How can ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover help us understand the Lord’s Supper? Brant Pitre’s book shows us. Here’s my review.
The Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disruption (Revelation 6:12-17)
The sixth seal (Rev 6:12-17) brings us all the way up to the onslaught of God’s final judgment. But there’s a lot more to the story.
The Earliest Church Handbook: The Didache
In this new video post, I’m giving a quick introduction to what is likely the oldest church handbook in history, The Didache (aka the “Teaching” or “Instruction”). This short, ancient text gives us a fascinating window into the everyday practices… Read More ›
Getting to Know the Earliest Church Fathers
The history of Christianity is long and complex, but as I’ve written previously, there are a ton of reasons why it’s worth getting to know a little more about. Learning how the earliest Christians understood and lived out their faith… Read More ›
Martyrdom and the Justice of God (Rev 6:9-11)
So far in the book of Revelation, chapter 6 has been the first place where John’s visions have really started to turn foreboding. Last time we looked at the first four seal judgments (the infamous “four horsemen of the apocalypse”)…. Read More ›
Why You Should Study Church History (And Where to Start)
You know the old cliché: “Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.” And yet, sadly, when the subject of church history is brought up among many churchgoers these days, there’s not a lot of knowledge evident…. Read More ›
Best Books to Begin Studying Theology
Last week I had a friend of mine ask me for a list of books I would recommend for someone wanting to start seriously studying theology. Naturally I was pleased to answer, and I also thought it would be good… Read More ›
Those Lukewarm Laodiceans! (Rev 3:14-22)
The church at Laodicea is the only church in Rev 2-3 that gets absolutely no praise from Jesus. He had nothing good to say about them. Why is that? And why does Jesus tell them he’d rather they be “cold” than lukewarm?
Book Review: The Openness of God
Open theism is a topic that tends to rustle a lot of feathers, especially in some conservative/fundamentalist camps where the view often gets immediately labeled as unorthodox or even blasphemous. When I was in seminary, it was always quickly dismissed… Read More ›
Revelation 3:10 and the Timing of the Rapture
What is Jesus promising when he says he’ll keep the faithful Philadelphian Christians from the “hour of testing” (3:10)? Is this talking about a pre-tribulation rapture?