Category Archives: Eschatology

Hope Is Not Optimism

In a Rolling Stone interview years ago, American professor and scholar Cornel West made the following statement about optimism and pessimism: The categories of optimism and pessimism don’t exist for me. I’m a blues man. A blues man is a … Continue reading

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Hope Against Hope

It was a Saturday. We were planning to go to Nashville that day to see her. She’d been hospitalized there for several days and we’d planned for me to finish up the school week and then go see her on … Continue reading

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Fall

Today was one of those glorious autumn days: 60 degrees, zero humidity, and a clear blue sky that contrasted the glorious red, orange, and yellow of fall’s changing leaves. As we were driving home after running a few errands, Sunny … Continue reading

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Finish Strong

A few years ago, I wrote about my respect and appreciation for my father-in-law, Alan Shates. In that blog post, I recounted the story of our twins who spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after being born … Continue reading

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2 Timothy 4

Reading for Thursday, Dec 27: 2 Timothy 4 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have … Continue reading

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2 Thessalonians 2

Reading for Thursday, Dec 20: 2 Thess. 2 Biblical interpreters have long struggled to identify the “man of lawlessness” Paul describes in this chapter. And many will seek contemporary application of this prophetic passage. If you’re interested in all the … Continue reading

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1 Thessalonians 5

Reading for Tuesday, Dec. 18: 1 Thess. 5 So, I’m sure you’re aware of this: the world is supposed to end this week. Just think of all that time you wasted wrapping Christmas presents this year! We’re approaching Dec. 21, … Continue reading

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1 Thessalonians 4

Reading for Monday, Dec. 17: 1 Thess. 4 This chapter can be subdivided into two major sections: v1-12 dealing with living a God-honoring life in the flesh; and v13-18 addressing the hope of life eternal with Christ. “For this is … Continue reading

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Revelation 22

Reading for Tuesday, Dec 11: Revelation 22 We’ve come to the final chapter of Revelation — and, the final chapter of the canon in the Scriptures. The image is a fitting one: “No longer will there be anything accursed,” (v3). … Continue reading

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Revelation 21

Reading for Monday, Dec 10: Revelation 21 We reach the glorious conclusion of John’s series of visions in chapters 21&22. John sees a new heaven and a new earth — cosmic renewal on display. Notice the emphasis on “new heaven … Continue reading

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