To anyone who may read this: If you’ve read Heiser, then you know you had to use some intellectual muscle to keep up with his tenets as he built them, point by point. I ask you give no less to this critique of Heiser. You need to be sharp, now, and focus your considerable intellect upon this critical task: To understand that just a tiny smidge of poison will make the most delicious food deadly to eat. It is also true that the briefest of lies makes the whole book untrue. I previously removed from my blog an earlier draft … Continue reading The Unseen Heresy: Illuminating the twice-failed misuse of Psalm 82 to denigrate Almighty God
One “Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness.” Exodus 7:16, CSB One evening, during prayer, I thought God said that I should begin praying to Him on a small rug that I’d purchased a few years earlier. “Nonsense,” I thought. “God wouldn’t say such a thing. It must have been my own brain saying that.” Having listened to my own brain in the past, and knowing the disastrous places it often led me to, I decided to not listen. Years later, I did listen. I began using that rug in my time with … Continue reading Worshipping God: Have you begun the daily and personal worship of Almighty God?
The old Chevelle I began learning to drive as a teen had a three-speed manual transmission. The shifting lever was on the steering column, and the pattern was in an H-shape with reverse at the near-top, first gear at the near-bottom, then second gear up at the far-top, and (finally!) third gear down at the far-bottom. That’s known as a “Three on the Tree” column shifter. As a kid just learning to drive, the manual transmission was hard enough to master without requiring my attention be drawn to the steering column as I aimed that screaming rocket sled down the … Continue reading Why’s there a tree in the column? Post #2 in a series about the Global Flood
Focusing on the evidence, you ask yourself: “Can the self-watering system tell me the last time anyone was here?” That the flood occurred evokes measures of mirth in a good many of you. You’re way past considering it. It’s a fairy tale; a myth. At best, it’s a fictional story included in the book of Genesis to give us religious messages. I disagree. I believe the Genesis account of the global flood is not only true, but it provides accurate information that can unlock vast measures of scientific insight as to how and why the Earth looks & behaves as … Continue reading So, are you dating right now? Post #1 in a series on the global flood
I recently told friends that they had no reason to fear the book of Genesis, it’s account of creation, and the story of the global flood. In fact, I said, they could embrace Genesis as truth without fear of what pop science would have them believe about the Earth. I’m convinced thoroughly that it’s so. Before I move on to offer reasons for Christians to applaud Genesis in future posts, let me first take on two half-measures that (though they should have been banished to the junkyard of false theories a long time ago) persist in the church to this … Continue reading There’s a Gap in Your Day-Age
This morning I killed a moth. As incredible as any living thing, the capabilities of a common moth are quite astounding, if you’ll just take a moment to think about them. Some moths, for instance, have so sensitive an array of sensing organs that males can detect pheromones from a female of his species at distances of up to five miles away. Five miles! Can you imagine? Consider how small moths are, how infinitesimal the pheromones must be that are put out by a single little female moth, and how vast the volume of air is between she and her … Continue reading Majestic Moth?
Arguing through a preconceived notion can be tricky. Just ask Philip… Chapter One of the Gospel of John records the events of Jesus in the province of Galilee calling into service some of the Apostles. Beginning in verse 43: The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good … Continue reading But What About You…
Figure above: Shutterstock royalty-free stock illustration ID 111293468: Supernova Explosion by Jurik Peter Accretion is the slow accumulation of material over time. When a river system brings a continuous flow of silt to it’s terminus, where the water’s rate of … Continue reading Deletion of Accretion
David Berlinski once wrote, “In the early days of the German advance into Eastern Europe,” (his words here edited for space), “Nazi extermination squads would sweep into villages. On one such occasion somewhere in Eastern Europe, an SS officer watched languidly as a bearded Hasidic Jew dug his own grave. Standing up, the Hasidic man addressed his executioner. ‘God is watching what you are doing,’ he said. And then he was shot dead.” “If moral imperatives are not commanded by God’s will,” Berlinski argued, “and if they are not in some sense absolute, then what ought to be is a … Continue reading Refuse the Monster
It’s presently my favorite song: Raise a Hallelujah. I love to hear it, and to sing along to it. Doing so can lift my spirit quickly… a very present result of heartfelt worship to Almighty God. I prefer the live version, where, at the start, Jonathan Helser tells of the beloved child of a friend, stricken. Helser receives word one evening that the boy is seemingly at the losing end of the struggle for life. Then, as Jonathan tells the story, the fervent prayers of the faithful were lifted to the Lord God; prayers of praise and worship, and in … Continue reading Raise a Hallelujah! Raise a Hallelujah! Raise a Hallelujah… When?