June 27, 2023

Introduction Throughout my life as a Christian, I have seen multiple predictions of the end times. One or more people have given dates based on all manner of calculations and numerology. Aside from this, I have been asked at various times when critical world events occur like the pandemic, invasions of one country into another, extreme weather, or geological events whether these are all signs of the end of times. Oft quoted Matthew 24:6 (Mark 13:7), “And you will hear... Read more

September 6, 2022

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13, ESV John remains one of my favorite biblical authors. Sure, Paul can make you really think through his logic, pondering the depths of the Old Testament and New working to understanding of letters like Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians. Peter wrote some great letters on suffering and throws in with the... Read more

July 19, 2022

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.   – Gen 1:26-27  ... Read more

July 16, 2022

  I got a question from a reader asking, “can Christians can marry non-Christians?” You might shrug and say, “well why not?”  Clearly, the person asking the question saw that it was not that simple. Now, you are saying, “Well, why is it not so simple?” This is great, you are feeding right into my article. Of course, I am controlling the narrative here, so it is a bit scripted on my part. Nonetheless, let’s have a look at our... Read more

July 5, 2022

…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  Gen 2-7 ESV   In the last post on image bearing, I had explained that physical and mental attributes were not indicators of the image of God. Incidentally, the view of physical attributes is often called the Substantive view and is the oldest view. Being the oldest opinion doesn’t always make it... Read more

June 17, 2022

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gn 1:27 ESV) Approaching Image Bearing The creation of humankind stands at the pinnacle of all creation. Stars, moons, water, seas, plants, and animals created in wonderous varieties and yet, humans are the only image bearers of God on earth. We are set apart from the rest of creation, but how is that demonstrated and perhaps more importantly... Read more

April 18, 2022

Introduction In the Old Testament (OT) we see the term ‘sojourner’ used 129 times (Hebrew gwr).  In the New Testament (NT) we see it only twice (in Greek form paroikus); Acts 7:6 during Stephen’s speech recounting Israel’s history and in 1 Peter 2:11, where Peter is addressing his fellow Jews.   However, the concept of sojourner is more prevalent than the term and more importantly interpreted by Jesus in perhaps an unexpected way which we will explore.  But, to understand Jesus’... Read more

March 3, 2022

Embed from Getty Images Probably the most famous exorcism Jesus performed was that of the demoniac Legion from the possessed man in Gergesa who had been living in the graveyard (Mark 5:1-19, Luke 8:26-39, Matt 8:28-9:1).  This is a Hollywood epic horror story. The possessed man breaks free of chains, cannot be subdued by anyone, and runs through the graveyard howling and screaming. Could this be the source of the werewolf legends? Did Stevenson have this as an analogous inspiration... Read more

February 16, 2022

And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son... Read more

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