Posts Categorized: Divine Council

Idols: Then & Now

In our westernized, Christian worldview, the idols of old made of stone and wood make little sense.  We wonder how the peoples of the Ancient Near East (ANE) could be so foolish as to think that a statue of some sort was worthy of worship.  How stupid could they have been back in those days? …

America’s Fate: A Mashup of Ideas – Part 4 of 4

The final essay of this 4-part series attempts to bring together the ideas presented in the first three parts.  The elements in the mashup about America’s fate come from the books The Fourth Turning, The Unseen Realm, and This Present Darkness.  They derive from secular, Biblical non-fiction, and Christian fiction concepts.  Is it any wonder…

America’s Fate: A Mashup of Ideas – Part 3 of 4

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series of essays titled America’s Fate: A Mashup of Ideas, we started bringing together some very disparate sources and ideas to try to understand how our country has gotten to the place in history that it currently stands.  We briefly discussed the secular book by Strauss and Howe…

America’s Fate: A Mashup of Ideas – Part 2 of 4

In Part 1 of these essays, we considered the book The Fourth Turning, a secular work that examines the cyclical periods of history, thus providing a framework for projecting the next era that America faces.  From every indication, based on this worldview, we have entered that period known as the Fourth Turning, one characterized by…

America’s Fate: A Mashup of Ideas – Part 1 of 4

It’s an interesting exercise to connect dots.  Those dots may come from completely different places.  They may come from secular sources as well as from religious origins.  In fact, some may come from a non-fictional wellspring while others, surprisingly, may be birthed in the realm of fiction.  All this to say that the shape we…

God’s Grief

Have you ever encountered the question, “Why is the Bible filled with stories of rebellion and all-around bad behavior?”  Sure you have.  The standard answer is: “That’s what makes it real; one of the reasons why we know it’s true.”  This is a good response, but does it go deep enough?  I don’t think so….

Replacement Theology in the Deuteronomy 32 Worldview

When we approach the Bible with what is known as the Deuteronomy 32 worldview, we understand why Replacement Theology is so prevalent today.  Replacement Theology takes the Biblically false view that Israel no longer has a place in God’s plans and purposes because 1) Israel blew it, and 2) the Church has taken her place….

Paul’s Mars Hill Declaration of Deuteronomy 32:8

The Apostle Paul was a product of the Ancient Near East.  He understood the neighborhood in which he lived.  He knew there was a supernatural world and worldview that greatly influenced the lives of those to whom he witnessed.  This is fully on display when Paul goes to Athens and engages the Greeks on the…

Called To Suffer

Why is it many people don’t understand that being called to become a disciple of Jesus Christ involves suffering, that rather, they believe it is supposed to be a comfortable life filled with material blessings? The Lord was quite clear to Saul when He called him on the road to Damascus where he became the…

God’s Divine Family Council

In the Book of Job, we get a glimpse of how God’s Divine Council works.  Somewhere in the beginning, God created the heavenly host.  Whether this was before the account of creation that we read about in Genesis or during, we don’t know.  Since Scripture is silent about God creating His divine family, it’s likely…