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Rank    The Cure for a Heart Murmur
December 01, 2015 - Witnessing Tools
Thursday at the Wippel house included the obligatory turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, football and Black Friday shopping. Plus we gave thanks. All I am saying is that those pilgrims knew what they were doing. But not with the repast. With the reasons behind it....
Rank    Safe At Home
May 16, 2018 - Testimonials
Early in our  marriage my husband went to a conference in New York with our church’s men’s group and came home absolutely raving about everything he had learned. He gave me the materials to look at but, well, I never got around to it. He was a baby Christian and I was teaching women’s studies! What could his conference stuff –from a guy  I had never heard of --teach me?  Fast forward seven years and we’ve been relocated to Mississippi, I’m unpacking,  and I come across the well-stuffed notebook that I’d chosen to ignore seven years before....
Rank    Dude...What's that Sound?
November 22, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
The Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia, has had its glory days, being one of the radio antennae used to broadcast the live images of the Apollo moon landing in 1969. It’s scientists since then have contributed much to our understanding of space. They have had another stretch of fame lately. But not for a good reason....
Rank    Blinded with Science
September 12, 2018 - Globalism - Ecumenism
If you’ve noticed a few more empty seats on Sunday mornings don’t chalk them up to college football or fall vacations, or your imagination. They are there. And thanks to courtesy of people that track these kinds of things for a living, we have statistics....
Rank    A Sheep of a Different Color
November 23, 2016 - In Defense of the Faith
No Sheep Shows after the Thanksgiving Day parade, so you’ve probably never seen a Piebald Sheep, an unusual animal considered an 'heirloom' breed in the US because commercial breeding has overlooked them.  Meaning they are still pretty much the same sheep, physically and genetically, that they were thousands of years ago....
Rank    One Fat and Sassy Church
December 21, 2016 - Globalism - Ecumenism
Believers see the UN’s Agenda 2030 as a blueprint for one-world government ratified September 25, 2015 as a harbinger of the seven-year period called the Tribulation. Doubters point to the persistence of deep divisions in world views, most significantly with respect to religion. No argument there. But when the church is gone only delusion will remain. ...
Rank    Whatís in a Name?
April 26, 2016 - Witnessing Tools
Ever noticed how often God changed people’s names? Abraham and Sarai (both of whom acquired a “Heh”, when God changed their names, “Heh” being the Hebrew letter that represented the Holy Spirit.).  Jacob, who became Israel, meaning “ Prince of God” . Peter, who went from Petros (pebble) to Petra (boulder). Conclusion: names matter. They carry a spiritual promise. Apparently from Adam on....
Rank    Sinaiís Slippery Senses
January 12, 2016 - In Defense of the Faith
One of the weirdest statements the Bible makes occurs in Exodus 20 at a momentous occasion in the history of the Jewish nation, God’s giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. “And the entire nation saw the voices and the thunder”. Saw voices?  And thunder?  What gives?...
Rank    The Doomsday Donald
November 29, 2017 - Commentary on the News
I’m guessing you’re all familiar with The Doomsday Clock, whose purpose is to wrap all possible threats into a genocide-at-a glance way of estimating of how close humanity is to obliterating themselves in some man-made global catastrophe. The odds are illustrated on the clock in the form “Minutes to midnight”, with midnight meaning, well, all she wrote. For the last 6o years all developing threats as well as all potential threats were annually identified and included as possible routes to annihilation....
Rank    Godís Inefficiency
December 06, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
I’m thinking that we probably all had at least some exposure to those flannel board renditions of creation in Sunday School where you had the round green piece of flannel (the earth) resting on a blue background (the sky)....
Rank    How the Creator God Plays Craps
October 18, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Neils Bohr and Albert Einstein, in the 1920s, held regular debates regarding the nature of our universe, specifically whether our reality was made up of particles (which had one constant role to play) or waves (which could have more than one function). The debates  were wildly popular (think 1935 version of the Super Bowl. Yeah, it was a different era).  Today that issues been settled, and it turns out that only one answer left anyone to care....
Rank    Nothing New Under the Sun
November 01, 2017 - Globalism - Ecumenism
For those of you s who might feel that Google has not yet put its own stamp on enough of American  life, you may soon be able to give the monstrosity in Mountain view, courtesy of a malcontent former employee, another chunk of your week. Specifically, Sunday.  Officially Worshiping an artificially intelligent God....
