Kendra Haloviak Valentine @ the One project, San Diego 2017 - Jesus, Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature

22:30 - 23:15: I'm sick of playing games with this radical, final book of the Christian scriptures - scaring people into wondering if they will be saved, of fixating on our personal individual salvation and leaving it at that.
Revelation calls us to be asured of our salvation and to be prophetic. God rescued the universe with a slain lamb. He's able to break the seals and open the book that's packed full of names. Of course you are saved. All of heaven rejoices at this fact from the beginning of the book and all the way through. You are saved.

24:17-25:57: Revelation contains symbols that should remain symbols that we don't minimize their wonder. Because such symbols spark the imagination: a throne with a rainbow around it, a sealed book, a slain lamb, a great multitude, a defeated dragon, a new Jerusalem. Revelation is not a code requiering dechiffering or a puzzle to be pieced together. It is a poem vision that gives us hope - a song to be sung. Poetry resided or sung challenges power but it must remain poetry.
Last november I attended a scolarly conference where a paper was given on The Brick Bible. Have you ever heard of the brick Bible? It's a Bible told in a form of - and I'm not making this up - Legos. The Bible told through Legos. What is done with the Book of Revelation is frightening - taking the poetry of apocalyptic and reducing it to Lego blocks. I fear that this is our temptation when reading Revelation: reducing the poetic words of prophecy to pictures that we can see - into blocks we can manage and manipulate. We have the best of intensions. I know that. We desire to understand. But in our sincerity we actually shrink the vision till it is pathetic and laughable, easy to dismiss. Keep the poetry of Revelation and let it inspire us in this new time and place as it has so many who has gone before us.

Alex Bryan @ the One project, San Diego 2017 - Dragons, Babylons, Beasts and Grace

2:30-5:35: Story: Everybody Talking - Noone listening
5:35-7:00: I would like to turn to the meat of the Book of Revelation - chapters 12, 13 and 14 - where John lays out a series of monsters that oppose God and ruin the lifes of people. Dragon and beast and a second beast and Babylon and images to the beast. But I'd like to look at them not as impersonal monsters, or some political beast of some kind but rather as human beings - as the very children of God - for that is what they are. The dragon Lucifer: a child of God. Those represented by the first and second beast: children of God. Babylon and those who created images to the beast: all the precious offspring of our heavenly Father.
So what's going on inside of these precious children of God. What causes them to act in this way. Perhaps we could do a little psychoanalysis by considering the monsters, perhaps, in the mind and in the heart of John. After all he has lived through some 10 - 12 caesars of imperial Rome.
7:00-11:25: Story: Caesar Augustus
11:25-12:45: Story: The Road Trip
12:45-18:45: You see: Insecurity is exhaustive. Constantly trying to justify yourself and your worth to the person sitting next to you - it will wear you out. Constantly trying to justify your worth, your sense of being, a valuable human being to God in heaven - that will destroy your life. Constantly trying to justify yourself to the person you look at in the mirror in the morning, trying to find rationale for why you should even be alive - that will destroy you. Insecurity is exhaustive. Talk, talk, talk, talk. Trying to convince yourself and everyone who will listen that you matter, that you are OK. Exhaustive.
I told you before the American comedian Brian Regan has a name for people who try to dominate every conversation. He calls the me-monsters. Me-monsters. Behold the me-monsters of revelation. Dragon and beast and second beast and Babylon and those who create images to the beast. Me-monsters. The 19th-century theologican Ellen White says that at the core of the third angel's message, at the very heart of the third angel's message, the grand climacs of this passage - one word - justification. Justification. You see you remember the dragon - Lucifer - trying to justify his worth to the other angels and to God and probably to himself. Those people represented by the first beast - bragging and boastful - trying to prove that they are children of God, they are sons of enlightment, they know better. Second beast and Babylon and images to the beast - justification. Trying to justify your worth, your smarts, your beauty. Trying to justify yourself to everyone all around, including God, including the one you look at in the morning.
And what is the result of all of this? Verse 11: There is no rest day or night for those who worship that beast. No kidding. Legalism is exhaustive. Moralism will wear you out. Constantly trying to prove to other people, to the person sitting next to you, that you matter, that you've done good things with your life - it will destroy you. Trying to get God to admit that He actually likes you - please God, if I've don enough - it will end you. And in the darkness of the night in the conversations that you have with yourself in your head, wondering - Am i OK? It will ruin your life. It's exhaustive.
I don't know about you, but I've got to give my testimony this morning- my confession - the monsters lurk close at hand. Dragons and beasts and Babylon and images to the beast. The monsters are close at hand. There's a little bit of caesar Augustus inside me wondering if I'm smart enough, I've built big enough whatever, I've done enough good works, where di I rank compared to my collegaues, compared to my friends. Where do I stand in the scheme of it all.
The monsters lurk. And when come and pay a visit, it causes you to want to talk as much as you possibly can about your perspectives, about your politics, about how you are enlightened in every conceivable way - trying to convince everybody else and yourself and God that you are OK. And it destroys table conversation, doesn't it. It ruins the dinner fellowship of our lives, from our families all the way up to global community. It ruins us. Justification by works, by the works of our lifes. It's bad business my friends. It will wear you out.
But there is an alternative - to see life as gift, to appreciate this existence that we have been given by God as pure grace. Just two verses we read: Blessed are those who die in Christ. Happy are those who rest in Jesus. It's beautiful. You see, all this talk about Jesus is not just Christological playground material. It's not time to think some new thought about Christ in this way or that, or become rich biblical scholars in a way that will impress somebody else. No, to speak of resting in Jesus, and to speak of His grace goes to the very heart of personal security which lead to rich community. Life is gift. All is grace. And that changes everything.
18:50-23:40: Story: The First Class Airtrip
23:40-24:30: Appeal

[For comparision: Leonard Sweet: The Greatest story never told, p 52: The Messiah was killed and ministries today are still being murdered by monsters of righteousness.]

Sam Leonor @ the One project, San Diego 2017 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ

0:50-4:00: Story: John on Patmos

5:00-6:05: Revelation tells us what is going in the church, what Jesus is doing in the church. Yes, it tells us about the coming events in the world's history. It tells us about the return of Jesus. But it's all about Jesus, and it must be understood that way. And it's hard to keep this focus when there are so many distracting and fascinating things happenings in the Book of Revelation. Beasts and all kinds of un things that distract our attention from it, but we cannot, we cannot, we have to keep it centered on Jesus. We cannot distract from them.
Michael Gorman [metodist] puts it this way: It is the only way to read Revelation sanely with Jesus at it's center. It is the only way all of scripture can be read, and should be read. Without the controlling centered Jesus, the Bible is merely a encyclopedia of religion. Without the center, we end up with problems when we read the Book of Revelation.
8:10-8:25: Eugene Peterson says: We run the risk of using Revelation as a roszak ... more than a religious text, reading more into the ink, than reading out of it.
11:30 Story: His dad


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