Michele Bachman and Glenn Beck Can Only See the Apocalypse

I’ve been writing on the subject of eschatology (the study of the last things) for a long time and countering the argument that a near end-time apocalypse is around the corner. Over the years I have participated in innumerable debates, written ten books on the subject, and published nearly 100 articles. If there’s anyone new […]

Why Do Millions of Christians Ignore Politics?

Let’s get a few preliminaries out of the way. First, there is no doubt that there are few differences between the two major parties. With both Houses of Congress owned by the Republicans, one would think that the claimed differences would have come out and the GOP would have fought for the principles they claim […]

Why the ‘Left Behind’ Film Flopped and Why It’s a Good Thing

If there’s one thing that Christians get upset about is a disagreement over some of their cherished beliefs they think are found in the Bible. The belief that Christians are going to be taken off the earth prior to a Great Tribulation has been a big part of evangelicalism for decades. What many Christians do […]

Why the Left Behind Film is Not Biblical

The reboot of a film version of Left Behind has turned out to be a commercial flop even though it has some big named-actors in it. The Left Behind book series is a revival of other end-time novels that have been plaguing the Christian publishing world for nearly 90 years. The first end-time Christian novel […]

David Limbaugh’s ‘Jesus on Trial’ Affirms the Truth of the Bible

Attorney, author and columnist David Limbaugh is a man after my own heart. He’s also a man after my own mind. That is to say, as both a fellow member of the bar and follower of Christ, I tremendously appreciate how David approaches the hot button issues of the day. He carefully probes them within […]

More Predictions About the End of the World that Paralyze Christians

Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of Billy Graham. Like her famous father and brother, Franklin Graham, she has quite a following among Evangelicals. Recently she sent out a letter calling for “a national prayer initiative entitled 777: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the […]

Don’t Blame the Loss of Religion on the Internet

There’s a new study out that is giving the impression to some people that the loss of religion is the result of the Internet. The UK Daily Mail article does not make a causal relationship, but some Christian sites give the impression that it does.  Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of […]

Does the Death of Ariel Sharon Mean the Return of Jesus is Suddenly Imminent?

The short answer is “no,” but it won’t stop people from trying to make a prophetic connection between the death of Ariel Sharon and the return of Jesus Christ. The speculation is being energized by Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri who died shortly after Sharon suffered a stroke in 2006 that put him in a coma. According […]

Halley’s Comet, the Jupiter Effect, and Blood Moons

As I’ve written in two previous articles about the upcoming Blood Moons in 2014/2015, (here and here), there are a number of Christian writers who claim that they will signal some type of end-time prophetic event. These types of speculations have a long and anti-climatic history. On December 31, 1979, Chuck Smith, the late senior […]

Will Four Blood Moons Usher in the Second Coming?

For centuries prophecy writers have been predicting prophetic events based on a whole host of supposed end-time indicators. The latest prophetic speculation centers around four “blood moons” — called a “tetrad” — that will occur in 2014/2015 may have something to do with the “rapture” or some other unnamed prophetic event. There’s nothing new about […]

ObamaCare: One More Reason Why I’m a ‘Racist’ and You Are Too

You might be a racist if you call the Affordable Care Act ObamaCare. “You’re mother wears army boots.” My cousin Bobby said this to me when we were about 10-years-old. We laughed. “Your mother wears army boots” has now become a mainstay of political discourse as it’s metastasized into “You’re a racist because __________________.” It […]

How Wycliffe Bible Translators Get Some Bible Translations Wrong

The first Bible printed in America was Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God, also known as Algonquian Bible, was done through the translation work of the English Puritan missionary John Eliot (c. 1604-1690). Eliot believed the Bible could be used to “recreate a Christian society” among the native population where political and ecclesiastical power would be decentralized […]