A 3 Minute Intro to the Context of Revelation

This first video is about the gods of the Roman Empire and their influence on the book of Revelation: This second video, is about some important “big ideas” to keep in mind when reading the text of Revelation: [Read more…]

An Unexpected King – A Christmas Eve Reflection on Jesus, Empire, & the Poor

Below I offer a brief Advent devotional for this Christmas Eve. This was published in Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary’s Advent Devotional. —————————————————————————————————————————————————– “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news… Today in the town of David a Savior has been born… Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.10-11 When I proposed to my wife, I wanted [Read More…]

Empire vs. the Neighborhood (Walter Brueggemann)

Another great video from our friends at The Work of the People! Check them out.  This is a great resource for Youth Ministry or church gatherings.  If you are in ministry I highly recommend subscribing to their video club or purchasing the Hi Res videos… Walter Brueggemann on on empire and the liberation of the [Read More…]

When a Poor Baby in a Manger Overthrows an Empire: The First Christmas

*Originally posted on Dec 20, 2010 Many would consider the Roman Empire one of the greatest civilizations in history. In regard to the New Testament, the story of early Christianity finds its setting under the shadow of a meta-narrative[1] that dominated most of the Mediterranean world and even beyond. Caesar Augustus is the earliest figure [Read More…]