A few other writers incorporate elements of both the natural and the miraculous in their comments, but in the end offer no real explanation: “a remarkable astrological phenomenon”; 19 “this unusual stellar manifestation”; 20 “a new phenomenon in the sky”; 21 “I am inclined to think that Matthew is depicting a miraculous star, a ‘ Wunderstern ,’ that took on a natural star’s form.” 22 The opinion of Ignatius (second century AD) was that “a star shone forth in heaven above all the other stars, the light of which was inexpressible, while its novelty struck men with astonishment. And all the rest of the stars, with the sun and moon, formed a chorus to this star, and its light was exceedingly great above them all. And there was agitation felt as to whence this new spectacle came, so unlike everything else [in the heavens].” 23 Calvin believed that “it was not a natural star, but extra-ordinary, for it was not of the order of nature…None of this accords with natural stars. It is more probable that it was like a comet, seen in the atmosphere rather than in the heaven.” 24
Pastor Rugh will help you see what the Bible has to say about this controversial and often misunderstood issue. Gil Rugh Tradition Have we, by our Traditions nullified the Word of God? Tony Capoccia Women (01) "Instructions to Wives, Mothers, & Their Husbands" - A Sermon about the Role of a Woman, from God's perspective. Addresses many areas, to include the "Working Wife and the Working Mother." A truth from God's Word that needs to be spoken to today's Church, but so often is avoided because it would not be popular with our generation. Pastor Gil Rugh speaks a bold and clear message. Gil Rugh Women (02) Women Preachers - "In this day we find a rapid advancement of new ideas. The unbelievable suggestion of yesterday, entertained only by a few fanatics, and only mentioned by the conservatives to be ridiculed, is today the bold reform, and tomorrow will be the accepted practice. Novelties are so numerous and so wild and rash, that in even conservative minds the feeling of wonder is exhausted and the instinct of righteous resistance fatigued. A few years ago the preaching by women was universally condemned among all conservative denominations of Christians. Now the idea is being presented to the churches, and female preachers are knocking at our doors. We are already told that public opinion is being swayed because of the boldness and reasonableness of the claims of these woman preachers, that even our own ministers are hesitant to speak out against the movement. These remarks show that a discussion of woman's proper place in the Christian Church is greatly needed.--" R. L. Dabney (1820-1898) Robert Dabney Women (03) Home is Where the Heart Is - A Look at Titus 2:3-5 The roles and responsibilities of a godly woman. Sheila Pennington Women (04) "Questions and Answers with Patricia MacArthur" Patricia is the wife of John MacArthur and responds to many questions posed to her about the roles of women, and especially pastors' wives. Patricia MacArthur Word-Faith Movement An examination of the Word-Faith movement. It exposes the errors of the movement and some of its well known false teachers such as: Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, John Avanzini, Robert Tilton, Fred Price, and Benny Hinn. It also reveals the dangers of TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network). Richard J. Vincent Go back to Bible Bulletin Board 's home page.