The Mystery of Revelation

What Makes Jesus Spit

What would make Jesus say that he’s ready to spit a church out of its mouth? In Revelation 3:14-21, in his message to the church in Laodicea, Jesus tells his people that he’s ready to spit them out because they’ve become lukewarm and lost their passion and purpose to live for him. Jesus says to […]

The Doors of the Kingdom

I’ll admit it – I’m a comic book nerd. I still have boxes full of Marvel comics in my closet from my comic book heyday in the mid-90s. So, the recent surge of MCU films over the past decade has made my nerd heart very happy. One of the coolest concepts within the Marvel universe […]

Time To Wake Up

The smallest blunders can lead to some of the greatest disasters, as history has shown us through the story of the seemingly impregnable city of Sardis, which was caught sleeping due to its complacency about enemy attacks. In Revelation 3, Jesus gives a warning to the seemingly thriving but spiritually complacent church of Sardis, drawing […]

Sex and the Holy City

Cultural trends related to the issue of sex and sexuality have been some of the most prominent features of public debate, entertainment, and personal expression in recent years, even in the church. Not all churches have responded in the same way to these waves of change regarding sexual ethics. Some have been combative, others have […]

The Cost of Compromise

One of the greatest threats to the ancient church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12) was the pressure to conform to the pagan worship practices of the Roman Empire. Today, followers of Jesus continue to face the temptation to give into worldly worship practices that seem “spiritual” but lead God’s people away from him and into idolatry, […]

The Pressure of Persecution

The book of Revelation is mysterious and apocalyptic nature, but its primary purpose is to unveil who Jesus is and provide encouragement to followers of Jesus. The challenges faced by early Christians and their struggles serve as a source of inspiration for believers today. In Revelation 2:8-11, Jesus addresses the church in Smyrna, a Christian […]

The Tension of Intolerance

One of the ironies embedded in how many people think about faith today is that those who insist on tolerance of all beliefs don’t tolerate those who have exclusive beliefs.  The fact is, we’re all exclusive in what we believe, just in different ways – which is why condemning other people for what they believe […]

The Journey into Mystery

There is something irresistible to the allure of unravelling a mystery.    Mysteries entice us into the journey of exploration, whether it be ancient monoliths, the elusive depths of the oceans, or in the far reaches of the cosmos.   Perhaps the mysteries that captivate our imaginations the most beckon us from the realm of the […]