Revelation’s Babylon

When we read Revelation we naturally think that John was talking about the oppressive Babylonian Empire when he references Babylon—but John’s audience knew he was talking about the oppressive Rome. They knew this because, for one, the Babylonian Empire had crumbled some 500 years earlier and, for two, John described the Lady Babylon with characteristics…

Lady Babylon

Start watching 24:47 for the docu-message version of what’s written below. If I asked you to think of a symbolic woman that represented the United States, many of you would likely think of the Statue of Liberty—a symbol of freedom and democracy—the kind of ideals that our country has hoped to stand for.  There she…

The Suffering at Christmas

We often get so caught up in the joy of Christmas that it’s easy to miss all the suffering. Jesus becomes a refugee and abortions are forced upon families across Bethlehem. When we pay attention we find that the almighty God of the universe isn’t just with us in Jesus, but He suffers with us…

Progressive Paul (Opening)

Many of Paul’s words often get used to demean women and other minorities, but Paul’s instructions were actually quite progressive for his time—not regressive. It’s important we take the whole Bible into account as well as the culture Paul was in to understand just how extraordinary his message was. The conversation on women and the…