Forty Nine Backtracks + Bio

A quick reference guide, with my last 49 (7×7) posts listed and accessible.

Braggart

Thursday, May 12, 2022 Growing up, I occasionally heard and eventually internalized a mom-ism about appropriate humility: “Don’t toot your own horn.” Classmates would put it more tersely: “Don’t brag.” I learned that scripture says the same thing and even provides a few stories featuring obnoxious braggarts. These stories … Continue reading Braggart

Risen Indeed

Saturday, April 16, 2022 What time is it? What day is it? What does the future hold for us? Does anyone know what the future holds? What can we actually know? Whose claims about the future should we accept? Which voices should we heed?    As for the future … Continue reading Risen Indeed

Courtesy of Constantine

Monday, April 11th, 2022 Subtitle: Constantine, Constantine, and Two of the Four Greatest Bible Manuscripts  Categorize this under ’tis strange and yet true.  Curiously, one name keeps popping to the surface as I research the history of the B-I-B-L-E: Constantine. If you wonder if I am referring to the … Continue reading Courtesy of Constantine

Support Staff

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Have you ever heard about the time the vagabond tribes of Israel went to battle against the Amalekites? For some curious reason it was crucially important for Moses to continuously hold up his wooden staff (“the staff of God”) during the battle. If his arms … Continue reading Support Staff

Four Words

Sunday, February 27, 2022 The first four words of Isaiah 43:10 are etched in white capital letters into the black tile walls of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: YOU ARE MY WITNESSES. And, lest you have any doubt that the reference is indeed to that passage of scripture, … Continue reading Four Words

Ears or Body?

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Body or ears? Ears or body? Just the ears or the whole body? Originally, did the verse say body? Or did the verse originally say ears? When first written, did the author write body or ears? That is today’s contentious theological question. What did the … Continue reading Ears or Body?

Ezekiel Versus Jesus

December 17, 2021 A “dead man walking” mournfully foretold the forthcoming doom of his onlookers, their children, and the entire city. His prophecy of eventual doom might have come as a surprise to those who overheard it, because it seemed to contradict what another prominent prophet had once promised … Continue reading Ezekiel Versus Jesus

A Privileged Position

December 15, 2021 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in … Continue reading A Privileged Position

How to Spot a Creep

Monday, September 27, 2021 Jude _:4 The Epistle of Jude, the next-to-last book of New Testament, has only one chapter. Its fourth verse says: For certain individuals have crept in unnoticed, those who long ago were designated for such condemnation, irreverent sorts, who pervert the grace of our God … Continue reading How to Spot a Creep

The Smug and the Lazy

Friday, September 17, 2021 Two problematic, contrary strains exist within American Evangelicalism. The first is a smug, smarter-than-thou, prejudicial and elitist intellectualism. The second is a lazy can’t-and-won’t-be-bothered-to-think anti-intellectualism. Both are bad. Both are a persistent threat to the growth of a disciple’s faith.    Which is the more … Continue reading The Smug and the Lazy

Opus Alienum Dei

Monday, July 19, 2021 Opus Alienum Dei translates from Latin as the “alien works of God” or the “strange works of God.” Here I use the phrase in an interpretive sense, where and when it is applied to five pivotal historcial events which, at first glance, hardly seem like … Continue reading Opus Alienum Dei

Heptads of History

Monday, July 5, 2021 To make sense of the Book of Revelation, a careful reader must necessarily grapple with four consecutive, structural sets of seven: four literary heptads in succession. The word heptad is specialized shorthand for structural sets of seven; it derives from the Greek word ἑπτά, which … Continue reading Heptads of History

Hearsay

Friday, June 25, 2021 After a worship service a few weeks ago, I deliberately lingered in the pews to socialize for a while. An attorney friend approached me, as he occasionally does. He always makes for an interesting conversation partner. Sometimes, though, we disagree about this or that. A … Continue reading Hearsay

God Cannot

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Although He strongly desires to do so, sometimes God will not intervene in a situation unless a mediator — an intercessor —approaches the Throne to request His intervention. And although it may sound unorthodox (and perhaps even heretical), it may even be accurate to say … Continue reading God Cannot

The BBC & Jonah

Saturday, June 12, 2021 Last night while browsing the BBC news, I came across an article about a scuba diver who was momentarily “swallowed” by a Humpback whale off the coast of Massachusetts. This morning, after handing her a cup of coffee, I told my wife about the article. … Continue reading The BBC & Jonah

Sacrificial Love

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 The true measure of how much someone loves us is the extent to which they will embrace genuine sacrifice for us. We know that intuitively. We know that someone loves us if and when that person will sacrifice of their time, their resources, their attention, … Continue reading Sacrificial Love

Parrot Polycarp

Thursday, June 3, 2021 Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna was a mere middle man. Polycarp stuck slavishly to Paul. Polycarp demonstrated little to no originality. For the most part, he just parroted whatever the Apostle Paul once said. When he wrote his pastoral epistle to the Church in Philippi, Bishop … Continue reading Parrot Polycarp

A Bad Guest

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 This past weekend my wife and I attended a long-delayed wedding. For well over six months, the dread virus had prevented the betrothed couple from publicly exchanging their wedding vows. Nonetheless, after patiently (or impatiently) enduring the pandemic-imposed pause, they had made it to the … Continue reading A Bad Guest

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Here in creative confines of cyberspace I call myself the DeKrakenator, which has nothing to do with the terrifying underwater Kraken creatures, but is just a theatrical spin on my surname. I am an aspiring theologian: I aspire to know Jesus Christ and make him known. About twenty years ago I acquired a degree or two from the most reputable seminary in all of human history, a multi-denominational seminary in Pasadena, California, located not far at all from the Rose Parade route. My family and I live far, far away from there now, though, as events served to transplant us somewhere in the northern reaches of fly-over America. We are members (in good standing, currently, hopefully) of a local, multi-ethnic evangelical church. At that same local church, I occasionally attempt to make myself useful, albeit with varying degrees of success. Over the years, I have gathered a lot of theological and historical books. Impressively, I have even read some of those books. Someone once told me that dogs, with their keen sense of smell, can judge character well. So, for what it’s worth, dogs seem to like me. At least, ours do, provided I feed them. I have dabbled in photography, but am not especially photogenic myself. Bald is not necessarily beautiful. When the pandemic put everyone in lockdown, I was bored, so I took up blogging. I hope you find my blog intensely thought-provoking, utterly compelling, and immensely edifying. If you do, you ought to immediately subscribe to it. That is all I have to say about me and my blog. Thank you for your attentiveness.

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