Sunday, March 5, 2017


I can think of no better way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation than to read my book: Wittenberg Encounter! Luther is one of the characters and the town of Wittenberg is front and center on the cover and in the story.

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Dennis Kananen

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

More on Ezekiel and my Book Corner

Months ago I started a series of posts on Ezekiel and got up to around chapter 12 and then got distracted by many things. Coincidentally (if there is such a word in God’s economy), I received an issue of Bible Study magazine that featured a special section on Ezekiel. I subscribed to Bible Study because one of its regular writers is Michael S. Heiser who is the author of the provocative book, the Unseen Realm that I wrote about several posts ago. Anyway, some of the articles are: the Mission of Ezekiel, God is There, Prophet to the Exiles, Ezekiel’s Embodied Prophetic Voice, Prophetic Rhetoric in Ezekiel 16, Echoes of Leviticus in Ezekiel, A Message to the Rebels, Ezekiel, Whose Sins Caused the Exile?, Gog of the Supernatural North, and finally, Ezekiel and Trauma.

If you go through Ezekiel chapters 12-16, there is a rather overwhelming recounting of Israel’s recalcitrant sinfulness. The article Prophetic Rhetoric in Ezekiel 16 really sheds some light on this display of divine damnation... And I quote:

“Building on the metaphor of Israel as Yahweh’s wife, the prophet tells a vivid story of Israel’s relationship with God…. The prophet’s vivid imagery and strong language in this metaphorical story would have shocked his hearers. Ezekiel 16 contains some of the most explicit language in the Bible. The text repeatedly refers to Jerusalem’s “whorings,” “lewd behavior,” “lust,” and “insatiable” desire for her lovers. “At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by” (NIV).

The author of this article, Jason Gile, Ph.D, is a professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He also compares the depiction of the rise and fall of Israel to the “prophetic transformation of the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32.”

Book Corner

I just finished reading another exciting novel by Joel C. Rosenberg: The Third Target. What can I say? It’s never a dull moment when you read one of his books. I’m about half done with another Bodie & Brock Thoene book: When Jesus Wept. What a dynamo they are! And then there’s my second book: Prague Rendezvous. I had said earlier I would have it done by the end of 2016…. But here we are and, what can I say, but I’m close. At least I have more pages into this book than were in my first book (Wittenberg Encounter). By the way, Wittenberg Encounter is available in paperback! See the link below for how you can order it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Succoth 2016

Today at sundown is the first day of Succoth (Soo - Coat), or, as it’s translated in the NKJV: Feast of Tabernacles/Booths. I took the pictures shown here in Qumran, Israel in 1999. The staff who worked at Qumran had apparently made one, but I had seen them in many places on our trip through Israel (mostly on balconies) in Nazareth and Jerusalem. Many Jewish and Messianic families make these and spend time in them. I know of other Christians who have done so as well. If we make it into the Millenium, we will do so too, as this verse makes clear:  

Zechariah 14:16
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”

Every year the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel.

Today, at 1:30pm EST, the ICEJ's 2016 Feast of Tabernacles celebration will go LIVE from Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea, Israel. Check out the Feast streaming schedule on their website.
“May you blessed by this wonderful event, and we pray you will be able to join us in person next year! - ICEJ Feast Team”

So, I’d recommend that we all learn more about these structures so we’re ready!
Here are some other verses that mention the feast:
Leviticus 23:42
‘You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Nehemiah 8:16
Then the people went out and… made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.

Nehemiah 8:17
So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.

Zechariah 14:16
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Menu Item, Shavuot 2016 Conference, and Book Corner

New Menu Item

Check out the top menu bar for the entry: Wittenberg Encounter. That tells about my first book which I just published on Kindle. I encourage you to get this on Kindle and let me know what you think. I’ve created the website to collect questions and comments and the blog to promote the books I plan to write in the series. I’m well into the second book, Prague Rendezvous, and I hope to release it later this year or early next year and I have a good start on the third book: Krakow Union.

Shavuot 2016 Conference

I attended the Shavuot 2016 conference in Hudson, Wisconsin a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful time. I continue to be impressed by First Fruits of Zion and I encourage you to become a “Friend” – a sustaining contributor to their ministry. Some of the staff who taught were: Boaz Michael, D. Thomas Lancaster, Toby Janicki, Jordan Levy, Jacob Fronczak, and Aaron Eby. It was great to be able to speak with many of them one on one. The dynamic congregation at Beth Immanuel Messianic synagogue in Hudson is amazing. Their teachers and staff are some of the best in the Messianic movement and people are moving from all over the country just to live there and attend it. While I had to leave before it all ended, I did attend all of the teaching sessions and did experience the Sabbath service which was led by the amazing Troy Mitchell. Check this guy out!

Book Corner

There are three related books I recently read by Michael S. Heiser: The Unseen Realm introduces the beings which populate the Unseen Spiritual world using references in the Bible that are often overlooked or ignored. It reads more like a topical Bible Study. The Façade Saga is a series of novels that mentions some of the concepts from the Unseen Realm, but does so through a very interesting storyline. In a sense, Michael has done what I am trying to do with my Intriguing Love series: use a story with endearing characters to explore many concepts which are bigger than the plot itself. I heartedly recommend these books!

·      The Unseen Realm
·      Façade (Façade Saga Series Book 1)
·      Portent (Façade Saga Series Book 2) (the third book is not yet released)

I am currently reading Yeshua Matters by Jacob Franczak. I met Jacob at the Shavuot conference. He has written a number of articles for the FFOZ Messiah magazine. His story reads a little like my life. As a normal evangelical who went to Bible school but didn’t really understand Jesus, Jacob sought to learn more. His family moved to a small town in Lower Michigan where he started to explore the Jewishness of Jesus. He then went on to Seminary and now leads a church in Coldwater, Michigan. But it’s probably not a normal church in that he is very knowledgeable about the Jewishness of Yeshua and doesn’t want to make the same mistakes that confused him when he was younger.

I also picked up the book The Concealed Light by Tsvi Sadan at the Shavuot conference. Tsvi is a Messianic Jew in Israel. The book goes through many of the names of Mashiach (Messiah) and explains how the Jewish sources interpreted them. I enjoy reading it.