The Literary Form of Revelation

Revelation is a very, very, very, very, very dense piece of literature—and that’s an understatement. It is a theological and literary masterpiece and is written primarily in three genres. That being said, if you’re not reading it in its literary style or if you miss a transition from one genre to another, you will struggle…

Condensed Spiritual Geography

SHEOL/HADES: In the Old Testament, it was understood that when anyone died they went to Sheol. It was not a pleasant place since it was also the home of evil spirits, but it wasn’t Hell. Many think the idea of Sheol went away in the New Testament, but it didn’t. Rather, as the Hebrews found…

Lord of the Rings

Tylar and I kick off our new 1208-Bit Podcast with a conversation on “The Lord of the Rings.” We talk a bit about Tolkien’s life and his relationship with Lewis and others; faith elements in the Lord of the Rings; the faith journey of many of its readers; its impact on current culture; and much,…

The Non-Violence of Revelation

If you’re like me then you didn’t open up Revelation much growing up because you didn’t know what to make of all the violence. Jesus showed us His loving character by dying on behalf of others and exercising extreme forgiveness, but at first glance He appears quite the opposite in Revelation. What do we do…

Armageddon & Har Mo’ed

If I wanted to teach you the Hebrew word for God, I wouldn’t spell it as, “אֱלֹהִים”—rather, I would spell it as, “Elohim.” This is how transliteration works: I take the closest English letters I can find to help you pronounce the Hebrew word, recognizing that Hebrew letters are likely foreign to you. John uses…