Why We Should Read Theologians with Whom We Disagree

Reading theologians with similar views is like cozying up next to a fireplace on a winter day in a favorite chair. It feels comfortable. Safe. Those like-minded wise ones become leaders of the tribe with which we belong, the theological clique we ascribe to, find affirmation in, and sometimes form pieces of our identity.      

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Revelation: Why We Must Fight the Lie That God Doesn’t Care

By Aubry Smith

Through windows, televisions, and internet portals, my view of the world looks bleak. Conflicts erupt across the globe; protests escalate into riots. The global refugee crisis continues to expand, and injustices in refugee camps call out to us. Shooters invade schools, synagogues, mosques, churches. In my own life, the past few years have seen my mother’s descent into dementia, then her sudden death by cancer, and the suicide of my younger brother. It often feels as if the darkness is overcoming the light. 

Revelation uncovers the ‘true state of things’

The book of Revelation was written during dark times, and it can be a tough book to read. It is full of difficult symbolism, controversial timelines, and startling images of catastrophe. The book’s name in Greek, Apocalypsis (from which we get our word “apocalypse”), conveys a sense of uncovering something that is hidden. What is hidden from us, and what does Revelation reveal?

The early Church was in the midst of hardship and persecution and facing the darkest evil in the world when Revelation was written. Here in the Bible’s final pages, God, in his mercy, uncovers the true state of things for his people. The slaughtered Lamb is truly the victorious Lion of Judah, whose death paradoxically conquered the enemy (Rev 5:5–6). While it looks like the enemy is slaughtering those who will not worship the image of the beast and receive his mark, God is raising up an army with the Father’s name written on their foreheads (13:16–14:1). 

Finally, Revelation ends with the death of death itself, with Jesus judging all injustice and setting things right, and with God dwelling with his people once again (19:11–16; 21:1–26).

Revelation is the ultimate promise that no matter how things appear, the darkness has not and will never overcome the light. 

At the center of it all is the “One who sits on his throne”—the picture of God’s sovereignty, stability, and steadiness. Revelation is the ultimate promise that no matter how things appear, the darkness has not and will never overcome the light. 

Revelation reveals God’s justice

As the people of God wait for Jesus’ coming and endure tragedy, trauma, and trial, they are told repeatedly to have patient endurance and to be faithful witnesses of Jesus. The true testimony of the people of God stands in contrast to the lies of the enemy of God. Revelation 12:11 tells us that believers triumphed over the Accuser “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Jesus’ work on the cross is the basis of our hope, which we cling to in faith, and we must speak the truth not only in our own hearts but to the world as a testimony. 

The world needs our spoken testimony more than ever. Amid the complexity and hopelessness of systematic injustice, we proclaim the truth that God’s justice will one day prevail. Amid the cynical lie that the world is devolving into oblivion, we groan and pray as we await new creation. In the throes of suffering, we must fight the lie that God doesn’t care with the truth that he is present, near, and full of love. 

Revelation calls us to lift our eyes to the way things truly are in God’s cosmos: he is the One who sits on the throne. Every knee will bow before him, every tear will one day be wiped away, and the darkness will never overcome the light. 

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Bible Study Magazine.

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A Biblical Perspective on Racial Diversity from John Stott

In the late 1970s, British nationalism and racial discrimination were in full swing, and British Christians began to voice their increasing concern.

One way that evangelical leader, John Stott, did this was through his monthly column “Cornerstone” in Christianity Today, written between 1977 and 1981. Those articles covered “a wide spectrum of theological, ethical, cultural, and global issues.”1
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More Than a Love Poem—What the Song of Solomon Reveals about God’s Design for Marriage

By Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Marriage comes as one of the gifts from our Creator’s hands to us mortals—we who are made in his image. The idea of one man and one woman being joined together in matrimony and in a covenant with each other, as well as simultaneously in covenant with God (Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14), is central to this teaching. It is one of the great foundational teachings of Scripture.  [Read more…]

Who Does the Lord Deliver? One Abolitionist Offers a Biblical Response.

By Todd R. Hains

Things are not the way they’re supposed to be. We live in a world filled with suffering and injustice, where the wicked often prosper and the righteous often languish. Scripture assumes this basic truth. Yet it doesn’t provide a clear and simple reason why this is so. Instead, the Bible gives us rhythms and words of protest, prayer, and praise.  [Read more…]

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