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Sermons On The Second Readings
Series I, Cycle C
Today we begin the first of six Sundays of revelation, that is, The Revelation to John.1 Many shy away from this final book of the Bible, placing it toward the off-the-deep-end category. Others dismiss it as, at best, the allowed metaphorical expression, and, at worst, the outrageous fantasy of one person. That person probably was John, the exiled pastor of several Asian churches. Still others avoid the book because of fear that it will tap into personal horrors or trigger negative fantasies.
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