Heresy: Michael Gungor

I did not think innovation was possible in musical concerts until I saw the Christian rock band Gungor in 2011. Most artists just appear on stage, either alone or with their bands, and play some songs – first fast, then medium, and finally slow. They think the purpose is to create an atmosphere for worship. Although…

Abortion: A Culture of Death

Have pro-lifers taken a serious look at how abortion is portrayed in pop culture – television, films, music, etc? It’s not rampant like homosexuality and gay marriage, which really started with Will and Grace (1998-2006), but abortion still crops up. I don’t think we can combat this moral issue at the cultural level unless we analyze…

Open up the Heavens

When Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River, the heaven or heavens “opened.”[1] [See Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-22.] The Holy Spirit descended like a dove as God the Father spoke audibly to everyone present. It was a public event. Heaven won’t open again publicly until Jesus’ Second Coming (Revelation 19:11). God’s…

2016 Resolutions

People joke about how they break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks of making them. I kept only one from 2016: losing weight. My goal was 50 pounds. I lost 16 pounds, which is 1-2 clothing sizes. All my slacks and capris are baggy. But at this rate, it will take me two more…

Judgment is Coming

One week ago today, Isaac McCord found a soaking, burned page from a Bible under a bench at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The theme park is less than ten miles from Gatlinburg, where a fire destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed nearly fifteen people. What did this page say? “The day of the LORD…

Hurricane Matthew: Is the Antichrist Here?

President Obama told coastal residents of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas to “pay attention to Hurricane Matthew.” This hurricane has killed nearly 150 people in Haiti. It hits the Bahamas today and southern Florida late tonight. What’s eerie about Hurricane Matthew is that it had the face of a skull in a satellite image while crossing Haiti (Weather.com). Is…

Jacob and Esau: Deception

“Is not he rightly named Jacob? … He hath supplanted me these two times.” – Genesis 27:36[1] Jude, a half-brother of Jesus Christ, warned his readers about “certain men” who had “crept” into the church “unawares” (4). These men “speak evil of those things which they know not. … What they know naturally, as brute…

Silver and Gold: Abraham

Silver and gold, silver and gold Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth – “Silver and Gold” [lyrics by Johnny Marks] I have fond memories of this Burl Ives song, from the Christmas cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Yet silver and…