The Trials of Jim Baker

Hey guys, I wouldn’t have mentioned Jim Baker if I’d known he was still in the public eye.  He wasn’t really the point of my story anyway.  I was sharing an experience that took place more than 24 years ago when I was still trying to find a new church.  The point of the story…

Recognizing Hermes

  Until recently my understanding of the disagreement between Mormons and Evangelicals was the ‘faith versus works’ debate. Is salvation earned through good works or through faith? But I’ve always understood this to mean that the goal was the same. The real problem didn’t become clear to me until I began to wonder about the…

Mormons on My Mind

I’ve wasted a day trying to write a rationale for the following statement only to conclude that my rationale is irrelevant. While I was praying for help with my schedule I was told to call the Mormon people out of the Mormon Church.

The Many Faces of Revelation

When it comes to the Book of Revelation disagreements can end the conversation before it gets started. I suspect that some of my readers are already up in arms because I cited J. Massyngberde Ford in a previous article. Because her commentary on Revelation is controversial in some circles, I’m also using Craig R. Koester’s…

Puerto Rico Has Not Been Abandoned After All

The Facebook group Puerto Rico’s Recovery Fund “Hurricane Maria” is reporting that there are enough supplies to help half a million people, but they are sitting in shipping containers in the port.  They’ve been there since Saturday.  According to the governor  they can’t find any trucks to distribute the supplies.  Apologies to President Trump–life is good.  Now…

They Called to the Mountains and the Rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

Update, September 27, 2017: Call off the Apocalypse!  It’s been reported that there are 3000 shipping containers full of supplies that have been sitting in the port in Puerto Rico since Saturday.  The governor says they can’t find any trucks to distribute it!  Apologies to President Trump.   When I see ‘President’ Trump sitting smugly…

September 23: The Day the Apocalypse Didn’t Happen

There was a rumor going around that something terrible was going to happen on September 23, and whatever it was it was supposed to usher in the end times. [1]It turns out the rumor was wrong, but the debunkers who argue that there is no threat because Planet X does not exist are not helping…

Was Election 2016 Just the Way the World Works?

I think I’ve finally figured out why it’s so hard to describe what happened in the 2016 election. Judging by the comments about Hillary’s Clinton’s book tour the entire election was a demand by establishment Democrats that we recognize them as ultimate authorities. That’s why they don’t hesitate to say things that everyone knows are…

Draft Bernie Conference in D.C. Friday

If you’ve been wondering where that hopeful energy from the Bernie rallies has been hanging out this year look no further than the Draft Bernie movement. I heard it in the group’s most recent national organizing call Wednesday. Since February 2017 volunteers have been gathering signatures and donations. The culmination of these efforts will take…

Emergency Call from the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Update: Provo, South Dakota)

An emergency situation is unfolding in the Provo, Utah South Dakota area of the Black Hills. The Trump administration has apparently revived applications from companies that want to use seismic testing to hunt for oil. The Obama administration rejected the applications but it was learned today that trucks are all set to begin testing tomorrow….

What is the Apocalypse to Us?

It’s one thing to criticize those who justify a war by using hazy apocalyptic thinking. It’s another thing to act as though the Book of Revelation is not part of the Bible. We have yet to talk about another type of destruction, natural disaster. I can’t say for sure that Revelation is a prediction of…

American Religion and the Iraq War

Considering the un-peaceful tendencies in the Christian religion is it logical for a Christian to work for a peaceful future? The belief in the apocalyptic end of the world seems to work in the other direction. Many American Christians supported the Iraq War and justified their support by citing the Book of Revelation. Were they…