Posts tagged “Revelation of St. John

Is eternal life banal?

Posted on September 5th, 2012

Matthew Levering in Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian takes issue with N.T. Wright; Levering finds Platonism embedded in the New Testament, seeing that as a good thing. I cannot agree with this statement: If we emphasize the renewed material creation and a new set of cosmic adventures, we risk turning eternal life into something quite banal. My own view is that in the new heavens and the new earth which is promised in Revelation, there is a “renewed material creation,” albeit without sin. It will not be banal, but unendingly beautiful. It’s possible I’m misunderstanding Levering, and further reading will bring greater clarity.

Roe v Wade, or Dragon v Woman? Sermon before the March for Life

Posted on January 23rd, 2012

Revelation 12:7-13 Audio here. “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things…. And in one Lord Jesus Christ … by whom all things were made…. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life.” The issue is not abortion. The issue is not a matter of our culture. The issue is not a matter of our educational system. The issue is not a matter of the support, or apathy, among our clergy. The issue is not our political system. To be sure, all of these are broken. Our culture is a cesspool, saturated with soft pornography, blasphemy, and covetousness. Our educational system devours the minds of the young, producing relativists who…

The Resurrection of the Body

Posted on August 16th, 2011

A parishioner forwarded to me an email from a relative asking questions about heaven, hell, and the resurrection. The particular problem here is a belief that there is no resurrection of the body, but just a spiritual existence after death. I’m going to address this in a midweek Bible study which this particular parishioner attends. Here are some of my notes (excluding the email, which I haven’t obtained permission to share). These are the questions raised by the email (or, assumptions made that need to be addressed): When the body dies, does the soul/spirit go to heaven or hell? The questioner does not find Scriptural reference to “body” in hell (although thinks it may be implied by “fire”). The questioner cannot find Scriptural reference…

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Posted on December 27th, 2009

Readings for St. John’s Day: Rev. 1:1-6; 1 Jn 1:1—2:2; Jn. 21:20-25 Beloved, today is St. John’s Day, the beloved disciple of Jesus and the man inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Fourth Gospel, as well as three epistles in our New Testament and the Book of Revelation. On Christmas Day, we heard the majestic prologue of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Today, on St. John’s Day, the author of those great words testifies to this great truth: “That One who already was in the beginning, who existed from all eternity, and who was made flesh – that is the One whom we have heard, whom we have…

The Name, singular?

Posted on December 26th, 2008

I’ve often wondered what is meant by the Matthean text, “Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The name (to onoma, singular) could be collective, so that the Persons are understood to be united; but what I wonder is if it isn’t “one Name that rules them all,” so to speak. Namely (bad pun), YHWH. In Rev. 14.1, the 144,000 have inscribed upon their foreheads “[the Lamb’s] name and His Father’s name.” (NKJ omits “[the Lamb’s] name,” although both my Nestle-Aland and Byzantine texts have the longer text given above.) Is that two names written on the foreheads (the name of the Lamb and another name, of the Father), or one name that denotes…