Welcome to Frames of Reference
Why are we here? To discuss the Bible, politics, science, and religion — not simply reporting news, but how it fits together to affect your life. We’ll frequently refer to a 3AM phone call — you might remember Hillary Clinton’s political ad.
It’s 3AM and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something’s happening in the world … who do you want answering the phone?
How does a political ad relate to your Christian life? At 3AM you don’t have anyone to lean on — you’ve got what you’ve got. Are you prepared? Or living in The Matrix?
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One problem stemming from the heresy of replacement theology is Christians cut themselves off from additional understanding the Jewish people provide.
Continue reading Get the Jewish Perspective.
Our town’s water is legendary for its badness. It’s hard as a rock, and tends to eat through almost anything, leaving brown stains and disintegrated metal behind. It’s not unsafe, but not very appealing either, containing lots of iron and minerals.
Continue reading Water Heaters Aren’t Just Appliances, They’re Adventures.
Some people desire to reconcile the six-day creation from Genesis with evolution’s billions of years. Appearing impossible to reconcile does not prevent people from making the attempt; suppose a period of time existed not detailed in the Bible — a gap between events? Maybe we can cram evolution in that space.
Continue reading The Gap Theory.
It’s popular to combine the theory of evolution with Genesis. One method used to accomplish that claims each “day” in Genesis could be billions of years, as the Hebrew word yom can mean age or other period of time.
Continue reading Day-age Theory of Creation.
It seems every submarine movie includes standard scenes. After the opening credits the sub cruises at normal depth — the crew relaxed and having fun. Later during combat, the sub sinks — past crush depth, pegging the depth gauge. All is feared lost.
Continue reading Captain, We’re Passing Crush Depth!.
When bad things happen — and they do — being able to make sense of them provides comfort to some people. Ultimately we don’t know why events unfold as they do. After all, we’re not God. But are you turning to the latest best-seller fad blowing through the church — or the OEM — for direction?
Continue reading Having a Bad Day?.
I read many blogs and news sites. Political, conservative, liberal, theological, atheist, science, and more. It’s important to be well-rounded and consider ideas from different views you might not have considered before. In doing so, I discover a lot of rather strange stuff, really off-the-wall tin-foil hat kinds of things.
Continue reading What is the Gospel?.
I read many articles on Bible translation, and am amazed at some of the strange reasons people use to promote their version. While the KJV remains the undisputed superior Bible text in English, it’s not infallible, and some reasons its supporters use are … well … just silly.
Continue reading Bible Translation Silliness.
No matter what you think about global warming, everyone agrees Al Gore remains a polarizing figure promoting his global warming dogma. Surprisingly, the Goracle provides valuable lessons applicable to your Christian life, and shows global warming isn’t all hot air.
Continue reading What Al Gore and Ed Begley Can Teach You In 2014.
The best Bible you can have is a 1967 Scofield Bible for all the reasons I’ve discussed in my primer on Bible Translation. It’s Textus-Receptus based, ignoring the corrupt Westcott-Hort (also known as UBS or Nestle-Aland) text. Sadly, it seems to go in and out of print, so what should a discerning Bible student use?
Continue reading Bible Review: KJV Scofield III — Is It The Best?.
A friend of mine posted an article Go and do the same regarding how we assist others in the church going through tough times. She’s polite and tactful in her article; I’m more direct and aren’t interested in ruffling feathers so I can say what she danced around: the church has ADD (attention deficit disorder).
Continue reading The Church Has ADHD.
Headlines in the last few months reveal an administration failing to tell the truth, spies on citizens, and believes using drones to kill American citizens is acceptable. Not to mention quantitative easing, promoting debauchery, and more. As our country continues to slouch toward Gomorrah, many wonder how the ship can be turned around. How can we possibly get enough people to return to correct values?
Continue reading The 3% Solution.
A new promotion about nationalized healthcare (aka “Obamacare”) has hit social media. I’m not going to enter the politics of Obamacare as you might be for it, or against it; either way that’s not the issue with this campaign.
Continue reading Health Ad Campaign — This Can’t Be Real.
Thinking clearly isn’t always trivial. Even so-called experts, teachers, and professors easily make errors in critical thinking. One common error is the refusal to abandon ideas conflicting with reality, as George Orwell in his book “1984” described the problem DoubleThink.
Continue reading Logic 101 — Avoiding DoubleThink.
The words heretic and apostate get tossed around a bit. Since we discuss various heresies it’s important to know what the words mean, as well as what they don’t. Christians tend to use them as an insult — when someone gets mad and they want to say something nasty, they throw out the h-word.
Continue reading Buzzword Bingo — Heretics and Apostates.