psychologist within us is often hard at work to pinpoint the origin of life’s problems. During marital strife, we sift through everything from sexual proclivities to spending habits to discover the source of our discontent. When raising a rebellious child, we replay every episode in his upbringing to determine where things may have gone awry.

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong

The Unexpected Narrative of God

BY CHAD BIRD

Dual narratives are unfolding in our lives at every moment. There’s the story we’re writing, and the one penned by the Spirit. A great deal of overlap exists between these two narratives, but there’s plenty of divergence as well. The story we’re writing goes something like this...

The Unexpected Narrative of God

Reformation, Righteousness and Real Good News

BY BRENNAN MANNING

I believe the Reformation actually began the day Martin Luther was praying over the meaning of Paul’s assertion that the gospel reveals the righteousness of God to us—it shows how faith leads to faith. In other words, the righteous shall find life through faith (see Romans 1:17).

Reformation, Righteousness and Real Good News

The Upsetting Reality of The Beatitudes

BY JARED C. WILSON

Many, many people—including many church people—have this asinine idea that Jesus showed up on earth two thousand years ago and loosened everything up. You know, like everything was so boring and traditional and legalistic or whatever, and then God sent Jesus Christ to “Keep Jerusalem Weird” or something...

The Upsetting Reality of The Beatitudes

My Deepest Awareness

BY BRENNAN MANNING

When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games.

My Deepest Awareness

Grace In The Shadows

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

We filter our lives and crop out the sadness so that everybody sees a version of us that has everything together. We don’t tell people we have a problem, we aren’t honest about our struggles, and we do whatever it takes to cover our muddy tracks.

Grace In The Shadows

Calling "Bull" On Theology

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

It’s time to call bull on a theology the dominates Christianity. Brandon Bennett, in a post on Mockingbird, introduced me to a brilliant book by a philosopher Harry Frankfurt that helps us define and describe bull...

Calling "Bull" On Theology