We have a guest writer today… my wife Sue. Hope you enjoy this delightful article she wrote, about a delightful place. – Victor
I find myself sitting at the same table for two in a very small restaurant of five tables for the second time in three days. This restaurant is in the country, an hour from home and with a detour of 10 miles off of our normal route to visit family to reach it. So what am I doing back here?
The restaurant is a very welcoming place. Lots of natural light from the front windows and glass door, with the door frame painted a friendly red. The walls are a bright, cheery yellow. The five wooden tables and chairs are either eclectic or mismatched, whichever way you want to look at it, I choose eclectic. There are red and white checked table cloths that add to the cheeriness. The door was propped open both days because of unusually warm weather for February, which made it all the more welcoming. Continue reading →
I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading →
Have you heard about what is happening in Malawi? Well, first of all, you may be asking yourself—who or what is a Malawi? Malawi is a rather small country in southeastern Africa. It is bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. So what is happening? Malawi is like many other countries in Africa. Belief in witchcraft and the supernatural is common. In recent weeks much of Malawi has been in a panic because of rumors of vampirism.
It is believed that there are blood-suckers on the prowl, looking for victims whose blood they can drink. The purpose of this particular vampiric activity is to use the blood in witchcraft rituals. In addition to the vampirism, the people of Malawi believe these vampire witches can also shape-shift, or skin walk—that is, they can change their form from human into the shape of dog, cat or some other animal.
The situation has become very serious. People are so frightened that they have formed vigilante groups who are hunting vampires. There are accounts of people being dragged from their cars at roadblocks set up to catch vampires. As of this writing (Friday, October 13, 2017), there have been seven people killed by these vigilante mobs. Things have deteriorated to the point where U.N. workers have been pulled out of their posts. The President of Malawi has declared a 5:00 p.m. curfew in hopes that this will curb the activity of the vigilantes and restore some order. (Here is a U.N. report on this situation.) Continue reading →
Q: The Bible does not use the expression “the eternal Son of God.” Does this mean that Jesus was not the “Son” before he came to earth? Is he eternally the Son of God? Or is this a role he assumed in the plan of salvation?
A: This is an interesting question. There are two schools of thought regarding this matter. There are some who believe that the preexistent Christ existed only as the Logos, or Word of God. As a member of the Trinity, he was a distinct Person himself. However, he was not the “Son” of God. The Father/Son relationship within the Godhead only came about through an act of God in time, most likely at the Incarnation. The other position is that two of the three divine Persons in the Trinity exist in an eternal relationship of Father and Son within the Godhead. For all eternity the Father has been the Father, and the Son has been the Son. The real issue is what do the Scriptures say? I believe that the Bible is clear that the Logos has always been the Son of God. Let me explain why I say this. Continue reading →
There are some who attack Christianity as being a “white man’s religion” and they say that the Bible is a “white, European, racist book.” Such assertions are not only false, they are ridiculous to the point of being absurd. Those who make such assertions apparently have no true acquaintance with the Scriptures and it’s content. The Bible is at its core a Hebrew book written from the perspective of Middle Eastern Jews. Indeed, every book of the Bible was written by a Jew, except for the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. How can a book that is Jewish and Middle Eastern be considered a European, Anglo or white man’s book?
However, even though the Bible is largely Hebrew in perspective, it is also a multi-cultural book. It reflects the influence of other cultures—e.g., Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Hellenistic—on the people of Israel. It also records encounters with individuals and people from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. And this includes individuals and groups from the continent of Africa. In this writing we will examine some of what the Bible says about Africa and Africans. But first, let us examine the origin of the people groups of Africa as recorded in the Scriptures. Continue reading →