Monthly Archives: November 2015

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 […]

The Lord Reigns

I often talk about God being in control. But that seems to fly in the face of our lives which themselves often seem like chaos. Then we watch the news and see 127 dead and 180 wounded in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in France. What does “God reigns” mean in the face of so much chaos, suffering, and outright evil? How can God be in control when so many people are in rebellion against his reign? And while we’re at it, what does God’s sovereignty actually have to do with me anyway? If God is going to be sovereign with or without me, what difference does it make for me? We see the reign of God in stages in scripture. Currently Sovereign Across the spectrum of scripture God is declared as sovereign over all as both creator and Lord. One example of that comes in Isaiah: “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, […]

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” (Revelation 19:6, ESV)