Today’s topic is Unicorns, and it is dedicated to my daughter, Phoebe - who is a huge unicorn fan. You might be wondering what Unicorns have to do with the Bible, but if you are a King James only kind of person, you probably already know that the word ‘Unicorns’ appears in the KJV version of the Bible 9 times in the 1611 KJV and 9 times in the updated 1769 Standard version.
So - what gives? Does the Bible really teach that unicorns are/were real?
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The notes for this episode aren’t exactly show notes. For more reasons to believe, please check out my book Easter: Fact or Fiction, 20 Reasons to Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead (click here) OR: Check this post out on my writing blog: Top Ten Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead.
Recap: 1 Corinthians 15: 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith.
But, as Paul goes on to tell us in 1 Corinthians 15, the Resurrection of Jesus DID, in FACT, Happen!
Everybody loves a good mystery, right?
Show notes for episode # zero – The trailer:
What the Bible Mystery Podcast is all about: This show initially began its life in May of 2019 as the Bible Questions Podcast, and seemed to be doing quite well. Good downloads, listened to all across the country, and several countries outside the U.S. However, I have always had an interest in mysterious happenings and supernatural events, literally researching such things since I was a young kid watching the old Leonard Nimoy show In Search Of.
I’m an author, and I’ve written six books so far. Last October, I wrote a flyer for the church I pastor, Valley Baptist Church in Salinas, Alabama. We were having a Fall outreach, and I thought it would be interesting to highlight some of the more interesting creatures and mysteries of the Bible, and give it to kids who came to our Trunk or Treat. The main purpose of that flyer was to share the good news of Jesus with families in our area. The week before Halloween, I added some material to the flyer, turned it into a book – Monsters and the Bible – and published it on Amazon. Since then, that dumb book has become my best-selling book. I say dumb, because it is short, not well written/formatted, and it is barely worth the 99 cents I sell it for. I barely promoted it, but in a recent one week (or so) stretch, that book outsold all of my other books put together by a 2.5 to 1 ratio. I told my wife that my worst book was outselling all of my other books I slaved over by a wide margin, and she simply said, ‘Well, then, make it your best book!” Which is actually surprisingly good advice…so I’m reworking that book. That silly book has gotten me invites to be on national radio shows, and opened some pretty funny doors. For a while, it ranked in the top 3 on Amazon in the category ‘Occult Satanism.’ WHICH I DID NOT PLACE THE BOOK IN. Imagine me, a Southern Baptist pastor (from Alabama, pastoring in Cali) explaining to my congregation why I had a high ranking book in the ‘Occult Satanism’ section. Very odd. I actually thought it was a good thing, because a third of that book is a strong gospel presentation and a defense of the resurrection of Jesus.
In the process of rewriting the Monsters in the Bible book, I thought long and hard about launching another podcast about Mysteries of the Bible (The Shroud of Turin, Ark of the Covenant, etc.) But I realized, as a full time pastor, husband, father of 5 kids, and a some-time author, I probably don’t have the bandwidth to keep a ton of plates spinning, so I decided to merge the BQP into a podcast that also included Bible Mysteries. This is that show. Some weeks, the episodes will be straight up Bible topics, and some weeks, the episodes will be more ‘out there,’ and some weeks the episodes will be on more grounded Bible topics. Let me state my intentions clearly: I’d love to reach people who are interested in mysteries, the paranormal and the supernatural, and teach them about Jesus, crucified for our sins and raised from the dead. That’s my major goal of this show. A secondary goal, that is also important, is to demonstrate and proclaim that the Bible is an INTERESTING book – fascinating, really, and worthy of much study and discussion.