Rank    UNeducated
January 03, 2018 - Prophecy - Signs
You don’t have to look far afield for irrational (but nonetheless rabid) hatred of God’s chosen people.  Exhibit A: Louis Farrakhan, who says that the Jews control American politics, media, finance and Hollywood. And most black organizations too.  (Jews are also responsible for the slave trade. Go figure.)  History has proven that Farrakahn has plenty of company with respect to his aversion to all things Israel.  And I think we might have just passed a major prophetic milestone that might have gotten lost in the tinsel and toy drums....
Rank    Nothing at All
January 10, 2018 - In Defense of the Faith
I’m thinking that it hasn’t escaped most of you that I kind of groove on apologetics. Guilty as charged. I have probably 300 books on apologetics on a dedicated bookshelf. And probably a couple dozen more scattered around the house and in my car where I’ve forgotten where I left them. But truth be told? Sometimes all you really need is a few simple words. ...
Rank    Promises, Promises
January 31, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
We all know the Bible contains lots of God’s promises to His own. At least 3573 actually.(Someone counted). In fact, the word “promise" itself occurs over 50 times in the Bible. There are some verses, I‘m guessing, that just about all of God’s children have struggled with once or twice, when their resources dwindled. Or suddenly deserted them, making giving to the Lord seem like an act of insanity....
Rank    Wherefore Art Thou, Sargon?
February 07, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
If you’re like me, you hear the name Sargon and you think of an alien guy that appeared in a Star Trek episode in 1970. Sargon? Sounds like an alien name to me....
Rank    Firm Foundation
May 30, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
Genesis is admittedly one of the more challenging portions of Scripture to reconcile with  modern, twenty-first century perceptions of our universe’s origins....
Rank    Wrong Place, Wrong Time
June 06, 2018 - In Defense of the Faith
It was 1851, and the sleepy town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, (now a suburb of Boston) were going about there usual business when something  highly unusual happened. So unusual  in fact that, scientists, theologians, archaeologists and mystery hunters still theorize today. Though the answer stares them all in the face....
Rank    Critical Cutlery
June 27, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
I think that out of all the figures in the Bible, Joshua would have to be the one that wore the most hats.  He was a warrior, a military leader, an administrator (truly a job of Biblical proportions), and one more: erstwhile surgeon. Joshua circumcised all the men before they entered the promised land....
Rank    Tower Power
August 01, 2018 - In Defense of the Faith
The scriptures tell us that, at the beginning, “ the whole earth had one language  and one speech”.  But we know what happened next: they decided to build a tower. Which resulted in God forcibly relocating  the people He had created, throughout the earth, and removing from them the common language.  The cool thing is that we have written records of the consequences....
Rank    Prophets of Clay
February 28, 2018 - Prophecy - Signs
The prophet Isaiah is known primarily as the prophet that predicted the coming of Jesus Christ to save mankind from their sin. (Also noted for being an extremely long prophetic book, at nearly 27 thousand words.) He lived about 700 years before Christ....
Rank    Heart of Darkness
May 24, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
According to Richard Dawkins, science has now erased any need for a creator.  No need, Dawkins says, because physics has now revealed every little bit of information with respect to how the universe came to be.  My response? Back the bus up, Dawkins. Your mouth done wrote a check your behind can’t cash. And your devil is in the details....
Rank    Fighting with Physics
September 20, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
Lost in the hurricane hysteria that has (appropriately) captured our collective attention since the middle of August was another story that ultimately could have much bigger repercussions.  Namely, sonic weaponry, used against American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba. It’s considered the future of warfare, but it may be as old as Methuselah. Or at least close....
Rank    Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
April 07, 2015 - Prophecy - Signs
One wise soul once observed that there’s a fine line between hobbies and mental illness. Particularly collecting.  A blood relative of mine, e.g., proudly displays dozens of glass replicas of vintage cars, filled with aftershave. (I rest my case.)  I collect evidences for pre-trib rapture. Which at least don’t add to the clutter....
Rank    Old as Methuselah
February 01, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
''Adam lived 130 years, and begot a son in his own likeness… and named him Seth. Seth lived 105 years, and begot Enosh. Enosh lived 90 years, and begot Cainan. Canain lived...zzzzzzzzz.'' Jesus said every yod and tittle is important. Ever wonder what all those genealogies are there for?...
