But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 17:00

How Should We Respond?

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(Editor’s Note: The following is an adaptation from chapter 15 of Carl Teichrib’s book, Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment.) Professing Christians have three primary options in considering a response to our shifting world. First, we can ignore the worldview...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00

The Not So Strange Tale of Two Jehovahs

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If we began this post with the words, “Once upon a time…” and went on to tell the tale of two Jehovahs, most would assume it was just a story, perhaps a fairly-tale. In actuality, the story is true, it’s in the Bible, and the One telling it is Jehovah Himself. Since we will...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 17:00

The Games People Play

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In 1969, Joe South’s hit, The Games People Play was released. Actually, it was a re-release. Songfacts notes: Joe South performed all the vocal and instrumental parts himself, and some consider it the first ever Country-Soul album. It was originally released in 1968 as Introspect before being...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 17:00

Naming Names a New Year Resolution?

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Is naming names a New Year resolution for us? We don’t really make New Year resolutions like losing weight, or any other of a number of things around here. There is probably not a week that goes by that I don’t receive an email or note contending that it is wrong to name names when...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 17:00

The Christmas Image

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This week’s Crux, posts the day after most Christians celebrate the anniversary of the incarnation. With all of the festivities, family gatherings and ministry stuff I had considered taking the easy way out and either skip posting this week or repost The Gift, an article Joy wrote in 1996 for...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:00

Heaven and H-e-double-hockey-sticks

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My series of articles has been focused, in large part, on use of terminology as a foundation for comprehension and elucidation. When considering issues such as Angels, demons, Nephilim, and giants, we have seen how definitions also assist in systematizing in terms of putting together a theological...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:15

Present

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When you think of the word “present,” what comes to mind? As you might have guessed, around here we love words. It is our primary medium of communication. We love playing with words and enjoyed comedians of yore like Abbott and Costello and their use of word play with routines like...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 14:04

Strange Bedfellows

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If, as it is said, politics makes for strange bedfellows, Cultural Ideology says, “Hold My Beer.” Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor, In his essay Welcome to Culture War 2.0, claims that we are witnessing a “great realignment” of cultural forces. And they are some...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:07

Thanks for the Memory

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Thanks for the Memory is a song which actor, comedian and entertainer, the late Bob Hope, performed with actress Shirley Ross. It was written for the film, The Big Broadcast of 1938 which co-starred Hope and Ross. It is a recitation of mostly small but, as it turns out, important moments in their...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:05

Here Be Giants

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This is fourth the series of articles on angels, demons, and Nephilim and will be followed by one about Heaven and Hell. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several books I have written.1 (All Bible quotations are from the NASB) Many people dive into...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:32

‘Look, here is the Christ!’

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In Matthew 24:23 Jesus forewarns His followers to be aware of deception and deceivers to come, saying, Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. This warning is also recorded in Mark 13. Why is He warning them? For false...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 15:11

A Prayer for the Czar?

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In one of our all-time favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish citizens of the fictional Russian shtetl of Anatevka ask the rabbi if there is a prayer for the Czar. With a twinkle in his eye, he assures them there certainly is, and then goes on to cite the prayer for his listeners....

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:09

What is Truth?

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In John 19:38 Pilate responds to Jesus when he quips, “What is truth?” It was more of a commentary on the problem of language in that day than on the claims of Jesus. The very definition of “truth” in Greco-Roman culture was elusive and contradictory. For the common people,...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:25

The Nephilim Files

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This is a follow-up to the Angels Unawares and Demons ‘Ex Machina:’ What Are Demons? articles from The Crux, August 29, 2019 and October 3, 2019, and it will be followed by one regarding giants. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:43

Myths and Genealogies

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In 1 Timothy, after his opening salutation, the Apostle Paul immediately launches into warnings about false teachers, false doctrine, myths and genealogies. What is he referencing in the category of “myths and genealogies”? The Faithlife Study Bible comments: The Greek term used here,...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 17:03

The Loss of God’s Holiness

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Over the years we have watched various dubious fads ripple throughout the church. They’re not all the same, but one trait these fads seem to have in common is the loss of God’s holiness. Of course, God has lost none of His holiness, even after all these centuries, but the new fads seem...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:32

Demons “Ex Machina:” What Are Demons?

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This is a follow-up to the “Angels Unawares” article from The Crux, Thursday, August 29, 2019 and will be followed by articles on Nephilim and giants. These articles will be succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several books I have written.1 The concept of...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 18:24

Reading Romans

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Something always bugged me about Paul’s letter to the Romans. Growing up in the atmosphere of Evangelical churches, principally Baptist, I absorbed the accepted narrative of what was going on in Romans. Paul wrote a letter to the house churches in Rome. It is Paul’s “Theological...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:36

Watch Your Language!

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When we were children back in the stone age, it was not uncommon to hear a parent say, “Watch your language!” It was sometimes punctuated with “young man” or “young lady.” Our language reflected the cultural values of the time. Certain communications were...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:26

“The Things You Know That Ain’t So”

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Several of us recently spent a day at a New Age Fair in Ohio talking with various exhibitors. Again, as was true at the last New Age fair we recently attended, in nearly every conversation the claim was made that reincarnation was in the Bible but was taken out by evil monks in the sixth century....

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:32

The Road Away from Him

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Are Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, who are pushing the Enneagram craze among Christians, truly providing a map to The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery? Or, should we more accurately call their self-discovery manual “The Road Away from Him?” This is an...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:40

Angels Unawares

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I will review demons, Nephilim, and giants in a future article. I expand on these in several books I have written.1 These posts will be succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations. There are certain things “we all know” about Angels: They are spirit beings, sort of...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:07

Jesus is Lord

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, some New Agers and other non-Christian groups would cheerfully say, “Jesus is Lord” if they are put on the spot to do so. This becomes puzzling to some in light of Paul’s words to the church in Corinth. He wrote: Therefore,...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:06

In the Beginning – Heresy

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Many seem surprised at how easily and quickly blatant false teaching is spreading today throughout the Evangelical church. But in fact, what we are seeing is not something new – heresy and deception have been with us since the beginning. The first deception is that of Satan himself, and that...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:58

Fraternity Over Orthodoxy

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After I spoke at a church this past weekend, I was asked, “How is it that so many celebrity preachers, celebrity Christian authors, and celebrity pastors take the stage with known (and popular) false teachers?” There are, of course, many possible reasons. It could be they seek to...

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