Church 27 Jul 2005 08:50 am

Revelation: impenetrable or encouraging?

For many people, Christian or not, the last book of the Bible — Revelation — contains so much strange content that it appears to be totally incomprehensible. But if you’re prepared to think about about the context of Revelation and the type of literature (apocalyptic) that it is, then everything starts to fall into place.

In fact, you soon start to see that Revelation is a great encouragement to the churches: both to the churches that originally received the letter, and to the churches of today.

You can listen to a series of messages about Revelation, delivered at Toongabbie Anglican Church, which are posted on the Westserve site: talk1, talk 2, talk 3, talk 4, talk 5, talk 6.

These make great iPod (or similar — I use a Rio Karma) content for commuters or lunchtime listeners.

5 Responses to “Revelation: impenetrable or encouraging?”

  1. on 27 Jul 2005 at 15:52 (Sydney) 1.Zog said …

    How difficult do you think it would be to get online sermons up on the MAC site?

    Was the Westserve/ Simon Job site the inspiration for ‘Flying Nerd’?

  2. on 27 Jul 2005 at 16:16 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …

    Greetings, Zog.

    I’m not sure how hard or easy it would be to put sermons on the MAC site. In general terms, these things are no longer difficult — especially when using a CMS-based site like the Flying Nerd. (CMS = Content Management System. In a CMS, the contents of the pages are separate from the design of the pages. This makes it easy to add content, because you don’t have to (re)design the page in order so to do.)

    My (limited) experience with the MAC site suggests that it IS based on a CMS, so it SHOULD be possible to post sermons on it without too much trouble.

    The best way to do this would be to have the site designers set up a new category for sermons, so that someone could post quickly and easily into an obvious place. Probably a fairly trivial exercise.

    The other (twin) considerations are *storage* (how much space is required on the site to store the sermons) and *bandwidth* (how many bytes are consumed downloading the sermons).

    Most Australian hosting services charge like wounded bulls for both.

    The Flying Nerd (and Simon’s site, and Westserve) are all hosted in the USA by DreamHost (see my Information Page). These guys provide very low cost storage and bandwidth. Rough estimate: their low cost plan would probably have space to store 250+ sermons on the site, and would allow for many thousands of sermon downloads per month. I have no idea what our current hosting arrangements allow.

    As to the inspiration for the Flying Nerd, I identify several goals:

    1) to have a bit of fun in the virtual shed (inspired somewhat by Neil and Simon and others)
    2) to learn some new skills, with possible ministry and employment applications
    3) to move the family web-site to a simpler system (to allow easier posting).

    The latter goal has not yet been met, but I have set up a ‘family’ Information Page (password protected), and I’ll move the old content there soon.

    Your sincerely,

    The Flying Nerd.

  3. on 27 Jul 2005 at 17:43 (Sydney) 3.NeilA said …

    Stuff like Bible talks do make excellent iPod/MP3 player fodder – and don’t forget the talk on Westserve are podcast, so you can have them synced to your MP3 player automatically when they are posted… 😉

  4. on 02 Aug 2005 at 16:08 (Sydney) 4.Zog said …

    If you haven’t already, you should check out Graeme Goldsworthy’s ‘Gospel in Revelation’ – really helps to sort out whats going on, by puting the cross at the centre and using it as the interpretative key to all the far out stuff.

    Happy reading!

  5. on 03 Aug 2005 at 13:28 (Sydney) 5.NeilA said …

    Graeme’s material is fine stuff, and was the source for a reasonable amount of the background material for this series…