Rank    The Birds
March 07, 2018 - Prophecy - Signs
The prime directive of Bible interpretation is to look at what the whole Bible says about a topic. Particularly with regards to prophecy, as all prophecy relates to God’s promises to Israel, and those promises were made, for the most part, not in Revelation but in the Old Testament. Need persuading? One word, birds......
Rank    A Today Without a Yesterday
June 20, 2018 - In Defense of the Faith
The Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived about 400 years before Christ, wrote a book entitled,  Physics which popularized his theory that the universe was eternal. (Aristotle preferred to believe that the universe was eternal because that avoided the need for a God that had created it.) He also popularized the idea that the universe was static, meaning unchanging, as well.   ...
Rank    God Smacked
August 31, 2016 - Witnessing Tools
''Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives'' (Hebrews 12:6). Not a warm fuzzy verse but one that speaks of His love. And we've all recognized God's discipline once or twice....
Rank    Like a Flood
November 02, 2016 - Israel - Middle East
Many believers don’t seem to know that the Bible actually contains a succinct, comprehensive and straightforward summary of the tribulation. It’s in the Old Testament, namely, the book of Daniel, Chapter 9, and lays out Israel’s future first through the rejection of the Messiah , and the destruction of Jerusalem. The meaning of the end of the passage, however, has always puzzled me.  Until now. ...
Rank    Alas, Babylon
November 09, 2016 - Perspective on the News
Good morning, and welcome to a New World order.  Some commentators seem to see it as the onset of a 21st century Reign of terror. Huffington Post called it a “nightmare”.  Foxnews called it a “media primal scream that registered 11 on the Richter scale". Obama lackey, Van Jones called it a “white-lash” against a changing country. But nobody really saw it coming....
Rank    In the Beginning, God. . .
November 30, 2016 - Witnessing Tools
We all know how the Bible starts, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth". Just ten little words (well, 8 in Hebrew). Ten words followed by about 7000 years of contention. But let’s be honest. The controversy surrounding these words can be narrowed down to just one of them. Only one of these words gets the world’s collectively in a wad: God....
Rank    Happy New Year?
December 28, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
I hope one and all had a blessed remembrance of our Lord’s birth and found exactly what they wanted under their respective trees.  But does anybody else get the feeling, from our daily headlines, that those of us waiting for the Lord’s return and according to a boat load of verses in the New Testament, we all should be, right? It seems to indicate that we may have another reason for celebration coming? One spelled R-A-P-T-U-R-E ?...
Rank    Grace, Freely
May 31, 2016 - Witnessing Tools
Grace, freely. The notion of God’s grace supplying salvation through faith is accused by some of being unfair. What about the primitive tribes in Africa and South America? What about the people who haven’t heard? Well… what about the promises of God?  Like Jeremiah 29:13, for example; "you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"....
Rank    Curtain Call
December 22, 2015 - In Defense of the Faith
Many Christians condemn celebrating Christmas because 1) Christmas traditions are largely based on pagan holidays that preceded Christ and 2) we don’t know when Jesus was actually born....
Rank    The Number of His Name
February 16, 2016 - Prophecy - Signs
Andreas Sjostrom is vice president of the Swedish technology company Sogeti and according to his LinkedIn profile, a “trendwatcher, with a focus on digital transformation and its impact on customer experience”. Last week, however, he stopped watching trends and set one. And its impact? For future humanity,, apparently, a matter of life or death....
Rank    Pitch Perfect
August 18, 2015 - Witnessing Tools
As a scientist, one of the most intriguing verses in the Bible is  when Jesus tells His audience that if they don’t believe what He says about the physical realm, there’s no hope for what is spiritual (John 3:12).  Because that means that what He did say about the physical can be taken to the bank. Even to Job....
Rank    One Fat and Sassy Church
October 13, 2015 - Globalism - Ecumenism
Believers see the UN’s Agenda 2030 as a blueprint for one-world government ratified September 25, as a harbinger of the seven-year period called the Tribulation. Doubters point to the persistence of deep divisions in world views, most significantly with respect to religion. No argument there. But when the church is gone only delusion will remain. ...
