Thursday, February 29, 2024

Happy Leap Day! Book Announcement: Battle at the Forks

On the fourth anniversary of Ifscapes, Volume 1 (Ifscapes: Empires and Androids), announcing Ifscapes 9, Battle at the Forks!  From the book description:

Lunar tourism, near-apocalyptic and dystopian outcomes, space colonization, cybernetic networks and robots, and clever extraterrestrial invasion ruses meet at the corner of Greek tragedy, enigmatic archaeological artifacts, crash landings, mysterious creatures, interplanetary politics, and ancient space battles in this short story collection of science fiction meta-myth and alternate historical fiction. Spectacular moments deciding imperial fates? Ingenious individual intrigues changing the course of solar systems? The many crossroads of history, historical fiction, alternate history, possible worlds, and would-have-been worlds split in the antiquity of the ancient future still to come in Ifscapes, Volume 9: Battle at the Forks.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Book Endorsement from James Stitzinger, Jr.

Thank you to James Stitzinger for endorsing A Primer on Messianic Prophecy!

“This essay is an excellent overview of some of the future biblical events of our Lord and Savior in a rich and fascinating way. The study offers a refreshing and clear distinction between the future returns of our Lord as laid out in the Scripture. It resists the temptation to spiritualize what Scripture has made plain. This work is enthusiastically recommended to those wishing to sort out these issues and build on them.”

James F. Stitzinger, president, Books for Libraries

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Book Announcement: On the Cybernetic Circuit

Now out on Kindle!  Ifscapes, Volume 8: On the Cybernetic Circuit

From the book description:

Ifscapes 8 makes the rounds of galaxies and motherboards in the newest installment of the series, On the Cybernetic Circuit. Can a robot really replace a human explorer or astronaut? Will artificial intelligence take over, or is it a figment of the cyborgs’ imagination? Where do AI, androids, and Andromeda meet singularity, sentience, and Sol? From big questions to the big top, the Ifscapes multiverse marches on, sweeping the systems at home and abroad.

In this volume of Ifscapes:

- sail the high seas with unexpected companions

- enjoy an insider’s view of adventure sports and exploits in outer space

- reconsider human nature through a robot’s eyes

- terraform new worlds far distant from the Solar System

- watch artificial intelligence develop from the inside out

- upgrade from settlers’ habitations to epic galactic palaces

Space colonization, star alliances with extraterrestrial visitors, android bureaucrats, and robotic upgrades all feature in this collection of science fiction stories. Interplanetary warfare, incipient empires, shaky federations, and mysterious expeditions are the latest victims of AI-generated mishaps . . . or are they? Plumb the innovative depths of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, human error, convergence, and more in the developing databanks of Ifscapes Volume 8, On the Cybernetic Circuit.

Monday, December 25, 2023

First Coming Christmas Countdown: Christmas Day

The culmination of the First Coming Christmas Countdown: Christmas Day, Dec. 25! (But was Jesus actually born in December? Learn more about His real birthday in A Primer on Messianic Prophecy, Chapter 2, "His Birth.") 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 24, 2023

First Coming Christmas Countdown, Christmas Eve

Welcome to the First Coming Christmas Countdown, Christmas Eve Edition! Today's special topic is about the name of Jesus. To learn more, look up "Yeshua" in the Primer's General Index or "Zechariah 6" in the Scripture Index. For a bonus, turn to Isaiah 49:1.

21. Dec. 24: Zech. 6:12 - Messiah’s name will be Jesus (Greek Jesus = Hebrew Yeshua = English Joshua) (Matt. 1:21)

Sunday, December 17, 2023

First Coming Christmas Countdown, Week 3

The First Coming Christmas Countdown is moving quickly! To get more out of each day's topic, you can go to the Primer’s Scripture Index and look up the pages about each verse.

Week 3:
14. Dec. 17: Is. 7:14 - Messiah, fully God and fully Man, will be Immanuel, God in the flesh (John 1:1)
15. Dec. 18: Dan. 9:25 - Messiah will come in the first century (Matt. 1:17, Luke 1-3)
16. Dec. 19: Hag. 2:7-9 - Messiah will enter the Second Temple (Luke 2:27-52, Matt. 21:12-17)
17. Dec. 20: Is. 60:3 - Messiah will be welcomed by (some) Gentiles and kings (Matt. 2:1-12)
18. Dec. 21: Jer. 31:15 - Messiah will survive a massacre of Jewish children (Matt. 2:16-18)
19. Dec. 22: Hos. 11:1 - Messiah will go to Egypt and later return to Israel (Matt. 2:13-21)
20. Dec. 23: Is. 9:2 - Messiah will be the Light of the World (John 1:4-9, 8:12)

Sunday, December 10, 2023

First Coming Christmas Countdown, Week 2

Continuing the First Coming Christmas Countdown! You can find more information on each day’s topic by going to the Primer’s Scripture Index and looking up the pages that discuss each verse.

Week 2:
7. Dec. 10: Is. 11:1
- Messiah will be a descendant of Jesse’s son David (Luke 1:32-33)
8. Dec. 11: Mic. 5:2 - Messiah will be born in the town of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1-10, Luke 2:4-7)
9. Dec. 12: Is. 53:7 - Messiah will be the Lamb of God (John 1:29)
10. Dec. 13: Jer. 23:5 - Messiah will be eligible to be king in David’s line (Matt. 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38)
11. Dec. 14: Job 19:25 - Messiah will redeem His people and bring eternal life (1 Tim. 2:5-6)
12. Dec. 15: Is. 42:1 - Messiah will be the Suffering Servant (Mark 10:45)
13. Dec. 16: Dan. 7:13 - Messiah, fully God and fully Man, will be called the Son of Man (Luke 19:10)