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You Can Preach Apocalyptic Literature with a Sure Hand (pt. 3)

Books like Daniel and Revelation, which you may now fear to teach, can become your favorite places to proclaim good news. Here are some key principles for tackling this difficult and powerful genre.

This article is part three of a three-part series. Inpart one, Arthurs defined the genre of apocalyptic literature and illuminated its purpose. In part two, he identified three literary/rhetorical features of apocalypse. Below, Arthurs provides five concrete methods that will enable preachers to maximize the exposition of apocalypse within their sermons.

Of all the genres contained within the Scriptures, apocalypse may be the least amenable to preaching. But surely we can find some ways to reproduce its vision-expanding and faith-heartening rhetorical effects. Here are five examples.

Surface tension

Apocalypse is a literature of extremes, and this produces tension. Don't shy away from it. For the faithful who are oppressed, surfacing tension is easy. They already feel it. The tension between what is and what should be and what will be is a daily experience. For the lukewarm, unaware of or hardened to their sin, surfacing tension is more difficult. Still, it can be done.

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