In Defense of Freedom

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In Defense of Freedom By Dr. Dorothee Cole “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain  a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” – Benjamin Franklin Since 9/11, our world has changed dramatically. It may not be so obvious in the average person’s life but …

Ezekiel’s Vision: Who is on the Throne?

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Ezekiel’s Vision: Who is on the Throne? By Dr. Brad Cole Ezekiel’s vision of the four living creatures and the “wheel within a wheel” contains some of the most complex imagery in the entire bible. Some have even speculated that what Ezekiel actually saw was a UFO! Is this vision …

God’s Kingdon Versus Transformers

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God’s Kingdom Versus Transformers By Dr. Brad Cole We recently had the unenviable “opportunity” to watch Transformers 3, a movie that Roger Ebert gave one star and described as “a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more …

Christians and Their Spineless God

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Christians and Their Spineless God By Dr. Sigve Tonstad About the year 175 in the Christian era, perhaps in the year 177, a new book hit the bookstores in the Roman World. The emperor at that time was Marcus Aurelius, notable for his enlightened beliefs but also for allowing persecution of …

Silence in Heaven

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Silence in Heaven By Dr. Sigve Tonstad When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour (Rev 8:1). This is a strange text, to say the least.  It is also a text that knows more than it says, a detail from the …

Joel’s Locusts and ‘The Divine Destroyer’

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Joel’s Locusts and The Divine Destroyer By Dr. Brad Cole The book of Joel is an intimidating little book of only three chapters. Despite the brevity, it is a difficult book to ignore considering the frequent New Testament references to Joel. Peter quotes Joel to explain the outpouring of the …

Lord Acton on Freedom

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Lord Acton on Freedom By Dr. Brad Cole During the last 2 weeks, Dr. Sigve Tonstad, in his class on the book of Revelation, has extensively quoted the words of Lord (Sir Harold) Acton. Lord Acton had a keen understanding of freedom, a word that is frequently championed, but yet …

The Bible: Story or List of Doctrines?

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The Bible: Story or List of Doctrines? By Dr. Brad Cole The Bible is often read as a book that provides a compilation of doctrines –  – do this and don’t do this. Reading the Bible in this way can easily become a process of trying to make an air tight list …

God and Hachiko

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God and Hachiko By Dr. Brad Cole Akita Inu is a rare breed of dog that originates from Japan. DNA analysis has revealed that these highly intelligent dogs are among the most ancient breeds in the world. Although the Akita Inu is known for several unique characteristics, they are renowned …

I Just Want to Study

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I Just Want to Study By Dr. Brad Cole Life is full of transitions, some more dramatic than others. Having children interjects many of these transitions into life. For example, the first day of Kindergarten for each of our three children marked a dramatic transition in their lives and ours. …