Can Christians Be Possessed by Demons? Exorcism, Fallen Angels, and Invisible Enemies

Image by Stefan Binder Though raised in a Christian home, I was always drawn and attracted to evil and the demonic. It was innocent, many would say. I wanted to watch Pumpkin Head, Poltergeist, and other such horror flicks. But once I started hearing voices, seeing looming figures in the dark, floating objects, and the same disturbing dream every night for months. Pastors prayed over me and the house on many occasions. But it wasn’t until I rejected... Read More

Prophecy—A Christian’s Crystal Ball? Thoughts on Discerning God’s Voice from Among Men

Image by CubaGallery Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Marmaduke, Andy Capp, and the Horoscopes. More or less in that order. Was Calvin going to conquer some new universe? Should Garfield go on a diet? Was I going to have a good day? Should I have stayed in bed? What better way to start my morning than a few laughs, and a blueprint for how my day would go? If I wanted to get real serious, the night before I could call a late night hotline, and get... Read More

Temptation: Rethinking Christ, Adam, and Our Everyday Battle with Desire and Sin

Standing upon the precipice and glimpsing over the edge, thousands of kingdoms lay in sight. All of these powers collectively held all the wealth, power, and authority of the world. And they could all be his. They could be his. If only one simple action were taken—If he would bend his knee to that ancient evil, Lucifer. Christ had gotten himself into quite the predicament. How could he resist such an offer? Temptation is no simple thing. Nor is... Read More

That Old Serpent the Devil: The Origin of Evil and the Corruption of Men’s Hearts

In the flashing moment when all was created, one being emerged more elevated and godlike than all the rest. This ancient beast goes by many names long forgotten and unspoken by the tongues of men. He is known as Baha’i Faith, Yazidi, Angra Mainyu, Azazel, and Sammael. But more commonly this most high being is known today as the Devil, Satan, or Lucifer. He was created as the most high angel, second only to God in power. Yet with all his vastness... Read More

Sir, Put Down the Ghetto Latte and Get a Latte: Thoughts on Theft in the 21st century

Starbucks is my second home. Or perhaps it’s my first. I spend, on average, eight hours a day at my local coffee emporium. It has been this way for some seven years. I was never really a coffee drinker, but as a college student with an ambition for a high GPA, I soon fell in love. With all the coffee that I have bought over the years, I honestly don’t want to know how much money I have spent. No doubt I would be depressed at the luxurious... Read More

I Am Fire of Fire: The Ancient Church’s View on Demons

Every wisp of smoke and every creaking branch created images of creatures which dwelt in the dark.  Uttering some garbled ancient language long forgotten, these creatures did not just exist in the imagination of frightened young children pulling their covers to their eyes or in the paranoid and trepid man walking some dark and lonely path through the woods at night.  These demons were real. Despite our modern notions, which undoubtedly think the... Read More

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