Forty Nine Backtracks + Bio

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

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

God-Forsaken Location

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Its precise latitude and longitude coordinates criss-cross at 31 degrees, 46 minutes, 41.2176 seconds north of the equator; and 35 degrees, 14 minutes, 9.5748 seconds east of the prime meridian. Many years ago, long before those coordinates had any meaning at all, heaven and earth … Continue reading God-Forsaken Location

Fear and Hatred

Thursday, April 22, 2021 In Proverbs 8:13a (a = the first half of the couplet) personified Lady Wisdom declares that the fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Welcome back to 7th grade! Consider this a remedial crash course in middle school English Grammar and Usage. In American … Continue reading Fear and Hatred

Horrible Hal

Sunday, April 11, 2021 According to a well-positioned and entirely reliable informant, a popular theology instructor at a local educational institution once believed that Jesus Christ was likely to return to Earth before the end of 1988. Someone had convinced him that the re-establishment of the State of Israel … Continue reading Horrible Hal

Does It Belong?

Thursday, April 8, 2021 Does the Book of Revelation actually belong in the Bible?  For a while, the canonical status of the Book of Revelation was debated. From the second century to the early fourth century of the Church, Christian leaders were divided on whether the Book of Revelation … Continue reading Does It Belong?

Propeller Beanie

Thursday, March 25, 2021 The Book of Revelation matters. It matters more than most people realize. The Book of Revelation matters more than most people realize because some of the key events which it describes are current events. Revelation symbolically describes events that you are likely to watch on … Continue reading Propeller Beanie

Hollow and Hallow

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 To start, a multiple choice quiz question: Among all possible candidates, who or what is first designated as holy in the Bible? You might want to read that question again, since the wording matters and may determine whether you get the right answer. The words … Continue reading Hollow and Hallow

How Herman Hears

Friday, February 5, 2021 What the Apostle Paul says about the Second Coming of Christ can and should be taken literally. Literally, you should read Paul’s writings literally (most of the time). What John the Apocalyptic Narrator says about the Second Coming of Christ should (almost always) be taken … Continue reading How Herman Hears

Crass Literalism

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Within the last week, one of my readers asked me to cover the thirteenth chapter of Mark. If I am not mistaken, I think that reader wants me to interact with what the Right Reverend N.T. Wright has written about Mark Chapter 13. This, then, … Continue reading Crass Literalism

Humiliation

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 If you are reading this to see how I will attempt to refute the Right Reverend N.T. Wright on the question and reality of the Rapture, please feel free to skip past the historical stuff about Antiochus Epiphanes that follows immediately hereafter, interesting though it … Continue reading Humiliation

Inoculated Against

Sunday, January 31, 2021 Thirty years ago, I asked a young defense attorney if he had ever won an acquittal for a defendant he knew without doubt to be guilty. He gave me an easy yes, and explained that he had prepared a believable but bogus line of defense, … Continue reading Inoculated Against

Discern the Days

Monday, January 25th, 2021 Yesterday I went to a nearby church to hear a twenty-something-year-old pastor preach. His message ranks as one of the best I have heard in a long time. He preached about the urgent necessity of self-disciplined discernment — discernment pertaining to various news sources, including … Continue reading Discern the Days

Audacity

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 Sometimes you should not show your cards. Sometimes you should. Most of the time you only show the select cards that you believe will benefit you. But both my amateur observations and this card-shark analogy hinge on the presumption that you, the player, are completely … Continue reading Audacity

Figurative Fig

Jesus once cursed a fig tree with the words, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” The next morning, the tree was withered away to its roots, which shocked his disciples. Yes, this is a weird and disturbing portrayal of Jesus. And it is weird and disturbing … Continue reading Figurative Fig

Bridesmaids, Beware

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Sometimes what comes immediately before and what comes immediately after explains that something in between so much better. A frustrated reader can spend hours or even more trying to figure out what a section or particular passage means, but to no avail — none whatsoever. … Continue reading Bridesmaids, Beware

Mistaken Matthew?

When I read to children, I sometimes mis-read and mis-represent things. I stumble clumsily over what is plainly put in print. Sometimes I omit words. Sometimes I insert words that are not there. Sometimes I deliberately mispronounce words. But my mis-reading is all a big farce. I am merely … Continue reading Mistaken Matthew?

Why Frogs?

In Revelation 16:13-15, our vision narrator John sees three unclean spirits like frogs jump, or perhaps, ooze out of the mouths of the abysmal, evil pseudo-trinity. Whether they emerge simultaneously or each in turn, these three unclean frog-like spirits slip from the mouth of the serpentine Dragon, from the … Continue reading Why Frogs?

Wonder Woman

As a rule and whenever possible, I use Scripture to interpret Scripture. That’s especially true with the Book of Revelation. Revelation is constantly referencing prior Scripture. Once an interpreter gets a hold of that fact, interpretation of Revelation becomes a matter of looking back to the scriptural allusions and … Continue reading Wonder Woman

Death, Good and Bad

Try a counter-intuitive approach. Sometimes, surprisingly, it works. Go the opposite direction you might otherwise be inclined to go. Counter-intuit it. Sometimes the best way to approach a confusing passage or theme in Revelation is to flip it upside down or inside out. Sometimes the best interpretation of a … Continue reading Death, Good and Bad

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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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