Posts Tagged: Dr. Michael S. Heiser

Deuteronomy 34:5-6 – The Holy Stapler

In reading Scripture, primarily the Old Testament, we see there are places where the author of a named book simply couldn’t have been the one who wrote certain passages.  There had to have been another person – an editor – who wrote parts of the work itself, or at least assembled the writings.  That concept…

Numbers 5:15 – Trial by Ordeal

Certain passages of the Bible make us shake our heads in confusion before we move on in our reading, because we don’t understand what’s going on at a deeper level.  In our westernized Christianity, we don’t have the appropriate context to discern the true intent; rather than digging deeper, we add these things to our…

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…

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…