Posts Categorized: General Topics

Pandemic! Martial Law! Close the Churches!

Just think if Hillary Clinton was president at this moment in time.  Can you imagine the response from the Leftist-Socialist-Marxist crowd given this crisis?  As Rahm Emmanuel famously said, they should never let a crisis go to waste. President Trump over these last several years has been roundly criticized for wanting to close our borders. …

Spiritual Authority & Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ever since reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, there’s been one aspect of his life and service to the Lord that’s bothered me.  We know Bonhoeffer best through his book The Cost of Discipleship.  It’s here where Bonhoeffer discusses the price that must be paid to serve God in challenging and difficult times.  And how hard that…

The $100 Challenge

Have you taken the $100 challenge with your faith?  Some ambitious secular people do it when they determine they will pursue success at all costs.  Maybe it’s something we should consider doing to pursue a life in Christ. Some years ago a fledgling,and highly ambitious, stock market trader by the name of Minervini challenged a…

A Chance Encounter With a Sister in Christ

Away from our normal environs, my wife and I were walking on a Florida beach late in the afternoon when I spotted a younger asian lady sitting alone, reading what could only be a Bible.  I resolved on our way back that I would stop and talk with her. When we returned some twenty minutes…

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…

Abraham, Melchizedek, & Righteousness

We don’t hear a lot about righteousness these days, but it’s one of the keys to our relationship with the Lord.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines righteousness as “acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin.”  Our moral law comes from God, so if we act in accordance with that, we…

Prophecy Update – America’s Financial Doom

I know, that’s a cheery title for this essay.  Unfortunately, the facts bear out that our time of financial prosperity is short.  As has been cited by many writers besides me who look at the world’s condition through a Biblical, prophetic lens, regardless what the pundits may say, conditions on this earth as we know…