Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
January 24th, 2014 by Joel Watts

Another book on Revelation to check out (from @edcyzewski)

It is available for ordering now, I believe. Ed’s book is focused on the message of Revelation, which is (we both agree) one of hope.

Readers of the Bible rarely, if ever, turn to the book of Revelation for comfort or assurance in hard times. In fact, many popular interpretations of Revelation today focus on predicting a terrifying future that leaves many unsettled and disconnected from John’s original message to the seven churches, many of whom were suffering persecution under the Roman Empire.

Revelation encouraged its original readers to persevere as they waited for God to eradicate evil, restore justice, and redeem the world. Revelation speaks to the past, present, and future church with the assurance of Christ’s victory over evil and the promise that faithfulness will be richly rewarded. This often perplexing book of the Bible reveals good news about the rule of Christ and the future of God’s people.

Rather than saying, ”Watch out! The Anti-Christ is coming,” Revelation tells its readers, ”Hold on, Jesus is Lord!”

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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