One Interpretation of the Parousia: Part One (John 1:1-4,9-14; Ephesians 1:3-10; Colossians 1:15-20) 

(Parousia is the Greek word used in the New Testament which is commonly understood as the Second Coming. Parousia simply means “presence” or “appearing.” It is one of the metaphors used in the Bible and theology to refer to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for creation. Like all metaphors, it… Continue reading

The “So What” of the Last Things: Part Two

For most people the word “evangelism” conjures up images of tent revivals, pleading evangelists, threats of hell, promises of heaven, and “getting saved.” Evangelism is all some churches and Christians want to talk about while in other churches it is one of the most uncomfortable topics imaginable.  One of the… Continue reading

Remembering: Part Two

This country has no hope of maintaining its democracy or any moral decency until it repents of its Original Sin of racism. We were built on genocide of one race and the enslavement of another race. And to this very day, that evil legacy continues to bear bitter fruit. We must remember, and in that remembering, experience the repentance necessary for needed healing and reconciliation.  Continue reading

Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21 “Morning Star”

Even though our time is not the time of John the Seer, we too need a bright morning star.  In times of such confusion and bewilderment, chaos and upheaval, we need to refocus our eyes on Jesus.  In doing so, we will rediscover the primacy of compassion, rededicate ourselves to the search and affirmation of truth, flesh out our love into action, embrace the necessity of forgiveness, and orient our lives through a primary commitment to God’s justice and righteousness.  In a gray world such as ours as well as in the dark, sinister world of John, Christ can serve as the bright morning star as he enlightens our paths and enables us to see what is in and around us. Continue reading

“Starry Night” (Psalm 8; I John 3: 1-3)

When I despair of our world, and to be honest, when I despair of myself, I remember the stars filling a Texas sky on a cold winter night. Any creature out in space looking at our planet would see it not as it is today but as it was however many light-years away that creature may be from the earth. And just as that creature’s estimate of this earth would be woefully inadequate as to the world’s present condition, so any estimate we may have of ourselves or our world apart from God’s vision of what shall be is also terribly lacking. Continue reading

Heaven or Hell? (Part Three)

(This is the third article in the series entitled “Heaven or Hell?” based on the contemporary parable/metaphor found at the beginning of the first article. In the second article in this series, I presented an application of this parable to the hells we create in this life. In this article,… Continue reading