Red ichthus

Fish Tales

The fish is supposedly a Christian symbol. Jesus Christ called his earliest disciples when he said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; cf Mark 1:17).[1] Jesus told the Pharisees, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it but the…

Pagan altar with pine cone candle

Nature: Savior or Terror?

Something new appeared at church this past Sunday. Instead of a pyramid or pillars on the lyrics screen, I saw a pine tree with pine cones and some floating suns. At first, I liked the nature scene. It exuded tranquility, a welcome change. Then I realized that I was staring at an evergreen. Doesn’t this…

Circle-cross symbol over black fist

Trump: God’s Minister

A pyramid symbol appeared on the worship screen at church yesterday morning. I’ve seen it on many Sundays since last August. Another symbol popped up for the first time: five pillars against a red, white, and blue background. I saw a precursor during Advent last month, when the weekly ‘message minder’ featured five candles, not…

Jesus cleansing the temple

Den of Thieves

“My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” – Matthew 21:13[1][2] Why did Jesus clear the temple of “those who bought and sold” (Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15, Luke 19:45)? Why did he “overturn the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who…

Donald Trump in front of American flag

The Powers that Be

Two thousand years ago in Jerusalem, Jesus Christ told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).[1] Didn’t he have a right to resist tyranny? Jesus was about to be crucified. Instead, “when he was reviled,” he “reviled not again. When he suffered, he threatened not but committed himself to him that…

Infant baptism

Children of God

“As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13 (NKJV)[1] The next time you hear someone…

hiding behind a curtain

What’s Holding You Back?

When I look at the persecuted church today, I’m baffled. These “secret” believers don’t tell their family, friends, or co-workers that they’re Christians. They don’t preach in public either. I want to ask them, “What’s holding you back – torture, losing your job?” These dangers are real. Yet the early church didn’t exist in secret.…

eye chart

Learning to See Like Jesus

I have tried to find the image of my Master upon the faces of those from whom I differ, and God has overpaid me a thousand fold. ~ Eugene Stock (1836-1928), Church Missionary Society secretary I once heard Mitchell Tolle, a well-known Christian painter and preacher, say that learning to paint is really learning to see.…

st_andrews_catholic_church_in_roanoke_virginia

The Coming Antichrist: Church

I experienced a rude awakening at church this past Sunday. During the worship part of the service, a black and white pyramid (made up of four smaller ones) flashed behind the lyrics on the video screen. [See right.] In shock, I refused to stand. I wouldn’t even sing. I didn’t want to give evil God-speed.…

Islam and politics

Political Islam

Political Islam in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”: sounds scary, doesn’t it? Obeying Sharia law in courts, observing Ramadan in school, banning pork in supermarkets and restaurants: what else is possible? Well, guess what? American Christians who ridicule political Islam are ignorant hypocrites! The Islamic caliphate is little different…

Old and new wineskins

Swept and Garnished

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out,’ and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other…