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Trinity Lutheran focuses on Revelation and popular culture

April 21, 2013 · Updated 3:15 PM

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Dr. Craig Koester, the foremost Lutheran scholar on the Book of Revelation and a professor at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul, Minn., is this year’s guest lecturer for Trinity Lutheran Church’s Lecture Series being held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21 and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the main church sanctuary off Highway 525 in Freeland.

Revelation is a Biblical book often associated with the antichrist, Armageddon and the end of the world. Such scenes are featured in popular media, and often fuel a sense of fear and confusion, states a news release from the church.

“Dr. Koester provides a careful look at how these theories came about and offers a more promising, less fearful view of what Revelation describes and how it reveals God’s character,” said Pastor Jim Lindus.

In Monday evening’s lecture Koester will explore how Revelation uses contrasting symbols such as images of a Lamb and a Beast, and Babylon and the New Jerusalem to shape ways of seeing the world. He explores how Revelation offers a significant critique of the world as it is, along with a vision of the power of God that calls people to renewed hope for the future.

Koester is the author of “Revelation and the End of All Things,” and is completing a major commentary on Revelation for Yale University Press. Other works include a landmark commentary on the Book of Hebrews and a translation of Revelation for the Common English Bible.

A featured “Great Courses” professor, Koester has three DVD courses offered on the popular website which tapes the best professorial lectures in the country at leading universities and offers them for sale to the public.

This free lecture series is for anyone who wants to know more about the biblical Book of Revelation and why it matters to people today.

Koester will also be preaching at all three worship services at Trinity on Sunday, April 21 at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.


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