A new way to see the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation

From the earliest days of the church Christians have illustrated the scripture. Whether it's biblical scenes in catacomb art outside Rome or fully illuminated manuscripts like the Rabbula and Lindisfarne Gospels, Christians like to visualize holy stories and characters. Now comes The Book of Revelation, a graphic novel adaptation of John's Apocalypse executed at the highest artistic level.Enveloped in the arresting artwork is a gripping, new translation of the book, the labor of Frs. … [Read more...]

If you could Instagram God, what would he look like?

Downtown Nashville features a full-size reproduction of the Parthenon, a temple for the Greek goddess Athena. The name comes from Athena's title Parthenos -- "virgin" -- and if you head indoors you can see all fourteen yards of the old girl, decked out in gold.No one in the ancient pagan world had any trouble imagining what gods and goddesses looked like. A person could just walk into a local temple and see. Or maybe look at the little idols they kept tucked in corner at home.Of course, … [Read more...]

Angels, demons, and C.S. Lewis

I'm profoundly honored to be featured in this week's Breakpoint with John Stonestreet. Cornelius Plantinga leads off with a discussion of the understanding of Satan in our post-Englightment culture. I follow with a similar discussion of angels, keying off my book Lifted by Angels. Listen to the interviews here.If you're interested in more, you can listen to part of chapter 1 of Lifted by Angels here:Belief in the angelic realm -- including the demonic -- might seem farfetched to … [Read more...]

You’re reading the wrong Book of Esther

The Book of Esther occupies a controversial place in the Bible.John Calvin did not include the book in his biblical commentaries and only referenced it once in the Institutes (see 4.12.17). Though he included it in his Bible, Martin Luther was highly ambivalent about it. "I am so great an enemy to . . . Esther, that I wish [it] had not come to us at all, for [it has] too many heathen unnaturalities," he said in Table Talk 24. And in one exchange with Erasmus he said it "deserves. . . to be … [Read more...]

What a coffin maker can teach us

Marcus Daly makes coffins, beautiful, simple, sacred coffins. He found his calling amid tragedy. The first one he ever made was for his own child.Daly says each handcrafted, wood coffin takes him about twenty-five hours to complete. "Mostly what I do is sand," he says. "I feel like I sand and I sand and I sand. I never feel like it's finished. But then I guess that's kind of a fit[ting] thing because that's probably how we feel at the end of our lives too."You can watch him work in this … [Read more...]

Felicity’s rules for living

Several months ago as we were preparing to move into our new house, I discovered in my daughter's room her rules for living. The exact details on their composition are a mystery, but they seem to have been part of some sort of educational program for her little brothers. They're not bad. I daresay that, if widely implemented, they would make the world a more enjoyable place.Here are Felicity's Rules:RulesRule #1 No fighting Rule #2 Be creative Rule #3 Be funny Rule #4 Have … [Read more...]

The secret behind the Bible’s most highlighted verse

The current issue of The American Prospect features a short piece on ebooks and social reading. It mentions in passing that the Bible is the Kindle's most highlighted book and that the most highlighted verse of all is Philippians 4.6:Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.It's no scientific survey, admittedly, but it seems telling that the most underlined passage in the most underlined book … [Read more...]


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