Yearly Archives: 2015


The Bible Backbone Plan

A few years ago I ran into Professor Grant Horner’s 10 Chapter a day reading system. It was beautiful but in my mind a bit too much. I tried it several times and it always felt a bit too artificial to keep breaking on chapter boundaries in the middle of a story. (More on that at a later date perhaps.) I kept getting frustrated and eventually broke off the reading plan and just did it my way. As a result I developed my own Bible reading plan very similar to Prof Horner’s. I call it the Bible Backbone plan. It is a plan that works quite well for me, perhaps because it’s just a little smaller in size, and a thus a bit more flexible for my brain to work with. I’ve broken the scriptures down into six areas which I felt should be read every day. List 1: The Historical Backbone of Scripture tells the main story of the Bible from beginning to end. Read this looking for the overview of God’s plan Did you miss a day? Don’t panic, dwell in grace and read today. Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Luke, Acts, & Revelation. List 2: The Informational Books add […]


Book flash

Here’s a quick sale for some Kindle books from Lexham Press on Amazon. ¬†$0.99 for the next few days only. I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible Bible Word Studies: A How-To Guide The Bible in Its Ancient Context: 23 Fresh Insights The Bible in the Real World: 31 Inspiring Insights The Gospel Works Everywhere: 14 Inspiring Stories from Around the World When the Bible is Complicated: Answers to Perplexing Questions


Dual Review: The Unseen Realm and Supernatural

What you believe affects what you do. That is the implication of Jesus’ words in Matthew 12:34-45 (Luke 6:45). Learning to think according to scripture then is vital for Christians who seek to live lives pleasing to the Lord. For this reason it pays to be discerning in what we read, watch, and otherwise mentally imbibe. It also serves us to be cautious when delving into studies on the Spiritual or rather, “Unseen Realm”. This is mostly because the glimpses we see in scripture are rarely directly descriptive and explanatory. Rather the Biblical authors tend to assume that the reader is operating with the same basic worldview and belief system as they are. To that end, they’ll mention Cherubim, but rarely in a context of description. We see Satan in the later portions of scripture as a proper name, but it wasn’t that way early on in scripture. Fixing that worldview gap is the stated goal that Michael Heiser had when he wrote first The Unseen Realm, and its distilled companion, Supernatural. (Related link: Read Supernatural) When I first started studying Principles of Spiritual Warfare years ago, I encountered some extremely strange passages and ideas in scripture. ¬†Jude mentioned angles in chains (Jude 6). Genesis 6:1-2 seemed to describe angelic […]