• Well, Hello Again, Apollyon…

    An Allegory   I could see it in the distance.  A dark, threatening cloud was forming on the horizon; a sure sign of a coming Storm.  Oh, and to be sure, this after only recently drying out from the last Storm that had brought floods of despair.  After the last sudden relentless drenching, there had come a much needed time of warm sunshine and an Invigorating Breeze.  Oh, the sweet, Invigorating Breeze!  How beautiful and vitally important it had been to my temperament to receive the vibrant, refreshing Breeze; a wind of faithful encouragement, providing renewed confidence.  What a pleasant memory…. But then another memory came that was accompanied with…

  • Superstition and the Christian Mind

    Oil and water do not mix.  There are many things in this life that go hand-in-hand, such as ice cream and cherry pie.  The one compliments the other in a way that both are elevated to a greater level of enjoyment and perfection.  But this is not the case for everything, including oil and water.  In fact, the attempt to combine oil and water in a combustion engine will lead to the ruin of that motor.  The water actually serves to displace and prevent the lubricating effect of the oil on the parts of the motor, leading ultimately to its failure. In much the same way, superstition and Christianity do…

  • Mickey Mouse Theology, Fortune Cookie Prophecy, and the Demise of Biblical Literacy

    “The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.  Therefore many of them believed…” Acts 17:10–12 (NASB95) The missionary encounters experienced by Paul and Silas as recorded in Scripture are as diverse as they are exciting.  Whether it was sparking revival in the face of opposition, establishing the church despite the threat of life and limb, or raising people from a disastrous death so the preaching could…

  • Mary, Mary…Quite Contrary

    As Advent season is upon the church, and she is looking toward the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, one biblical figure that cannot be overlooked is  Mary.  Mary, the young virgin who was chosen by God to be the one to hold the unique ministry of carrying the infant Jesus in her womb is critically important to the Christmas story.  Furthermore, she would be the one charged with caring for and nurturing this infant Savior of the world until He became mature enough to care for His own needs. While her ministry and responsibility is certainly unique and deserves a place of special honor,…

  • The Danger of the Lord

    There are many things in this world that can be hazardous to the health of humans.  Some of those things can even be found right under our noses.  For instance, did you know that there are things in your house that can be extremely toxic to your health, even causing death?  From the thermostats on our walls and the thermometers in our bathrooms, to the batteries in your TV remote, to the glue your child used for his rainy day project, to the asbestos insulation that used to wrap around your plumbing, to the chemicals in the fire extinguisher that is there to help save your life in case of…

  • Why My Piece of Paper Isn’t Just a Piece of Paper

    Today, I received the official document from Biola University stating that I have successfully completed their Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics.  The required course work included three modules, each of which contained eight lectures and study outlines by some of the top apologists, Christian philosophers, and Bible teachers of our generation.  Each lecture was centered around key apologetic issues, topics, and tactics that are relevant to defending the Christian faith in modern times.  With a total of twenty-four two-hour lectures, followed by a series of exams for each one (totaling somewhere around sixty hours of work), I am ecstatic to be able to say, “With the Lord’s help, I passed!”  And today, I received the piece of paper…

  • Discipline that Leads to Restoration

    The church family can be an unruly sort, from time to time.  This comes with no surprise given the extent of the depths of depravity in which our world has fallen.  When a lost soul is found, there is often quite a mess to clean up after.  Along with that, once in awhile those that were found find themselves lost in sin again.  As such, God has implemented into the church the ministry of restoration.  If something is in need of restoration, it necessitates the idea that it has become tarnished, fallen into disrepair, or become incomplete in some way from its former condition.  With Christians, this happens when they choose to…