Rank    The Late, Not so Great, Dam of Davidic Denial
October 27, 2015 - In Defense of the Faith
“Scholars” agree that King David never actually existed-- that he's nothing but a myth.  Which would also place Solomon, Josiah, Hezekiah, and Joash in the mythological column, conveniently nullifying any ancestral claim to the nation called Eretz Israel. These “scholars” claim that no evidence of David exists. They’re in denial. And getting deeper in every day....
Rank    Creationists and Conspiracy Theories
September 05, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
The website live Science this morning featured a column called “Why Creationists are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories”....
Rank    Delusions Aíplenty
June 13, 2018 - In Defense of the Faith
Christmas of 2015 marked a turning point in American Christianity, though not many of us probably noticed.  Newsweek, which had formerly honored the holiday with a scholarly article about its origins or practice around the world, instead offered this as their holiday issue: “The Bible: So Misunderstood it’s a Sin”....
Rank    Kvetch Like an Egyptian
October 11, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
You may have missed it (as I did) but apparently the things that keeps Biblical scholars up at night has lately been this: were the ancient Egyptians black or white? Dunno why this was such a academic obsession, but now we have an answer. Neither....
Rank    Pain with a Purpose
April 18, 2018 - Witnessing Tools
Here in the USA we seem to share a collective belief that bad things aren’t supposed to happen to good people. I call it the Disney Effect. But bad things do happen to everybody, eventually.  And it turns out that’s kind of a good thing....
Rank    Near East 911
February 14, 2018 - Israel - Middle East
I lived through the Watergate era, but to be honest (I was 14 at the time.) had very little idea what Watergate was about until I finally saw “The Post” last week.  Nixon, apparently, was   fairly devoid of both ethics or grace. But God used him anyhow. ...
Rank    Prophetic Previews
January 17, 2018 - Prophecy - Signs
Most of us interested in Bible prophecy recognize that there are different levels of prophecy in the Scriptures. Meaning that there is outright prophecy, and then there is a more subtle prophecy, a kind of  hidden prophecy, often in the form of foreshadowing. And the motherload of prophecy in the form of foreshadowing has got to be the book of Ruth....
Rank    A Heart of Wisdom
February 15, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
Luke predicted a time when Christians would be fair game for ridicule, persecution, and  even death. Today, anybody with eyes and ears and a news feed recognizes an increasing distaste for those who bear His name. You have to wonder, will faith endure till His return? New data says there’s more room for hope then I expected. ...
Rank    King Solomonís Mines
February 28, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
The book, King Solomon's Mines (1885) thrilled its Victorian audience and established a new genre in literature: Lost Worlds. The premise of King Solomon’s mines – a source of limitless wealth gone missing, has intrigued generations since, revisited in books and movies and a TV miniseries. Despite the fact that the phrase “King Solomon’s mines” never appears in the Bible. Nor, for that matter, does the word “mines”....
Rank    How the Panda Got its Spots
March 08, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
Just in from U.C. Davis: Crackerjack researchers there, recently announced that they have an answer to a question that has puzzled the minds of all humanity for centuries. Why the Giant Panda has both black and white spots?  (I know it’s top of my list and I’m sure it must be top of yours as well.)...
Rank    Tubal-Cain, Right on Time
March 29, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
The funny thing about the young-earth/old-earth argument is that no matter how many total years are postulated for creation (typically about 7000 for by young earth proponents versus nearly 14 billion years for old earth adherents) the Biblical record of humankind still matches up with the archaeological record. Rather astoundingly, actually. Take Tubal-Cain, the world’s first metallurgist.  ...
Rank    Only a Matter of Time
April 19, 2017 - Commentary on the News
Breaking Bible news: Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute (CRI) and host of the radio broadcast Bible Answer Man, has-- as of April 7, 2017 (Palm Sunday), left the building. Meaning the evangelical Bible-believing church itself....
Rank    Alas, Aleppo
December 14, 2016 - Terror - Islam
I have been trying to follow the Battle for Aleppo, I really have. But the sound-bite news coverage that both TV and online have reverted to (even on Fox News you hear way more about Brad and Angie then you do Al-Bashir) makes it hard, and the multiple factions involved only add to my confusion. One thing I know, Aleppo is a complete an unadulterated tragedy....
Rank    One Hump or Two?
