LGBT, Constantine, Theodosius, USA

Several recent political victories by the LGBT community and their legal representatives have disturbed various traditional Christian communities.  Adding to the understandable angst of these communities and organizations are the defections to the LGBT agenda by venerable quasi-religious organizations such the Boy Scouts of America.  The number of Christian denominations reflecting what is called Mainline … Continue reading LGBT, Constantine, Theodosius, USA

“Do Not Forgive Them, Oh Lord, For They Do Know, What They Do!”

No doubt many Christians find this title disturbing, for many reasons.  It is a negation of Luke 23:34 which traditionally has been the first of the Seven Last Words from the Cross.  Beyond being disturbed by the theology of this negation, many would also consider it disturbing to realize that this whole sentence, recorded only … Continue reading “Do Not Forgive Them, Oh Lord, For They Do Know, What They Do!”

Breastfed by the Whore of Rome

Those familiar with Roman history, culture, and imperialistic propaganda recognize this iconic tableau.  Three simple objects: the Roman she-wolf (Lupa Romana), Romulus, and Remus.  This simple scene was part of the founding myth of the city of Rome, purportedly in the 8th century BC, and its ensuing empire that dominated the world in which the … Continue reading Breastfed by the Whore of Rome

“Gates of Hell” and Another Look at Matt. 16:18 & Rev. 9:1-11

         Although I am not an expert on English translations of the Bible, there are a couple of well known examples where the King James translators truly got it wrong in their rendering of a particular verse or phrase.  What is especially ironic is when a contemporary preacher, study group, or translator who otherwise would … Continue reading “Gates of Hell” and Another Look at Matt. 16:18 & Rev. 9:1-11

Reflections on Hell, Location of the Dead, and Other Easy Questions

I was asked to speak briefly on these issues to a group of Christians following a Wednesday evening meal at the Oliver Creek Church of Christ, in Arlington, TN. It is VERY informal and brief.  These comments are certainly not polished or extensive.  There has been more interest in the topic of Hell in recent … Continue reading Reflections on Hell, Location of the Dead, and Other Easy Questions

“Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting

This should be the last post on this particular topic of gematria, isopsephism, and related areas for some time.  However, there is so much bad information in preaching, in commentaries, in various Wikipedia articles, in DVD Bible lessons, and in cyberspace that I feel the need to point out some of the more widespread misunderstandings … Continue reading “Why Can’t Johnny Count?” A Needed Guide for Preachers (and Commentators) on Gematria (666/616), Isopsephism, and Counting