"Faith Beyond Empire: Lessons from the Apostle Paul," Public Lecture: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
Christianity took form in the Roman Empire and as a consequence its foundational texts bear the imprint of its imperial location. This lecture takes up Paul to consider the ways in which Paul responded to his imperial location and how his letters used images and language to live faith at once within and beyond Empire. His letters form an indispensable backdrop to consider our own responses to our own international order and how faith invites courageously to live amidst the challenges of our day.
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The Devil We Know, Vision TV
Satan, the enemy of God and humanity is as old as religion itself. But the Devil We Know isn’t even a thousand years old. Who is the Devil? Where does he come from? Where does his image come from? From the Sistine Chapel to South Park, from Robert Johnson to Guitar Hero, from Paginini to the Exorcist to the Satanic Panic of the 80’s – The Devil We Know sheds new light on the Prince of Darkness through his manifestations in the arts and popular culture. For more information on The Devil We Know, click here.
The Rapture: Judgement Day, CBC Radio
Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster in Oakland, has launched a billboard campaign to warn the world that The Rapture -- the beginning of the biblical story of the end of the world -- is less than three weeks away ... May 21st to be precise. We find why his organization believes the date is coming and why his campaign is generating such a fierce backlash. Harold Camping isn't the only one who has predicted the end of the world. For some context, we were joined by Harry Maier, a Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology. For more information and to listen to this interview, click here.
Message to the Seven Churches, Vision.org
Mention John’s book of Revelation, and the images that commonly come to mind are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Earth’s last great crisis, culminating in what is popularly thought of as the Battle of Armageddon.
But there are other, often overlooked messages in John’s writings. What were the early followers of Jesus supposed to understand, for example, from the series of letters that open the book? Could they have any meaning for today?
Go on location to the picturesque Greek island of Patmos. Visit Western Turkey and see the ancient cities of the seven churches addressed in Revelation. Along the way, your host, Dr. David Hulme, will explore these letters in their original time and place.
The book of Revelation paints a detailed picture of a time of unparalleled destruction and catastrophe coming upon the earth. Its terrifying images have haunted every generation in Western society for almost two thousand years. But Revelation also contains a powerful message of hope. These letters to the seven churches lay out the way to peace of mind in an uncertain and fearful age as well as the source of strength and encouragement to overcome the greatest of all challenges.
To learn more about the Message to the Seven Churches, click here.