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Published:
March 23, 2019

When I ask whether our interest in history compromises theology, I have two pitfalls in mind. With respect to the evil depicted in Revelation, there is a tendency to make an alleged instrument of evil, notably the papacy, eclipse the Dragon, the instigator of evil. With respect to the good described in Revelation, there is a corresponding tendency to allow the witness of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to encroach on God — as God is revealed in the testimony of Jesus. If these impressions are correct, we are short-selling the message of this book, and we could be in deep, deep trouble.

Published:
March 21, 2019

Sabbath School commentary for discussion on Sabbath, March 23, 2019.

Published:
March 20, 2019

John has blurred things in order to make them clearer. What is clearer, is the Destroyer from the abyss and his ascent (9:1; 11:7; 17:8, 11), the one who was and is not and is to be present again, in his own subversive, perverse, and revelatory parousia.

Published:
March 15, 2019

Do you say, as most interpreters do, that this monstrosity shows God at work? I say, against most interpreters, that it shows a demonic reality at work. And yes, I say that it is obvious!

Published:
March 13, 2019

How widespread today is anxiety about the so-called end-time events? Or have people just pushed them aside to replace them with more pressing concerns? A closer look at the roots of perhaps the most confronting of these predicted end events brings up some pleasant surprises. No wonder Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1).

Published:
March 12, 2019

This week I will attempt two entries on Armageddon, one as “Armageddon Retrospect,” the other as “Armageddon Prospect.” Ideally, I should do the exegetical work first as I have sought to do so far in this series — an “Armageddon Prospect.” This week will be an exception. I hope you will bear with me; there is a point to this submission even though it may seem odd at first.

Published:
March 8, 2019

No belief enables Seventh-day Adventists to stand tall as much as the fact that we do not believe in eternal punishment. I wish nothing more needed to be said, but it does not end there. Sadly, it is only the eternal part that has been erased from the Adventist version of punishment.

Published:
March 7, 2019

Sabbath School commentary for discussion on Sabbath, March 9, 2019.

Published:
March 5, 2019

There is a melody in this book, a theme, even a refrain. God has been explained in the world through the witness of Jesus.

Published:
February 28, 2019

To know conclusively who is good and who is bad in the world freezes our perceptions of others. It has frozen perceptions vis-à-vis our faith community, the Roman Catholic Church, and “fallen Protestantism.” Sclerotic caricatures of the “other” can lead to conceit on our part. Revelation targets them, and we are the ones who have been chosen to take it to them.

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