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November 25, 2015
Reign of Christ / Christ the King
"In his conversation with Pilate, perhaps Jesus could have tried speaking Latin: mutatis mutandis, 'with the neceessary changes having been made.' Yes, I am a king, he might ,ay, with the necessary changes having been made in the meaning of the word king, in the way the world looks at power, and in you."
Matera, Frank J., "The Trial of Jesus: Problems and Proposals,"Interpretation, 1991.
"In one of the great ironies of history, the false charges leveled against Jesus took on an unexpected meaning. For those who believed, the death of Jesus marked the end of the old temple cult. Those who believed in Jesus understood that with his death God raised up a new emple, a temple not made by hands: the community of those who believe in Jesus."
Charles, Gary W., "Diving into Wonderland: Preaching Revelation in the Mainline Pulpit," Journal for Preachers, 2006.
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"To preachers preparing to climb into mainline pulpits in Apocalyptic America, the overwhelming tempatation is to maintain silence on teh Apocalypse. Given the pervasive fears gripping our world and the stark, but hope-filled witness of the prophet from Patmos, I urge preachers to re-engage this thorny book."
"The biblical narrator explicitly calls the poem cited in 2 Sam 23:1-7 'The Last Words of David' even though there are significant events still coming in David's life before his death..."
"This mythological imagery is crucial to the meaning of this vision: the four kingdoms are seen as manifestations of primeval chaos and they are destined to be defeated by God. Thus, in apocalyptic eschatology, history is seen as constant struggle of good and evil, as an arena where the pattern that is predestined at the time of creation unfolds."