August 09, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
It’s not really a new claim, but a new study (2014) resurrected an old discussion. The claim being that Abraham couldn’t have had camels because camels weren’t domesticated till thousands of years later.  That’s what is known as an anachronism in books and movies. Something out of place for the time period. In the Bible, its reason for atheists to throw a party. ...
Rank    Apoceclipse Now
August 16, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Eclipse mania in the U.S., for the first time in 99 years, most Americans are within striking distance of areas that will witness a total eclipse. What is not, unfortunately, rare is the simultaneous emergence of the doom and gloom prophets eager to proclaim that this eclipse, for sure, is a sign of the apocalypse. A sure sign of an imminent onset of the Tribulation....
Rank    A Multiplicity of Errors
August 23, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
If you’ve been to a theater over the last ten years you’ve no doubt been introduced to the concept of multiple (parallel) universes, all the rage in science fiction since first proposed by Erwin Schrodinger while I was still in diapers. They’ve been all the rage in cosmologists as well.  Particularly one named Brian Greene....
Rank    Firm Convictions
July 19, 2017 - In Defense of the Faith
Am I the only one who has wrestled with Genesis 6?  Particularly what the heck the “firmament” actually was?  Over the centuries there have been various translations. But I think our generation has a leg up on finally getting it right. ...
Rank    Hope and Change in the Time of Job
July 26, 2017 - Witnessing Tools
According to current experts, the Chalcolithic Age began 5500 years ago and lasted about 2000 years, Chalcolithic Age being defined by the presence of only crude artifacts made of either stone or copper. Since visible history dates from end of the flood, our earliest written history of those times is the Book of Job. Which makes it extremely interesting that the Chalcolithic stone artifacts bear silent witness to Job’s testimony....
Rank    Without a Leg to Stand On
June 02, 2015 - Witnessing Tools
Although theologians have puzzled for years over the location of the Garden of Eden, (with an amazing assortment of conclusions), the Jewish tradition has always been Jerusalem.  And now –no surprise--evidence of Eden’s principal antagonist has been found right where Jewish tradition would have expected it. In the City of David itself....
Rank    Sometimes It's Just Too Easy. . .
September 23, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
Astrophysicists have had a rough couple of decades. COBE satellite data, in 1993, pretty much proved that the “eternal” universe posited by Aristotle (one that conveniently negated a need for a creator) actually had a beginning. Now physics is proving that it will also have an end. And from a surprising source: Catastrophic Vacuum Decay....
Rank    Evident Design
January 21, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
Richard Dawkins describes the Bible as ''just plain weird, … a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents by hundreds of anonymous authors and editors, … spanning nine centuries''. Francis Bacon said a little science estranges you from God, but a lot of science brings you back.  Dawkins apparently has had only a little Bible....
Rank    By Any Other Name
April 08, 2014 - Israel - Middle East
Seen ''Lone Survivor''? Then you know the only reason Survivor survives is because a certain Afghan family hides him and helps him escape. You may not remember that the family was identified as a specific tribe of Afghanis called the Pashtuns. And I'm thinking you probably don't know why that made all the difference....
Rank    One Big Happy Family
May 13, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
You might have missed it, but headlines announced that science finally had slam-dunk proof that all life descended from a single organism....
Rank    Old as Methuselah
August 19, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
''Adam lived 130 years, and begot a son in his own likeness… and named him Seth. Seth lived 105 years, and begot Enosh. Enosh lived 90 years, and begot Cainan. Canain lived...zzzzzzzzz.'' Jesus said every yod and tittle is important. Ever wonder what all those genealogies are there for?...
Rank    Out of the Shadows
August 27, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
When you think about it, a lot of the phrases we use to mean  certainty  are based on the idea of solidity: ''rock-solid'', ''set in stone'', ''on solid ground''.  Which is kind of funny, really.  Because it turns out that the solidity of the world we live in isn't certainty at all. ...
Rank    Gog, Reloaded.
May 28, 2013 - Israel - Middle East
Last week's topic: with Russian ships in the Mediterranean, it's pretty hard to deny the potential for some serious prophetic doings (prophetic doings a la Ezekiel 38 and 39) in our future.  Been there, wrote that, and intended to move on.  But I'm back.  Because it may be even closer than I thought…...
