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Jun 2017 8 Jun 8, 2017
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How is it that a woman called “Jezebel” came to exert such incredible power over the lives of Christians in Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29)? What accounts for the authority she possessed to convince the followers of Jesus to abandon their commitment to ethical purity and engage in sexual immorality and other forms of compromise with the surrounding culture? Continue reading... How is it that a woman called “Jezebel” came to exert such incredible power ov...Read More

Jun 2017 7 Jun 7, 2017

This is now the third announcement of the topics and content of what you will hear in the plenary sessions at the Convergence Conference, October 5-7, 2017, here in Oklahoma City. I’ve already shared what I plan on addressing, as well as the subjects on which Andrew Wilson will speak. In this brief post I will mention the sessions to be taught by Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, and Jack Deere. Continue reading... This is now the third announcement of the topics and c...Read More

Jun 2017 5 Jun 5, 2017
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With the English Reformation we come to the fourth major tradition to emerge from the events of Oct. 31st, 1517 (Lutheran, Reformed [Calvinistic], and Anabaptist being the other three). The reformation in England differed from that on the continent in three ways: 1) The English reformation was dominated by political events. 2) There was no one figure who stood out in the way Luther, Calvin, or Zwingli did in Europe. 3) The struggle in England focused less on theological ...Read More

Jun 2017 1 Jun 1, 2017
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Three times in James 5:7-9 the author of this letter calls for Christians to be “patient” in light of the impending return of Jesus Christ. Continue reading . . . ...Read More

Jun 2017 1 Jun 1, 2017
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The letter that Jesus sent through John to the church in Pergamum contains two glorious promises for the “the one who conquers” (Rev. 2:17). We looked in a previous article at the promise that Jesus would give him/her “some of the hidden manna.” Today we look at the second promise: “And I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it” (2:17). Continue reading... The ...Read More

May 2017 31 May 31, 2017
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In Revelation 2:17 Jesus speaks a word of promise to the Christians in Pergamum. “To the one who conquers,” says Jesus, “I will give some of the hidden manna.” What does this mean? Continue reading... In Revelation 2:17 Jesus speaks a word of promise to the Christians in Pergamum. “To the one who conquers,” says Jesus, “I will give some of the hidden manna.” What does this mean? Hebrew tradition records that a pot of mann...Read More

May 2017 29 May 29, 2017
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So, as we continue our study of the Protestant Reformation, we now turn to the Anabaptists and what they believed. Continue reading... So, as we continue our study of the Protestant Reformation, we now turn to the Anabaptists and what they believed. Among those involved in the reformation in Zurich were some who believed efforts at purifying the church were moving too slowly. They called for a more radical break with Rome and with society as a whole. They insisted that...Read More

May 2017 26 May 26, 2017
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I’m excited to announce that Francis Chan will be coming to the Convergence Conference in October, here in OKC. He will be one of our plenary speakers, together with Matt Chandler, Andrew Wilson, Jack Deere, and myself. Continue reading... I’m excited to announce that Francis Chan will be coming to the Convergence Conference in October, here in OKC. He will be one of our plenary speakers, together with Matt Chandler, Andrew Wilson, Jack Deere, and myself. M...Read More

May 2017 25 May 25, 2017
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So, I want to talk a moment about hell. That’s right, hell. Let’s pause for a moment and give thanks that those who know and love Jesus “will not be hurt by the second death” (Rev. 2:11). This promise is found in our Lord’s letter to the church in Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11) and calls for our careful examination. Continue reading... So, I want to talk a moment about hell. That’s right, hell. Let’s pause for a moment and give thanks tha...Read More

May 2017 24 May 24, 2017

In his letter to the Christians in first-century Smyrna Jesus described the nature and extent of their suffering. It entailed at least four dimensions. First, they were in the throes of “tribulation” and “poverty” (Rev. 2:9). These are so inextricably linked in the experience of the Christians in Smyrna that I list them as one. Second, they were being slandered (2:9). Third, some of them were about to be imprisoned for their faith (2:10a). Fourth,...Read More