In this episode, Ray Patton and David Ayres work their way through Revelation 9 - 11. Along the way they discuss all the incredibly strange imagery found in these chapters and Ray shares a creative but stomach-turning way to teach this section of Revelation to children. At the end of the episode, David reads an extended quote by Christian writer, David Dark. Here is that quote in full:"I suspect we become what we sit still for, what we play along with and what we abide in our attempts to access more perceived power and more alleged influence. We become what we normalize... A world of alleged security is gained but only through the frittering away of soul, that within each of us that is still capable of being moved, that which reminds us that we are human beings among human beings and that which, because we’re all kin, is ready to risk something for someone else’s good. If we don’t nurture that part of ourselves, it leaves us.I am of the mind that true education is the consistent overcoming of deferential fear. Such fear is ubiquitous and chronically underestimated. At war with our best, freest selves, deferential fear saps us of any trust we might have in our own intuition, our truest perceptions and our truest judgments even as it pressures us to avoid sticking out. How can deferential fear be overcome?How do I honor and heed the prophet within me when my fear compels me to keep it all hid?" This podcast is a ministry of the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers, AR. For more ways to connect with Southside, visit our website at scocrogers.com.