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The Beast At The Center Of The Earth.
A treatise on how the prophets and apostles understood the End Time
geography, explaining why the mark of the beast will never come to the
Americas, 21 pages (1Mb).
The Book of Job: Agony, Epiphany, Humility
& Ministry. An outline and
Avoiding Ambiguity In The Book of Acts. A technical article about
finding the core principles of Acts by avoiding poor hermeneutics, 8
pages (4, double-sided), 196k.
Catechism For Young Students
characteristics of this catechism are that it:
written in 21st-century American,
includes some of the real questions children ask (not just the
questions that they should ask),
• allows topics to overlap rather than keeping material in
strict systematic categories,
• includes questions
and answers about our eschatological destiny to point children toward a
future more meaningful than “eternally playing a harp on a cloud,”
• alludes to city
(i.e., cultural) transformation as part of our calling,
• and also on pages
42 and 50 includes blessings for sons and daughters that can be adapted
by parents and grandparents to pronounce over their loved ones.
Roderick has written for an eight-year-old, but has not avoided
technical matters. Some “big words” are explained in the catechism;
others will provide an opportunity for the instructor to teach the
student a new vocabulary term.
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instructions for Grandpa's Christian
How To Unwrap A Biblical Proverb. This is a 20-page technical guide for beginning Hebrew students.
The Invisible Visible: An Introduction to
Distinguishing Characteristics of Hebraic Thought And Their Implications For
Interpreting The Bible. This article presents a theory
about how the Hebrew
language and its
underlying thought patterns evolved. More importantly, it presents key
principles for interpreting Hebraic expressions in both the Old
Testament and the New. This article is 17 pages long, and 690k.
and historical perspective on the biblical city of Christ’s youth
(4 pages, 384k).
Currently Being Updated!
Polishing Our Hermeneutical Glasses.
introduction to biblical
hermeneutics (interpreting the Bible), this study presents 21
principles for interpreting Scripture. The
new edition contains additional material on interpreting apocalyptic
symbols, as well as a complete index of biblical references cited in
the body of the text. 42 pages (21 if duplex
The Teacher of Ecclesiastes & The
Meaning of Life. Penetrating
insight into what makes life fulfilling (516k).
The White Stone. Precious
promises and insights from The
Revelation of Jesus Christ course
Why I Lost Interest In
The Bible. A personal
The Cityward Mind of God: A Manifesto
For City Transformation:
Our call to
become the spiritual stewards of our cities (35 pages, 2.6mb). This is
a large file with photographs; please be patient while it downloads. Click here for: optional glossy
The Cityward Mind of God
Missions Conference Discussion (mp3 audio).
To Transform A City
Visit Eric Swanson's blog and request a copy of this excellent 36-page
primer on city transformation.
Go to this archive for copies of class
notes, handouts and syllabi from various courses.
Go to this archive
for original word puzzles with biblical and other themes. You may use
these puzzles for your personal enjoyment and for student activities.
Lo Que Aprendí
de la Ouija: Testimonio
personal de Rodrigo
Graciano (708k).Si prefiere HTML clik aquí
Reflections On The Gospel. Our November 2017 newsletter with ten key observations regarding the biblical gospel.
The Prayer of Faith and Healing In James 5:
healing prayer (220k).
Pudens’s Ring: One of the greatest
triumphs of the early martyrs, based on the true story preserved in the
writings of Tertullian, and retold by Roderick Graciano. (5 pages,
140k.) Read the original account in The Passion of Perpetua.
50 Tips For The Christian Teacher: A
34-page outline of principles for effectively teaching God’s truth,
supplemented by pages on the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, and a form for
evaluating a teaching or preaching presentation (550k).
heart is good medicine. (Proverbs 17.22)
If Fish Could Paint...
Pastors! Here’s a Special Page for you.
What if Hollywood merged the biographies
of Peter Pan and the great pacifist of India?
Session: The transcript of Roderick’s experience as an observer
in one of Pastor Steve’s marriage counseling sessions.
The Church’s Hairbrush: Prophecy
in the contemporary church (128k).
between true and false prophecy (112k).
Kingdom Questions: An
article about the priority issue in the gospels, 2 pages (1,
Expanding The Kingdom: A
Unified Theory of Mission: A second article about the priority issue in the
gospels, 4 pages (2, double-sided),
Falling Through Time:
An amazing true story about winning against all odds
The Suffering of Job and Spiritual Fruitfulness. Why would
God allow the devil to kill Job’s children, alienate Job’s wife and
cover Job’s body with boils? God wouldn’t let that happen to us, would
Hugging The Fire: Knowing the Living God as an intimate
friend (3 pages, 136k).
The Secret of Joy:
Experiencing the abundant life by
embracing God’s agenda (212k).
The Teacher of
Ecclesiastes & The Meaning of Life: Penetrating insight on what makes life fulfilling
Tracking Down Idols
& Finding Joy: Escaping the
self-centered universe. (100k)
Why I Lost Interest In The Bible: A
personal testimony. (192k)
What I Learned From The Ouija Board:
Roderick Graciano’s teenage brush
the occult. (76k).
Disarmed Deceivers: A
primer on demonology that discusses the practical matters of "moral
space," "binding and loosing" and more. 16 pages, (1.2mb).