Was Junia a woman apostle?
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. (Romans 16:7 NKJ) At the end of February 2023, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) announced it had kicked out Saddleback church. The reason for its removal is that the California megachurch, founded by Rick Warren, had appointed three women as...Comments 0
Paganism, the new-old religions
Have you heard of the new Paganism? The word “Pagan” is the name for the religions that came before Christianity, mostly in the Roman Empire and Northern Europe. The old Norse gods, like Odin and Thor are popular in fiction today; in comics, cartoons, and movies. The old religions died when large numbers of people converted to Christianity, many centuries ago. The expansion of...
Are Religious Debates Fruitful?
By Dr. Michael Brown For the last 40 years, I have engaged in scores of public debates on religious subjects, sometimes drawing passionate, standing room only crowds. But are the debates actually fruitful? Do they bring more heat than light? Do they really change anyone’s mind? By the end of this week, I will have engaged in two major debates, one in London at...
Politicians try to criminalize sharing the Gospel in Israel
A piece of legislation was recently introduced into Israel’s Knesset or parliament that would make it illegal for anyone to share their faith in Israel. If passed, anyone convicted of sharing the gospel by word or any other medium such as the printed page, radio, internet or TV could be sentenced to one year in prison. This would be increased to two years, if...
ER doctor admits ‘This was a miracle’
CBN recently had the story of incredible healing and what made the testimony even more intriguing is that it was given by Dr. Landon D. Vinson, M.D, who was a first-hand witness of what took place in a video along with Rev. Randy DePriest, the pastor of First Assembly of God in Coffeyville, Kansas. Vinson serves in the emergency room at Coffeyville Regional Medical...
Was a heart attack part of God’s providential care?
I just wanted to get you a bit of a health update. In late February, both my wife and I were pretty excited when I got a call asking if I was available last minute for a knee replacement operation. I suspect there had been a last-minute cancellation. It was providential. My knee was steadily worsening, and all the more remarkable considering I had...
So much religion. Did we just make it up?
So, is religion just something that we made up? Are the Atheists correct, do we invent “spiritual” things to make us feel better? Yes. There is a story here, and it’s worth knowing: Jupiter by Jove. Here are some other god words: deity, dios, dieu, Zeus; or some very old names like Deva, Deywos, and Dyo. We also have Jupiter and Jove, and a...
Israel’s red heifers will soon be of age
Orthodox Jews were excited about the arrival of five red heifers in Israel last fall as they are a necessary step in preparing for the construction of a third temple in Jerusalem. CBN reports, that the excitement is mounting as the red heifers have still not developed off-color hairs, white or black, that would disqualify them for the ritual sacrifice. The ashes from the...
I just wanted to give you a bit of an update on why there there has been a drop off in posts on opentheword.org. Early last week Monday, March 6, 2023, I went into the hospital for elective surgery which quickly and unexpectedly became much more serious. This resulted in me being unable to write. Thankfully, the more serious underlying health issue has been...
The Warning Signs of Toxic Religion
By J. Lee Grady After Elisha watched Elijah ascend into heaven, the prophet went to the city of Jericho and performed his first miracle. The men of that city faced an environmental crisis: Their water was toxic, most likely because of the sulphur and other chemicals that had rained down upon nearby Sodom and Gomorrah years earlier. This poison had made the land barren (see...