Thinking About Last year

really, the enormity of it just hit me.

I wrote commentary on the Bible this year. And if all of you followed the instructions on how to set up your Bible software to take down commentary, you would have been able to copy and paste those sections you felt were an “aha!” moment.

Me. Grumpy ol’ Philip Dean.

You’re only as good as your Bible tools. So, there’s quite a few tools I place high priority on. It’s all a matter of finances, I guess.

I’ve taught, in the last 15 months, how to study the Bible, to preach, how to put together a Baptist church, how to pastor, how to research and study the Bible, and even how to start an apologetics blog.

If you’re interested in these topics, I urge you to go back into the archives anmd study them. I’m surprised that nobody has left a comment that “I’ve felt the call of God into the Ministry, and I found your blog… it’s been a help!”

Truly, over the last 4 years of this blog, I’ve written a lot of articles. There must be SOMETHING that will help you!

What’s Next 2017

Preparation. I’m going to work in two directions at once, writing down info on how to prepare your life for the Rapture, info for those who will be left behind what to do, and also, for Pastors, how to prepare your congregations.

I’ll still work on the Expository study of the Bible – it’s crucial, I think. But for the most part, I think this is an area that needs to be dealt with.

I’ve been crying out for Christianity to wake up for several years. Absolutely, I’ve prayed for it, and invited you all to do the same. And Christians world wide since November have made the same comment – “It’s as if we’ve been asleep, and suddenly woken up.”

“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; Awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?” (Isaiah 51:9, KJV)

I have to believe it just happened.

So, now we’ve got to get busy!

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:12–14, KJV)

2017 – What’s Next?

Well, oddly, everything I said I wanted to get to in 2016 I never got to!

The articles on Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age never got done. But I think I’ve turned a corner in this ministry where although false religions and cults will continue to be addressed, the time for month long articles may be passed. I had no intention of redoing the Roman Catholic series this year, but evefrything piled up on me, and I needed a month off. So, I reposted most of that series. Besides, a Roman Catholic challenged me, so, hey… there you go.

I’m thinking along the lines of 2017 being where I finally get more like many other Christian ministries and giving commentary on the news and news issues. I’d also like to re-address church planting, revitalizing, Homiletics (how to preach). And it’s really funny, but some of my old articles are still being read a lot, so I may have to give added info on the Rapture, word faith, speaking in tongues, etc.

If there’s something in particular you’d like me to write on… this might be a good time to comment!

Black Friday Hopes

Having a small amount of money to spend, today Logos is having a huge sale. I’m hoping to really outfit my library. I’m praying to get the upgrade to Logos 7 Starter. I’m going to get the Standard and not the Baptist this time, as I was woefully disappointed in some of the representative Baptist works they chose. Logos tends to be New Calvinists, ranging from theological liberals (the so-called scholars they’ve hired) to theological moderates (the people who choose what is included in the Logos packages).

THe upgrade for me, since I have Logos 6 Baptist Starter, is only 163.99

Sadly, I don’t have that much.

Really, what I need is the Bronze package, but that’s $700, and I don’t have anything close to that. And unless I start working a part time job, I’m not going to afford that ever.

But today, they’re having 64% discounts, so pray for me.

I’m praying for:

  • Logos 7 Starter
  • Bible Knowledge Commentary
  • several modern Bible perversions I need for my blog and seminary work, such as the Compete “Jewish” Bible, The Nearly Inspired Version (NIV), The Reviled Substandard Version (RSV), the New Reprehensible Sorry Version (NRSV).

I seriously doubt that I could afford Bronze. 64% would put that at $448. I think that’s about $56 a month, which isn’t doable either.

So, Lord, please… whaever small mercies and blessings you can bestow on me will be wonderful.

Doctoral Dissertation

Okay, I am stumped. What do I write about for a doctoral dissertation?

Yesterday I read through the Doctoral program specifications – no retakes of tests. Minimum passing grade is 75% on a test. Dissertation requires 25 sources quoted at least 3 times.

And I have not a clue what to write about. I’m starting now, because I’ve got my thesis going, and that’s a huge issue right there. At first, I was almost paralyzed on my Thesis, as they required 10 sources quoted 3 times.

So, any suggestions? When I asked what to write about for my thesis, I just had two people click “like”, but no suggestions.

I’ve considered writing on the Bible version issue, since I’ve already done a great deal of research on it. My Seminary does not have the “plagiarism” rule against using your own previously done research (I had no idea until yesterday many seminaries consider that to be plagiarism, as you’re copying yourself!). The important thing is that you simply SHOW YOUR WORK.

Let’s see… some possible ideas are…

  • Christ as High Priest in Hebrews
  • Christ as Last Adam in Romans
  • The Divisions and Functions of Der Taryag Mitzvos in the Old Testament (sorry about the Yiddish – I still mentally resort to that when discussing the 5 books of Moses. Der Taryag Mitzvos is the 613 commandments, and it was how the Lubavitcher Rebbe referred to them, instead of Ha’Taryag Mitzvot, which is Hebrew)
  • Textual Criticism, Theological LIberalism and The Bible Version Issue
  • Messianic Gentiles and the “one Law” heresy
  • Theological errors of Roman Catholicism
  • Theological Errors of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Why 1976-1977 were the greatest years in the 20th century
  • Why Creepy Circus Clowns should be outlawed

Okay, I’m degenerating into nonsense now. I almost put down “Effects of the Evangelizing of Asia after Iesu Tokugawa’s Shogunate”, but that’s really showing off what a complete nerd I am.

Seriously, give me some ideas. The first two I’ve done a lot of research on, and they’re crucial Biblical themes – but the number of sources for them falls way below the requirements of 25 sources. LIke, perhaps 3 sources. Leaving me searching vainly for the other 22.

I’m leaning towarads the Bible version issue.

Suggest some topics!!! Please!

My Cat

Well, I made my cup of coffee. It took 5 minutes to sit down, because my cat has developed this fixation of standing motionless with his tail wrapped around my leg. Then he’ll take three steps, and repeat this. He’ll do this sometimes as long as seven minutes.

Had a sinus headache, so took some pills, got my coffee and sat down.

My cat comes jumping into my lap before I get the chance to put my blanket on, and it’s cold.

He right away is kneading the blanket, which is bunched up in my lap. So I can’t cover myself up.

Then he turns around and lays down, satisfied.

I’m freezing. And to cover myself to be warm means disturbing him.

Every once in a while, there’s something to be said for owning a dog. “Go lay on your blanket!”

That way I could cover up and be warm.

I’m now out of coffee… and my cat is in a happy deep sleep. And I’m freezing.