September, 2010 Archive

If God is one, why does the Bible refer to Him in the plural?

How could the Israelites be fiercely monotheistic and yet refer to their God using the plural Elohim? First, this cannot be explained away as a “royal plural” or “plural of majesty.” Biblical Hebrew knows of no other instance in which a first-person plural is used to refer solely to the speaker. Furthermore, while the Bible […]

D-Day Declarations Revisited

I was doing some research, for my book Has God Spoken, and in doing that research, I went back and read the fall 1995 edition of the Christian Research Journal, which had an article that was entitled, “D-Day Declarations.” The prophet at that time was John Hinkle, the platform was the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and […]

Must Christians Change the Method and the Message of the Gospel to Free it from Inculturation?

I want to start the broadcast by talking about the new Christians. In fact, there is a book I just read by Tony Jones called The New Christians, it’s subtitled, “Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier”. What’s interesting to read in this book is a clarion call that not only the methods of Christianity must change […]

Is America In Bible Prophecy?

We start today’s broadcast with a Facebook question from Sean, who asks, “Hank is America mentioned in the Bible?”   The answer is, of course, no, America is not mentioned in the Bible, only prophecy pundits with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other find the U.S. in biblical prophecy.   […]

What is Hebrews 7:3 saying about Melchizedek?

We start the broadcast today with a Facebook question from Richard who writes, “I would love help understanding what Hebrews 7:3 is communicating?” Of course that is the very enigmatic passage that you find concerning Melchizedek. He is described as “king of righteousness, and “king of Salem,” which means king of peace” (Heb. 7:2). He […]

Is the Trinity biblical?

While it has become increasingly popular to suggest that the doctrine of the Trinity is derived from pagan sources, in reality, this Christian essential is thoroughly biblical. The word “Trinity”—like “incarnation”— is not found in Scripture; however, it aptly codifies what God has condescended to reveal to us about his nature and being. In short, […]

Why do Christians worship on Sunday rather than on the Sabbath?

Although some Christian traditions denounce Sunday worship as the end time “mark of the beast,” there are good reasons why millions of Christians gather on the first day of the week for worship. First, in remembrance of the resurrection the early Christian church changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. Within weeks, thousands […]

How should Christians respond to Halloween?

Myriad questions surround Halloween. Should we participate? Accommodate? Or should we vigorously denounce Halloween? To answer such questions, it’s helpful to view Halloween from the perspective of history. First, we should recognize that Halloween is indeed rooted in the ancient Celtic feast of Samhain (sah-ween). The Druids believed that on the eve of Samhain the […]

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Every year around Christmas time, serious concerns are voiced regarding the validity of celebrating Christmas. Some note that the origins of Christmas are pagan, others point out that the Bible overtly denounces Christmas trees as idolatrous, and still others suggest that Santa Claus is a dangerous fairy tale. In response let me first acknowledge that […]