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Sent to a People Beyond Ourselves

“In his book If I Should Die Before I Live, Joe LoMusio writes, “If I were to ask you to describe Easter without using any words, you could only use punctuation marks, which punctuation mark would you choose to describe this Easter for yourself?” He goes on to say how some might view Easter as […]

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Filled with a Power Beyond Ourselves

“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it or conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.” Vance Havner made that statement and he was right. The early church had none of the things that we think are so essential for success […]

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The Last Words of the Covenant

In his last words, in the last book of the Bible, Jesus promises to return soon: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon’” (Rev. 22:20). Jesus is not distant and inattentive but will soon return to bring both judgment and salvation. As Phillips says, ‘His primary emphasis here is to […]

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A Whole New World

The Last Battle is the last book in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. The final chapter, titled ‘Farewell to Shadow Land’, includes these words: The things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and […]

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Jesus Shall Reign

In the last of his seven Narnia books, C. S. Lewis concluded his fantasy series with themes drawn from the final chapters of Revelation. Lewis’ The Last Battle describes the conquest of Narnia by the tyrannical Calormene army, whose leader the Tarkaan represents Revelation’s villainous beast. This despot could never have taken over Narnia, however, […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

N. T. Wright laments the new world of postmodern Britain, where weddings are still highly popular, but also highly expensive. So much so, in fact, as he notes, that it is now the norm rather than the exception for couples to live together for some years, intending to get married, but finding that in order […]

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Seven Bowls Emptied

Anglican scholar N. T. Wright tells of an encounter with a former tutor while Wright was working on his doctoral dissertation. Both were out cycling on a day off, and the tutor asked Wright how his research on the doctrine of justification was going. ‘Actually,’ he confessed, ‘I’m having a hard time with wrath.’ ‘Aren’t […]

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The Final Harvest

In his commentary on Revelation, Richard Phillips begins his discussion on the end of chapter 14 with a discussion of the expression of ‘the grapes of wrath’. He notes: “‘The grapes of wrath’ has a long history in American propaganda. Its most prominent use is in ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ penned in November […]

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The Victory of the Everlasting Gospel

evelation 14:1-15:4 (focal 14:1) In the unfolding sequence of visions that John sees, a message of hope is building up. In the first few chapters, John has been shown the condition of the churches in Asia Minor at the close of the first century. Then, in a series of ‘wonderful’ pictures, the triumph of Jesus […]

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