In the First Year of Belshazzar…

The following is a paper written for a seminary class. The prompt was to write a detailed exposition of the vision recorded in Daniel 7.   Introduction The prophecies in the book of Daniel are among those most hotly contested regarding authenticity in all the Bible because of their remarkable accuracy in predicting the future. Beyond that, some are also the most difficult to understand because they employ unexplained metaphors to the extreme. The vision in Daniel 7 is one such prophecy. This paper will undertake to accurately summarize the vision, then interpret its various forms, relating the literal meaning … [Read more]

The Rapture According to John Walvoord

The following is a short paper written for a seminary class. The prompt was “Survey writings of Dr. John F. Walvoord on eschatology in 1 & 2 Thessalonians; write a summary and your reflections.” Enjoy!   Introduction Dr. John F. Walvoord was, by any standard, a massive intellect. His impact on Dallas Seminary needs no explication. The prolific nature of his contribution to the published world, particularly concerning prophecy, is rivaled by few if any. This paper will first undertake to summarize Dr. Walvoord’s basic views on the end times, primarily the rapture and its biblical grounding in 1 Thessalonians, … [Read more]

I Want a Wife

“God’s got the perfect person in mind for you.” I’ve heard this advice more than once in the last week. Here’s the thing… I desire marriage and family. Those are undeniably things I want. I’ve actually had the thought “I want a child,” more times than the thought “I want a wife,” but I want both. Lately I’ve been having a lot of talks with friends about marriage, and singleness. I’ve been thinking a lot about it for myself, considering the pros and cons of each possibility, considering the scriptures, particularly 1 Corinthians 7, and considering what it would be … [Read more]

Yes You Are Black

You may have seen a video that’s been floating around Facebook for a few years. It starts out with the tantalizing phrase “I am not black.” Here’s a link to the video on YouTube , and here’s a link to the artist’s (Prince EA) webpage . It’s a compelling little video, definitely worth watching, but with both eyes open! It is a huge mix of great and horrible. There is truth in it, and there are massive and dangerous lies in it. I figured as an exercise for myself, as well as for instruction, I would deconstruct this video and … [Read more]

Correlating the Spiritual Gifts Passages

Introduction There are four classic passages in the Bible that clearly mention the gifts of the spirit, as they are popularly understood in church circles today. The following is a brief correlation and explanatory analysis of these four passages, preceding a short applicational summary. The Passages The four passages in question are Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31[1]; Ephesians 4:7-12; and 1 Peter 4:10-11. These five passages share very few common features. The only thread that ties them all together is the fact that certain gifts, offices, or practices are listed and these offices, gifts, or practices seem to coincide with … [Read more]