The Middle East: Ancient History Part 4, Worldly Perspective

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the eleventh in a series of essays examining the Middle East situationCounter-Cut from a Biblical perspective.

In the previous posts we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of that conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. In the last two essays we examined the spiritual conflict in depth.

In this essay we will examine the conflict from the world’s perspective. From the worldly perspective, the Middle East conflict has two fundamental root causes:

o   Squatters’ rights
o   Family feuds.

Let us examine each briefly. Read more…

The Middle East: Ancient History Part 2, Spiritual Perspective

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the tenth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situationCounter-Cut from a Biblical perspective.

In the previous post we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of the conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. Lastly we have concluded that The Bible provides a more reliable account of ancient history.

In this post we will examine in more depth the nature and root cause of the spiritual conflict sweeping the Middle East and the world from a Biblical perspective. Let us then start with an examination of the Biblical root cause of our very existence: The Creator God. Read more…

The Middle East: Ancient History Part 1, Background

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the ninth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.Counter-Cut

Every fall people flock to corn mazes and hay mazes that spring up throughout the countryside.  Famers create these mazes by cutting labyrinthine paths in corn that stands taller than a man, or by constructing labyrinthine walls of hay bales higher than a man.

Upon entering the maze no one can see where they have been, where they are, or where they’re going.  Navigating one’s way out of such mazes is challenging and time-consuming.  While in these mazes, do we know where we are?  Kind of, but not really.

However, if we had an accurate map of the maze and an accurate record of where we’ve been, we could know exactlywhere we are and where we’re going.  We could even plan and reliably follow a route to get out of the maze.

It is the same with history.  If we want to know what the future might hold – though we cannot see the future clearly – it is necessary to know where we started, where we’ve been, and where we are.  We can then make some reasonable projections of the future based on that knowledge.  However, the more accurately and the farther out into the future we wish to make our projections, the farther back in time we must look to maintain reasonable accuracy of prediction. Read more…

The Middle East: Whose Land Is It Anyway?

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThis is the eigth in a series of posts examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

The previous post on this topic, The Middle East: History,  has demonstrated that based on history alone the state of Israel is the rightful owner of all the land contested by the Arabs and Jews.

But there is a significant difference between rightful and legal ownership. One could be the rightful owner of a piece of real estate, yet still not legally own it. Read more…

Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl

October 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Counter-Cut“Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl?  …never heard of him!  Who is he?”
“He is a 27 year old POW in Afghanistan.  He has been held captive by the Taliban for over 4 years now.” Read more…

The Great Deceiver

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

The hand is quicker than the eye…

Imagine for a moment playing the shell game against a master.  You put down your $20 bill.

He places three shells on the table, upside down.  He slides a bean under one shell.  You mentally mark the shell. You focus your eyes on it intently and wait. Read more…

Independence Day

July 6, 2013 Leave a comment

IMG_0534July 4th.  A day for family, picnics, and fireworks.  A day of rest, celebration, and joy.  A day of remembrance?

We celebrated July 4th on a large field hosted by a local church.  A baseball field was surrounded by pristine hardwoods, with a small hill overlooking first base.  The small hill provided a superb view of fireworks set up in the middle of the baseball field.  The temperature was perfect; the swelling crowd waited eagerly for the sun to set and the fireworks show to begin. Read more…