Is Science Fiction Prophecy? Is Prophecy Science Fiction?

One of the questions I posed in my class on religion and science fiction last fall was about the relationship between prophecy and sci-fi. The key question is whether predicting the future and getting it right is the point of these two genres. On the one hand, if Jesus predicted the end of history and [Read More…]

Donald Trump Fulfills Prophecy

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, I confess that I poked fun at the Left Behind series. References to the past and present in conjunction with the future in Revelation have persuaded me that it is referring in the first instance to the situation of the churches in Asia Minor to which the work [Read More…]

Prophetic Word Conference: Poetry, Theology, and Philosophy in Dialogue

https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/154657163171/the-prophetic-word-poetry-philosophy-and [Read more…]

So That’s What those Prophecies Mean

How will the world end? It will be issued in by the “Trump of God.” The King James Version translators didn’t know that they needed to capitalize “Trump.” How could they? It all makes sense now… [Read more…]

Chronicles as Evidence for Deutero-Isaiah

Today my class on the Bible focused on stories from among the Writings, the third major section of the Hebrew Bible, including Chronicles. I was struck that the ending of Chronicles provides important evidence for the multiple authorship of the Book of Isaiah. In 2 Chronicles 36:22, the author makes much of the fact that the [Read More…]

Rachel Weeping at Christmas

Someone left a comment on an old blog post I shared on Facebook, saying they thought that the massacre of the innocents was created to depict Jesus as having been predicted by Jeremiah. Here’s what I wrote in response: I doubt that Matthew thought that Jeremiah 31:15 was a prediction about Jesus, or was trying [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Hell Bent

“Hell Bent” was a nice season finale for what has been, I would say, the best season of the Peter Capaldi era thus far, with some episodes that will surely remain all-time classics. The way the episode begins is mysterious, and makes sense only at the end. The Doctor is in Nevada, and stops by [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

I apologize for not blogging about “The Witch’s Familiar” sooner – it was airing while I was traveling back from a conference. The title of this episode is no more self-explanatory than the previous one. My hunch is that both are veiled references to Clara Oswald – the Doctor’s apprentice, and yet said by Missy to be “the puppy” [Read More…]

Proof These Are The Last Days?

This came my way via Facebook, and I thought I would share it here. I appreciate the irony that, by speaking falsely about the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible, and consistently being wrong about the future, many of the end-times focused Christians do indeed seem to be fulfilling Biblical predictions about the Last Days… [Read more…]

The Prophets of Our Time

We had an interesting discussion of prophecy in my Sunday school class recently, as we continued working our way through 1 Corinthians. I’ve often heard people suggest that preachers are the closest equivalent today to ancient Israel’s prophets. I’ve often viewed that as a problematic stance, since it seems designed to add to the authority of [Read More…]