Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 11:18-30] The Church In Antioch

Expulsion of the Jews in the Reign of the Emperor Hadrian CE 135

The Church In Antioch Acts 11:18-30 (NRSV) 19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen [had] traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. 20 But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, … Read more

Acts Devotional Commentary [Acts 11:1-18] Peter’s Report to the Church at Jerusalem

The Circumcision of Isaac

Peter’s Report to the Church at Jerusalem Acts 11:1-18 (NRSV) Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat … Read more

Pastors Refusing To Isolate Are Getting Sick And Dying

Gerald Glenn Richmond Virginia Pastor Coronavirus

As a Christian it is hard to watch pastors across the country refuse to shut down Sunday services and gatherings, putting large numbers of congregants at danger. Even worse, some congregants and pastors have actually died already from this selfish behavior. Today I read of the death of the (self-appointed?) Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, who … Read more

Do Leviticus 11:6 & Deuteronomy 14:7 Contain A Factual Error About Rabbits Chewing Cud?

The Black Hare

About Leviticus 11:5-6 & Deuteronomy 14:7 A number of biblical inerrantists have attempted to address the matter of rabbits chewing cud but I have never really found their answers to be satisfactory. It seems that most of the apologetics professionals around the web are basically regurgitating the same theories (bad pun intended). Nevertheless, let us … Read more

Who Was Ishtar and What is Her Connection to Easter?

Old-Babylonian Plaque of Ishtar

By now, many people are aware that Ishtar has nothing to do with Easter. However, there are still a number of Bible teachers, such as Chick.com and LastTrumpetMinistries who preach that Easter is derived from the cult of Ishtar. Is there a reason for this myth? What about the Easter symbols, like bunnies and eggs? … Read more