Rank    A Divine Dissolution
October 01, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
Today's topic: science. Specifically, "decoupling", a word that according to Webster means to separate or detach. You'll find the word "separate" 53 times in the Bible (NASV). And one of those times is nothing less than slam-dunk proof that the Scriptures had one supernatural Author. And that that supernatural Author is God....
Rank    Mock of Ages
November 12, 2013 - Globalism - Ecumenism
Last Sunday morning, several hundred congregants in Los Angeles christened a brand new church by gathering, singing songs, passing the plate, and listening to an inspiring message. Sounds familiar, right?  But this wasn't a new Baptist or Methodist church. It was a new Atheist church. And all were welcome. Except God....
Rank    The Creator and the Casino
November 19, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
Baron C.P. Snow, English chemist and novelist, once wrote a book entitled The Two Cultures. In it, he sought to explain the wonders of science (specifically thermodynamics) to the non-scientific mind. He chose a gambling analogy. But in this game (like most casinos), the end was fixed from the beginning....
Rank    Choosing Sides
November 26, 2013 - Israel - Middle East
My full day of college football (important to me, BTW. Go Bucks!) was interrupted Saturday by the announcement that an "historic agreement" had been reached between several world powers and Iran. Basically a global game of dodgeball, with Israel not picked for either side. (Despite the fact that they were center court.)...
Rank    Isaiah in the High Places
December 03, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
The age of enlightenment was "a cultural movement of 17th and 18th century intellectuals who emphasized reason and individualism rather than tradition." (Oxford Dictionary). German pastor Friedrich Schleiermacher (a.k.a. the "father of modern hermeneutics") was one of them. Not good. Hermeneutics is Bible interpretation. And it's his kind of thinking that duplicated Isaiah....
Rank    The Christmas Coup
December 17, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
Most of us are familiar with Matthew's account of the Magi's arrival in Jerusalem. The Magi asked Herod to point them towards the one “born king of the Jews”. Herod was disturbed at this, we are told, and ''all Jerusalem with him''.  Herod’s angst, we get. But why Jerusalem? One word. History. ...
Rank    Oh Holy Night
December 24, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
Today more than 2 billion Christians are gearing up to celebrate the birth of a baby. A very special baby. A 'one of a kind' baby—Jesus-- the only baby in history to be born of a virgin. Or maybe not. 'Cause apparently it’s out of fashion to really believe that....
Rank    Redemption, Interrupted.
December 31, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
God's word tells us that the Scriptures came to be as God spoke through men as they were carried away by the Holy Spirit, that God literally breathed them out to the men that wrote the Scriptures down. And there's nothing more fascinating that seeing hints of that divine breath hidden throughout your Bible....
Rank    Dry Bones Revisited
April 16, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
Dr. Ronald Glaser was an up and coming researcher thirty years ago (when I worked under him at the Ohio State University).  Dr. Janice Kiecolt was too.  They met; they married…a match made in Buckeye heaven.  But also a match that ultimately confirmed a heavenly inspiration from Proverbs....
Rank    Mystery Lady
April 30, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
Most Bible scholars know that when Jesus (or Paul) used the word “mystery”, they  weren’t talking Agatha Christie.  The word had a slightly different meaning then.  They were, however, talking about a woman of sorts, one we all know very well.  Yep.  We have met the mystery and it is us....
Rank    A Matter of Matter
May 07, 2013 - In Defense of the Faith
Matter is defined (at least by science) as everything that has mass and occupies space.  Translation:  everything you see.  (And some of what you don’t.)  So you’re an expert on matter!  But what you might not know about matter is this: it’s a mystery.  We really don’t know why it exists at all....
Rank    Hadrian's Plow
June 18, 2013 - Prophecy - Signs
We all know the Great Diaspora happened in 70 AD, when the Jews fled Roman destruction of both the city of Jerusalem and its Temple.  That was pretty much the end of Israel, right?  Nope.  It actually lasted about another 65 years.  And those years gave us one pretty astounding fulfillment of prophecy....
Rank    Blind Date
June 25, 2013 - Prophecy - Signs
Agnostic Israeli physicist Leon Lederman, asked by Orthodox physicist Gerald Schroder if anything in history was unexplainable by science, had this to offer: ''Israel back in the land is kind of spooky.''...
