The Woman, Her Son, and the Dragon

As the title for this post implies, there is a lot packed into the following text. As a result, to cover the ground necessary to connect the textual dots, the post will not focus on either the history of interpretation of this difficult passage, or the variety of interpretive options that do not provide help in pulling...

How Not to Interpret the Bible

Among the hats I wear at The King's University, one is teaching a required undergraduate course called “Biblical Background and Interpretation.” That course is designed teach students how to interpret the Bible and apply it in their lives, which is, without question, a very helpful skill to learn for living the Christian life. Sometimes,...

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...

Passover Points to Jesus

Some of my earliest family memories happened during the Passover Seder meal at my grandparents’ home. The Seder meal marks the beginning of the eight-day holiday. I can remember playing on the floor next to the dinner table while everyone else was still sitting at the table, and my grandmother would say, “Twenty years are like nothing.”...

Worship Leadership: Poetic Lyrics and Reckless Theology

As a child growing up in church, one of my earliest memories is sitting in children’s church on a Sunday morning singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I grew up in the St. Louis area and I vividly remember singing the song and then the children’s worker teaching us that God loves each of us, “no matter...