Maddy Ward on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

Theology is a bit like a spider’s web, in the sense that cutting a single strand of a theological framework can drastically alter the shape of the whole. A good theologian understands the web from many angles. They can identify the fundamental tenets of an intricate system. They can foresee the potential effects of disregarding […]

Christoph Heilig on “What makes a good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?”

For me personally, a good biblical scholar is someone who enriches the discipline not only, and not even primarily, through his or her publications, but also through the way he or she interacts with colleagues, especially those who do not yet hold powerful positions or might never do so. I am reminded of people for […]

Marketing the Bible:  affiliative groups and special-purpose editions

Originally posted on Earnestly Speaking:
I think it had been more than 15 years since I perused a CBD (Christian book Distributors) catalog, and the number of pages devoted to Bibles has probably doubled since that time.  Among the new offerings are study Bibles published with notes by famous folks.  In addition to the emphases…

Brian Simmons and The Passion Translation Deception

Originally posted on Kingdom Files:
The Passion Translation (paraphrase) and the ministry of Brian Simmons is a fine example of what is wrong with a portion of the charismatic church.  Leaders and teachers within the “ movement” that embrace preterism and Kingdom Now/Dominionism or Seven Mountain Mandate (or whatever branch of NAR beliefs are popular…

What Doctrines came out of the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM)?

Some important New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) heresies we haven’t addressed in the past include the following: Spiritual Covering Doctrine Spiritual Fathers Doctrine Submission Doctrine Spirit of Sonship (SOS) Doctrine (aka Sonship Doctrine) Orphan Spirit Doctrine. * To remember Spirit of Sonship > divide Christians by pitting an elite set of Christians against other Christians   […]

What is the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM)?

look first at Jim Jones of the The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, commonly shortened to People’s Temple, his religious movement founded in 1955  > known world-wide for the Jones Town massacre in 1978) > theological roots in the NOLR Restorationist movement. Jones attacked the bible + claimed to heal the sick, raise the dead + […]

Using Alexander Dowie’s “altar call” system to suggest that they are God’s instrument to furthering the Kingdom of God here on earth

C. Peter Wagner observed and analyzed the birthing of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) Apostles in its man-made construction of the Charismatic Renewal Movement (CRM). As the NAR Apostles (NARpostles) rolled out their regime to dominate the visible church with their church growth strategies and visionary leadership over the last few decades, they were […]

C. Peter Wagner – The Don Quixote of Evangelicalism (Part 1): Knighted as a General.

To remember Charles Peter Wagner = one of the most influential heretical figures last century in evangelicalism + famous for leading what is known as the New Apostolic Reformation. Charles Peter Wagner no longer wanted to be a nobody in the body of Christ > his research on the New Apostolic Reformation was getting old and […]

What is the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI)?

To remember FGBMFI (founded in 195) connection to New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) + influence in developing leadership, networking + theology of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Franklin Hall + William Branham helped shape prosperity theology of NOLR => Healing Movement across America + shape ministries of T.L. Osborne, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen, and […]

History of the NAR cult infiltrating the marketplace.

Since beginnings of New Order of the Latter Rain cult, Branham’s influence left its mark on many in this New Order – that is, Apostles and leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation. Not just in the church but in ‘marketplace ministries’. from 1930 to 1977 a focus on evangelism to the marketplace 1990s focused on […]

What is a Tel?

Originally posted on Tours to the Holy Land:
Tel Bet She’an and the Roman Cardo (street) A “Tel” is not short for telephone, nor is it a habit that gives you away….a Tel is the site of an ancient city and most are Biblical. In the Old Testament, God instructs the Israelites to destroy pagan cities, leave them…

Forgotten History-The Jews from Geleen 1940-1944.

Originally posted on History of Sorts:
During the war Geleen was a small mining town in the South-East of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg. Below are 2 maps the first one is of the Netherlands and the other one is of the greater Geleen Sittard area, just to give you a geographical sense…

Sabbatai Zevi (Jewish Convert To Islam)

In continuation looking at the Messianic Jews movement, today we give our ear to “News That Isn’t In The Lamestream Media” a blog that wants to be a way to inform the world of current calamities around us. Often to understand the present we must look at the past. From an African American male living […]

Converso Involvement in the Sabbatai Zevi Movement

Originally posted on B'nei Anusim Center for Education:
By Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez The rise of Sabbatai Zevi and his messianic movement greatly impacted communities comprised of former Conversos. In 1666 for example, many of the members of the community in Amsterdam succumbed to the predominant enthusiasm as did those in Hamburg. Prayers had even…

The Sabbatean Prophets

Originally posted on B'nei Anusim Center for Education:
B”H Traveling on business can be difficult but one benefit is that it gives me the opportunity to read. I started reading The Sabbatean Prophets by Matt Goldish and so far it has been a fascinating read. Studies on Shabbatai Zevi have focused on the events…

Ancient Jewish scroll now legible

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/cw6upzQ5aj0 This video says about itself: How to open an ancient scroll without touching it | Science News 21 September 2016 Researchers describe the digital steps it took to unwrap a charred, roughly 1,700-year-old scroll and read its ancient Biblical text. Credit: Seth Parker, Univ. of Kentucky. From…

Organizing the Bible and the Talmud

Originally posted on The Thousand-Year View:
My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: Do you know what it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verse 3? Unless you’re a rabbi or a savant, you probably don’t. Neither do I. But we know how to look it up. We just open the Torah,…

Old synagogues buzzing with life

Several religious people do know that we are coming closer to special times predicted in the Holy Writings. Coming closer to these times of prophesy also the Chosen People of God find their way back to the Word of God and to the importance not only to gather but also to show their unity in […]

A Jerusalem Synagogue Building from Jesus’ Time?

Originally posted on HolyLandPhotos' Blog:
In 1913 Raymond Weill excavated in the “City of David” and found a large limestone block—ca. 30 in. x 16 in.—that contained a clear 10 line Greek inscription. “Theodotus Synagogue Inscription” found in Jerusalem. Click on image to Enlarge and/or Download. The inscription reads: “Theodotos, son of Vettenos, priest and…