Rank    God Smacked
July 02, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
''Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives'' (Hebrews 12:6). Not a warm fuzzy verse but one that speaks of His love. And we've all recognized God's discipline once or twice....
Rank    A Matter of Life and Death
July 09, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
A list of approaches to Bible interpretation I just printed off includes more than twenty, ranging from the Traditionalist method (how did Jews interpret this text?) to the Liberationist (has this text been used to oppress people?).  To wit, a pretty wide range. The Wippelist approach?  A minority view.  The Jesus method....
Rank    Of Ballrooms and Borders
July 23, 2013 - Israel - Middle East
It's 2013, and Abbas and Israel again begin the dance (it's been five years) towards the consummation of a real peace, driven primarily by pressure from European powers and the US.  Both of the dance partners are already expressing little hope of an acceptable finish.  Why?  One word: Borders.  And one number:1967....
Rank    Subatomic Spandex
July 30, 2013 - Witnessing Tools
Only the Bible (of ancient theological texts) claims the universe had a beginning: ''In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth''.  God added some detail in Psalm 104: ''He covered Himself 'with light as with a garment' and 'stretched' the heavens like a curtain.'' 3000 years later?  Science concurs!...
Rank    Sounds of Silence
August 06, 2013 - Testimonials
Here in Memphis the crowd  is beginning to mourn the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis. I, however, sit shiva on my own-- not mourning the passing of a person, but an epoch.  My last little bird has fled the nest.  Prematurely.  And I have a confession to make: I wasn't ready....
Rank    Use Your Imagination
May 27, 2014 - Globalism - Ecumenism
A mainstream denomination just finished "Change the World" week, in which 80 million members concentrated on "creation care" (environmental issues), "imagining no malaria", and "food banks". Their motto?  "Open minds, open hearts, open doors."  Their slogan?  "Rethink Church, change the world."  This church, changing the world? Maybe the other way around....
Rank    Pagans on Pilgrimage
June 10, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
Pilgrimage, defined, is ''a journey made for spiritual or religious reasons''.  Muslims are required to make pilgrimage to Mecca; many Catholics make pilgrimage to Lourdes or Fatima.  Now the atheists (infected, apparently, by pilgrimage envy) have concocted their own pilgrimage.  To evolution’s beginning, the first primeval microbe. (You can't make this stuff up.)...
Rank    A Sheep of a Different Color
July 09, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
Genesis 30 seems to describe Jacob mysteriously breeding spotted sheep by mating white sheep in front of peeled branches in a watering hole--which, as a geneticist, has been one of the most difficult passages of Scripture for me to defend. Until 2008 and the birth of epigenetics....
Rank    The Writing on the Wall
August 12, 2014 - Prophecy - Signs
Headline, August 7: ''Vladimir Putin signs $20 billion agreement with Iran''. The treaty lets Russia dodge sanctions and helps Iran boost oil revenue and imports. Students of Scripture were quick to recognize its prophetic implications. But to really understand its significance, we need to hear not from Putin, but from another Vlad. Vladimir Zhirinovsky....
Rank    Visiting Hours
August 26, 2014 - Prophecy - Signs
Brian McLaren, grandfather of the emergent church, calls Bible prophecy an ''eschatology of abandonment'' of the church's real purpose (in his mind, creation care and social justice). The reality? About 2/3 of Scripture is prophecy. God told us to study prophecy. And the Jews paid a pretty hefty price for misunderstanding prophecy being fulfilled....
Rank    American Idols
September 09, 2014 - Terror - Islam
Coming to a workplace near you: ''Cultural Competency'' training, where the current national sacraments, ''tolerance'' and ''diversity'' are celebrated (meaning mandated) in the workplace context. No arguments there. But in the real world, some things shouldn’t be tolerated. And appreciating diversity isn’t just about black/white; gay/straight. It’s recognizing that there’s good, but there’s also evil....
Rank    I Beg Your Pardon
April 15, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
Country music filled my childhood home, including the 1971 hit: ''I Beg Your Pardon''. In it, Lynn Anderson goes on to proclaim, "I never promised you a rose garden."  Neither did God: Eve sinned, and our garden turned to pain and sorrow.  But yet aren't we somehow still surprised by that reality?...
