What is a Nation? Preliminary Thoughts Before Reading “The Case for Christian Nationalism.”

If you’re on the Christian internet, you know that lots of people are buying, reading, critiquing, reacting, and getting all up in a tizzy over the new book by Stephen Wolfe called “The Case for Christian Nationalism.” You might also know that there is a side-controversy about a guy named “Thomas Achord,” who apparently was…

Numbers 30, the Vows of Women, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

I recently noticed something in the Old Testament that is quite striking when you think about it. It seems to be something that looks “sexist,” and certainly out of date. However, it has an application that is EXTREMELY significant to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I think it is worth being explored. A Sticky…

The Appallingly Unconstitutional Case Against Douglas Mackie

On August 15, 2022, Tucker Carlson in his opening monologue reported that a man named “Douglass Mackie” had been arrested for “vote theft.” Here is the monologue in full: This story sounded too crazy to be true, and I thought it had to be some sort of exaggeration. Tucker Carlson is not above exaggeration. So…

The Feeding of the Five Thousand and Walking on Water Explained

This post is the third in a series that explains the seven signs in the gospel of John. This one is about the feeding of the five thousand. Important in this series is the difference between a sign and a miracle. See this previous post to understand that difference. To summarize, a “sign” is something…

A Funny Thing About the Constellation of Virgo

If you look East in the springtime, between sundown and around nine o’clock in the evening, you will see a constellation rising over the horizon. That constellation is Virgo. As the year progresses, Virgo will be further and further west at sundown, traveling along the ecliptic, as Virgo is one of the 12 Zodiac signs…

The Utter Defeat of Satan by Christ

There is something funny in scripture that I’ve noticed. I do not think it gets enough attention. We all know that God is good and powerful and mighty and victorious, etc. etc. But I’ve noticed that God is also quite a show off. This is particularly reflected in the following passage from 1 Corinthians: But God…

How Did The Planets Get Their Names?

This post isn’t about remembering the planet names. This post is about remembering WHY the planets are named what they are named. Everybody knows that the planets correspond to classical characters in mythology. But I’m answering the question “Why did the ancients connect THAT spot of light — and not any other spot of light — to this PARTICULAR deity — and not another deity?”

As I’d like to show, there is actually an answer.

The Problem With Amanda Gorman’s Poem at the Joe Biden Inauguration

I watched the reading, and its presentation had the same tone, tenor, and pace of the “poetry” I’ve seen in many places these days.

Here’s my problem with the poem: IT IS NOT POETRY. If you read it at a different pace, it is A SPEECH.

Now, granted, it is a good speech. It has random rhymes with no real pattern (just like a speech). It has a nice flow, but no real meter (just like a speech). It has poetic metaphors, phrases, and analogy, but no set structure (just like a speech). It is a good speech, but it is a speech. It is not a poem, except for the fact that it has odd spacing when printed.

“The Myth of Atlantis” and the Weird Parts of Scripture

This is a series about the weird parts of scripture. These are the stories that you learn in Sunday School, but then never revisit because they are too weird. Nobody believes that stuff. Creation. Adam and Eve. Talking Snakes. Heavenly beings having sex with women and producing Giants. Ages of primordial man which leads back…