Author Archives: R.P. Nettelhorst

About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild

The Great Revolt

I believe Revelation 13:1-10 is set during the time of the Jewish Revolt, between 66 and 70 AD, which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, and more significantly, according to the ancient historian Josephus, the death of … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the day when Jesus came to Jerusalem so he could die.  The disciples thought he was coming to set himself up on the throne of David as king.  They imagined that the kingdom of God was like … Continue reading

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We cannot control the behavior of other people.  One of the things we briefly touched in last week’s A Mirror Darkly webcast was the question of free will and how that relates to God’s omniscience. In the movie Bruce Almighty, … Continue reading

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We do not usually interpret the Bible literally. Anymore than we interpret much of anything we encounter in print literally. Consider Psalm 91:1-4 as an example: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know

Toward the end of Paul’s famous chapter on love in 1 Corinthians 13, he comments that: “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, … Continue reading

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Who’s in Charge?

The author of Ecclesiastes writes: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and … Continue reading

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For the Love of God

Telling people how to vote and getting angry at those who vote differently than you do, or who have beliefs different than yours is not the answer. Democrats are not all alike. Republicans are not all alike. Not all Democrats … Continue reading

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A Hammer and Sickle Is Not an Appropriate Fashion Accessory

Tyler, the Creator, who was nominated for Best Rap Album of the year for Flower Boy, showed up on the Grammy’s red carpet wearing a Russian hat, known as the ushanka, with a Sickle and Hammer soviet symbol on the … Continue reading

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Money Well Spent

According to CNN, Americans love buying lottery tickets. They spent more than 80 billion dollars on them in 2016. That’s more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books — combined. The budget for NASA in … Continue reading

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October 31 is Halloween, a favorite holiday of children, when they get to go out trick or treating dressed as ghosts and goblins. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. But October 31 can also be remembered for another reason. On October 31, … Continue reading

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