Rank    The End of Until
April 29, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
According to ''Bible Statistics'', 6 billion Bibles were printed in 2013. All kinds. You've seen them…glittered Bibles for preteen girls. Archaeology Bibles. Witnessing Bibles. Chronological Bibles. Bibles for moms, hunters, policeman, grandparents, toddlers. Bibles annotated by famous pastors. Maybe the golden age of Bibles.  Well, it would be if anybody was reading them. ...
Rank    Fascists and Fig Trees
March 04, 2014 - Prophecy - Signs
It hasn't really hit the headlines, but anti-Semitism is on the rise: Jews are "Nazis", Israel is a uniquely repressive regime (and at fault for all Mideast problems), and Jewish atrocities deserve the world's condemnation. Irrational, but still resolutely believed.  Why? At the risk of being the "Church Lady", one word: Satan....
Rank    Sunshine and Shadows
Travels in Spain
March 25, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
Last week, in the shadow of Seville's beautiful 600-year old cathedral and warmed by the Spanish sun, I enjoyed lunch in the charming old-world Plaza de San Francisco. The same plaza in which 704 Jews (1481-1799) were burned alive in the Spanish Inquisition. Funny. None of the tour guides mentioned that....
Rank    Slip-Sliding Away
April 01, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
A supplicant on ''Yahoo Answers'' asked recently how Genesis lifespans could be explained. (''especially with primitive medicine''). They also issued a disclaimer: ''I wouldn't be asking if I accepted this as fact''. Softball question. God created Adam, and he ''was good''. A better question? Why life spans dropped so precipitously. And now (as of 2009) we know....
Rank    Butterball Meets the Missing Link
January 28, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
Ever been to a natural science museum? Then you've probably seen a picture of the archaeopteryx, a long-extinct animal that Berkeley's website calls ''intermediate between birds that we see flying around and the predatory dinosaurs'', and ''one of the most important fossils discovered''.  I concur with the latter. But not for the same reasons....
Rank    Spitting Image
February 05, 2014 - Prophecy - Signs
I got a business email yesterday touting the next big thing in videoconferencing: holographic telepresence. Technology now makes possible, real-time, a three-dimensional representation of you sharing a virtual conference room with colleagues halfway round the world. (Think Facetime on digital steroids.)  A promising business tool, no doubt. But all I could think about was II Thessalonians....
Rank    The Gospel According to SchrŲdingerís Cat
February 11, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
A t-shirt I own says, ''Schrödinger's cat is dead'' on the front, and ''Schroedinger's cat is not dead'' on the back. (My family only lets me wear it to my team trivia league.) It's a science thing. But it has as much to do with faith as it does with physics....
Rank    Kindred Spirit
January 14, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
With my girls away at school, my job is largely hysteria control, teaching them roommate spats can be reconciled and cars fixed. It's only later in life that we generally have to come to grips with problems that have no fix. That's when faith is really tested. And when Immanuel acquires real meaning. ...
Rank    Dance Like David Danced
November 18, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
Ever feel like God isn’t listening?  You pray.  (Nothing happens)  Cry out to Him. (Still nothing.)  Maybe, like Jacob, purpose ''not to let go until You bless me''.  (Nada again). And then, suddenly and inexplicably, the seas part and His favor, seemingly, returns. But 'why' is a mystery?  We’ve all been there, right?...
Rank    The Quantum Rabbi
October 14, 2014 - In Defense of the Faith
The COBE satellite project, which demonstrated in 1993 that the universe had a beginning, rocked our world.  Frederick Burnham said it made a God -created universe a “respectable hypothesis”. Stephen Hawking called it the “discovery of the century,”. Both, however,  apparently missed the memo: a medieval rabbi beat the COBE data by almost a thousand years. ...
Rank    Celebrate Discovery
December 02, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
As someone for whom apologetics is like crack, I am perpetually terrified of running out of new things to learn. But God always provides another fix, this week, in the form of names: Tepapa, Tannah Kumpok, Mulay, Pilchu Harem, Kuksu, Siah, and Tiki-Ahua: ancient names for Adam.  From all over the world....
Rank    Due Date
December 16, 2014 - Witnessing Tools
Ever wonder why baby Jesus arrived in that Bethlehem manger at the exact moment that he did.  It wasn’t a whim.  In fact, God says the time was pre-appointed.  So why this particular point in Roman history?  No doubt God will explain personally someday, but from a purely practical viewpoint, it was nearly perfect....
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