Jeff Pallansch

Celebrating our Freedom this Fourth of July

By Jeff Pallansch / June 28, 2022

The Fourth of July is a time to pause and celebrate the freedom we enjoy every day as a nation. It looks back to July 4th, 1776, the day the…

National Day of Prayer 2022

By Jeff Pallansch / May 4, 2022

Even before America became an independent nation, it set aside special days of prayer. Its people knew that their future depended on the Lord’s gracious intervention. As Scripture says, it…

The Swoon Theory: Could Jesus Have Survived the Cross?

By Jeff Pallansch / March 22, 2022

While there is strong historical documentation that Jesus died by crucifixion, some still wonder if Jesus only appeared to die and all the sources got it wrong. What if Jesus merely fainted (or “swooned”) on the cross and the soldiers mistook Him as dead? What if Jesus then resuscitated in the tomb, escaped, and convinced His disciples that He had been resurrected from the dead?

The Historical Basis for Jesus’ Death by Crucifixion

By Jeff Pallansch / March 22, 2022

In recent years, doubt concerning the historicity of Jesus’ life and death has increased among the general populace. In 2015, the Barna Group and ComRes found that “four in 10 (40%) of all adults in England either don’t believe or aren’t sure, that Jesus was a real person who lived on earth. Among younger adults the percentage grew to 46%.

Wonderful Counselor

By Jeff Pallansch / November 30, 2021

Christmas is a season of awe. It’s a time when we celebrate God’s extravagant display of grace, humility, and wisdom that runs contrary to conventional thinking: the King of Kings…

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? Geocentrism: Lessons from a Hard Goodbye

By Jeff Pallansch / October 20, 2021

The timing of creation is not the first heated debate the church has worked through on a science-related topic. For three hundred years, the church wrestled over the location of the earth within our solar system. Although emerging scientific findings indicated the sun was at the center of our solar system and the earth rotated around it (heliocentrism), many fervently argued from the Bible that such findings were wrong.

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Clarity of Scripture

By Jeff Pallansch / September 21, 2021

Some have questioned: Isn’t the Bible is a simple book written for the average person to understand? Should considerations such as Hebrew syntax, literary forms, and the cultural context be necessary for one to properly understand Genesis 1-2? What about the clarity of Scripture? Doesn’t a technical analysis undermine this doctrine and imply the Bible is inaccessible to the masses?

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Continuation of Day Seven

By Jeff Pallansch / September 8, 2021

aving examined Moses’ construction of the first six days of creation, let us now turn our attention to the seventh day when God rests from His labor. One of the striking features of this day is its lack of closure. Unlike the first six days, day seven has no concluding refrain about this day drawing to an end (“and there was evening and there was morning, ______ day”). As readers, we are left wondering why Moses breaks here from his standard pattern. Why does he not depict this day drawing to a close? Has it not yet ended?

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? The Significance of Evening and Morning

By Jeff Pallansch / August 18, 2021

“And there was evening, and there was morning, ______ day.” As you may recall from a previous article, this is one of the four phrases Moses uses to structure Genesis…

Were the Days of Creation 24 Hours Long? Moses’ Unique Construction for Numbering the Days

By Jeff Pallansch / August 11, 2021

In Genesis 1, Moses numbers the days of creation using a unique construction. In fact, he presents them in a way that is different from all other numbered sequences in…