Living in Light of the Coming Rapture

It's official! Living in Light of the Coming Rapture is going live! It will hit the book shelves (, that is) at the end of March or early April. I expect it to be available on Kindle at the same time. Within the next several months, it will be available at Barnes and Noble, Kobi (for Sony Readers) and iBooks.

I've sent the book out to a few folks for review. If you're interested in reading about the rapture, both from a technical perspective and for practical understanding, please let me know and I'll send you a sample (I just ask that you submit a review to Amazon if you don't mind!).

More updates to follow. I'm very excited about the opportunity!

Taking the Rapture Live

I've been struggling for awhile about publishing my work on the rapture and living by it. I grew up with the idea that the rapture could happen at any time, and I still believe it could. For some reason though, I'm afraid to release my writing into the world. The world, at least the Christian world, is more hostile to the idea of the rapture than it was when I was a kid, or maybe I just never understood the church world outside of Kansas. Anyway, I've been sitting on my research for a very long time.

My work toward writing about the rapture started on this blog back in November of 2010. Since then I've periodically experimented my ideas on this blog, in Bible studies, in seminary classes, and in general discussion. I have read plenty of books, both supporting my views and discrediting them.

I guess that I'm just afraid that the work will be rejected. It's irrational to say the least. A large proponent of American Christianity strongly believes in the rapture, and dispensationalism on top of that. I just know some will judge. It bothers me.

Still, I think my writing is sound. I've researched the topic, looked at the counterpoints, and I've rewritten my research several times. It's time to set it free and see what happens.

Stand by. Details of the release date will be forthcoming.

A Little God like Me

 I'm reading a book called Gods at War, by Kyle Idleman. In this book, Kyle talks about the idols in our lives. He cuts through the, "I don't make idols argument" pretty quickly and really exposes us for who we are...I should say who I am.

I'm also reading through the Bible right now and passed through Exodus 20 a few days ago. It was a painful read. It was a painful read because I know I have idols in my life...things I'm willing to pursue with all my might that aren't God.

I have a thriving career, for the most part, that takes considerable energy, particularly as I heal from an injury so I can move on to the next chapter in said career. Furthermore, I love my hobby of writing, and from it I have (until now) hoped for some manner of recognition; from preaching as well. There are others as well.

These are, in some ways, little gods unto themselves, and they fight for my attention. However, what it really boils down to is that I am my own little god. My desire for an ever-expanding career, and looking forward to a second career after I retire (in six years) are wrapped up in the rat race that God tells me not to be concerned about. My writing, which should be used only as a ministry to others and a support for the Kingdom, has become an end unto itself. In some ways, preaching became this as well.

Food of course, for those who know me, is also a mess in my life, or rather it makes my life a mess. I worship food. There, I said it. Need I say more? There is more to say. I will refrain.

But in the end, these are just little gods, any of whom could be smashed if they weren't wrapped up in a slightly bigger, but still so small, god called me. I am a little god, and I worship myself too often and it costs me too much. I want to be famous to celebrate me. I want to be known as the best Chief in the Navy. I want to be more than an aspiring writer...I want to be a best-selling writer. It's all about me! ME! ME!

John the Baptist once said that, "He must increase, but I must decrease." Jesus said John was greater than all born of women. And yet being least in the kingdom meant being greater than John. That's an odd way to look at it, but when you're fighting gods, it might just be the best way. Christ must increase, and I must decrease. I must be the least in the kingdom, though it isn't a race to become so. That in itself could promote the same god-worship that I'm trying to destroy.

In some ways, it's a mess. Thankfully, in his book, Idleman makes it pretty simple. Simply ask yourself who you're going to worship...God, or one of the little gods. That has helped me immensely. I hope it helps you too!