Where in Revelation Does the Woman in Chapter 12 Come From?

Following up on the last post, a telling question to ask is, “Where did the Jewish woman in 12:1-6 come from in the wider flow of the Book of Revelation?” The most obvious textual location to find such an answer is 11:1-13, the most recent narrative in the Apocalypse, prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet...

Why Major in Biblical and Theological Studies?

Until the last 30 or 40 years, virtually everyone whom the Lord called to go to school to prepare for the ministry, and who believed that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, took as many Bible and Theology courses as they could cram into the program he or she was in. The logic until then was...

Stones Cry Out

I had a conversation with a student recently about the reality of God in the midst of lockdown. “In springtime,” he said, “it is always easy to look around and see examples of God in creation.” He was not referring to a pantheism in which “god is all and all is god.” Rather, he simply meant that...

Breaking Out of Your Rut

Here is a question you have no doubt been thinking about lately: “Is my church more like a machine, or a brain?” OK, maybe this has not been your front-burner question lately. Maybe you ponder questions like “why has our church stopped growing?” Or maybe you are the more practical type: “I wonder if we have enough...

Chronological Extension of the Kingdom: Pastoral Ministry, Theological Education, and the Mission of the Church

As pastors and Christian ministry leaders, we understand that our purpose and task is tied with the mission of Christ. Yet there is an important aspect of the Church’s mission that is regularly overlooked and even ignored. One of the primary themes that runs throughout the Pastoral Epistles, and is particularly notable in 2...