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The Last Visit

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of our minds.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

Living In The Present, Imagining The Future

Scott MacDougall | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

What if we allowed ourselves to imagine the resurrection of Jesus really is what the church claims it to be: the first movement in God's symphony of all-embracing love and reconciliation?

From Apocalyptic Tapestries to Apocalyptic Conferences: Watching and Waiting for the End of the World

Susan J. Napier | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

Eschatology, the study of the end of the world, can seem a little heavy duty but these days it seems to me that discussions of apocalypse can be pretty significant, if not actually sexy.

Apple, LSD And The Kingdom Of God: A Review Of Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs'

Lee C. Camp | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

In addition to his famed tirades was Jobs' "reality distortion field." Jobs would draw a picture of the world that seemed to defy all reality. At worst, he simply lied. At best, he cast a vision of what could be and then got others caught up in making that vision a new reality.

Revelation In Context: Letters And Symbols

Greg Carey | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

No one understands all of Revelation's numbers and symbols. Still, almost all interpreters have come to a common assessment of several keys: the Lamb, the Beast, the Great Prostitute, the Other Beast and the New Jerusalem.

What's Real About The Rapture?

John R. Coats | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
John R. Coats

Around 1830 John Nelson Darby, having selected scripture passages from Daniel, Revelation, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and elsewhere, pasted them together, called them a whole, and invented the Rapture, a word not found in the Bible.

The End Is Not Nigh: Take a Deep Breath and Move On

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

Predictions of the Apocalypse or its personal equivalent of a direct path to heaven have been a common theme throughout human history. We seem determined to keep ourselves in a constant state of preparation for the end of time.

Needed: Christians Thinking Differently About the Future

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

We could see in the coming years the emergence of a new kind of eschatology -- fresh, different, wiser biblically, more mature theologically, and more responsible ethically.