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Daniel 10: Spiritual Warfare?

The book of Daniel is apocalyptic literature laced with prophecy, numerology, dreams, visions, definitive portrayals of good and evil, and detailed eschatology. Noncanonical apocalyptic literature, which was common at the time of Daniel’s writing, had similar elements. Apocalyptic literature employs exaggerative, metaphorical, and metaphysical language. It uses creative narrative events to veil contemporary flesh-and-blood historical

Daniel 10: Spiritual Warfare? 2019-04-24T14:36:33+00:00

Trust in God

Everyone has heard the phrase “Trust in God!” It is a powerful phrase that is often times used in a way that supposes God is in control of all things. In some circles, it encourages the listener to surrender to the all-powerful God who implicitly can snap His fingers and instantly give us the desires

Trust in God 2019-03-19T02:11:13+00:00

How Long, O Lord

Lately, I have seen many pray on Facebook for God to rid the church of homophobia and other “isms” that are destructive to ourselves and those we love. Reading some people’s posts portray God as somehow stalling or that God is not moving the timeline of equality and liberation fast enough. There are also those

How Long, O Lord 2019-02-27T22:18:42+00:00

Why It Is Hard For Me to Believe In Demons

The famous Catholic scholar, Hans Kung suggests that belief in Satan and demons are a piece of “outdated medieval thought” and when believed by Christians it “throws away all credibility for theology and the church” (On Being Christian, 369). Is he right? Is the influential German scholar, Rudolf Bultmann right when he says, “It is

Why It Is Hard For Me to Believe In Demons 2019-02-27T22:01:05+00:00

Facebook Prayers

I really don’t understand why people ask for prayer about their car that broke down; about their children who are sick; about interviews they have coming up, and other life events? Okay, I understand. It is just after a lot of reflection, it seems like there is a more honest way to share ones needs

Facebook Prayers 2018-12-26T20:48:56+00:00

JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain?

In James 5:14–18, James encourages the elders of the church to lay hands on and pray for the sick, the sinful, and those in need of healing prayer. He writes “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The context is not intercessory prayer on behalf of others from a distance but prayer that

JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain? 2018-07-06T17:53:41+00:00

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children

“The bystander effect” is a term used by social psychologists to describe what happens when individuals fail to intervene during crises or emergencies when they perceive others are present and aware of the event. Preeminent social psychologist Elliot Aronson writes in his classic book, The Social Animal, “If people are aware that an event is

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children 2018-06-21T01:49:39+00:00

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer can be one of the most difficult prayers to engage in because it requires stillness and silence, which are completely countercultural and counter-ego. Stillness and silence are countercultural to our drive-through, drive-by, and driven society that fosters a jittery nervous system and type A(DHD) personalities. Many people, therefore, think of stillness, silence, and

Centering Prayer 2018-05-20T20:03:39+00:00

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My!

J. P. Moreland is a poster child for intellectually savvy and deeply conservative evangelicalism. He is brilliant–stunningly so. I have learned a lot from him over the years. I was listening to his talk on YouTube, entitled “On the Promises and Problems of Petitionary Prayer” (2013). He said things that perfectly align with my vision for

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My! 2018-04-06T01:53:16+00:00

DIVINE ECHOES

“People who intentionally set aside time to prayerfully listen and conspire with God, humbly opening themselves up to receive God’s wavelengths of love, and creatively and subversively reverberate them out to the world around them.”