Posts from October 2016

Posts from October 2016

“I HAVE FOUND THE BOOK!”

The Bible tells us of good King Josiah in the waning days of the kingdom of Judah.  He has been called the Martin Luther of the Old Testament.  He got rid of the idols in the land and restored the worship of the one, true God. Somewhere amid all the remodeling, scrubbing and dusting, Hilkiah the High Priest makes an announcement:  “I have found the Book of the Law in the…

WAITING AND WATCHING

Do you remember Edgar C. Whisenant?   That’s OK.  Like countless others, he had his 15 minutes of fame. Edgar C. Whisenant, was a former NASA engineer and Bible student who predicted the Rapture would occur in 1988, sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 13.   He published two books about this, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 and On Borrowed Time. Eventually,…

IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

At age 45 Howard Hughes dated actresses, test-piloted exotic aircraft, and worked on top-secret CIA contacts.  He owned a chain of hotels around the world, and even an airline – TWA. 20 years later, at the age of 65, Hughes still had plenty of money – $2.3 billion – the richest man of his day.  But he was also one of the most pathetic. He now lived in small, dark…

POTEMKIN CHRISTIANS?

Ever hear of a “Potemkin Village?” In the late 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of all Russia, was out touring the provinces of her country. But Russia was a mess.  Poverty and squalor were all over the place. Conditions were disgraceful. The second most powerful person in the empire was her boyfriend, Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin. Potemkin wanted to…

IMMERSE? DUNK? DIP? POUR? SPRINKLE? SPLASH?

Sam and John argued over how baptism should be done.  Sam held out for immersion.  He said the person must be dunked all the way under the water. John argued that any method of applying the water was OK as long as it was a Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   John…