"The Moorings" is a metaphor, intended to suggest that Bible truth is an anchorage in trouble, a haven after long searching, and a place of escape from the storms of sin.
About the author and his family
Ed Rickard (full name: Stanley Edgar Rickard, Jr.) received a B.S. with highest honors from Wheaton College in 1963, graduating in three years with a major in chemistry, then a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1967. His field was social psychology with emphasis on statistics and research methodology, and his dissertation and two subsequent publications (one of which is viewable online) dealt with the causal analysis of correlations. In college he was a National Merit Scholar, and in graduate school he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.
He began his career teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of his doctorate. Later he taught Bible courses at Pensacola Christian College. His subjects included the Book of Daniel, Christian evidences, and graduate apologetics. More recently, he has served as principal of a Christian academy.
For A Beka Book, the publishing arm of PCC, he wrote a high school physics text which has been widely used. A Beka Book is the leading publisher of Christian school curricula. He is also the author of nearly all the papers on this website, which has been a source of Bible studies since the early days of the web.
His wife and high school sweetheart, Julie, received an M.A. in French from Northwestern University and for many years served as teacher of high school French on A Beka Video. In all her husband’s endeavors including his long work on this commentary, she has been an indispensable adviser and helper.
Ed has two sons and seven grandchildren. His older son, Gregory, is a pastor, and his younger son, Wesley, is a minister of music. He counts all his family as a great blessing from God.
How to send your feedback and questions
You may e-mail your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. A note of appreciation or encouragement would be most welcome. Also, we are interested in hearing from anyone who is seeking the true religion, or who wants to know how to be saved from sin and hell, or who desires spiritual counsel.
Do not expect a response for two to three weeks, or perhaps longer, depending on Dr. Rickard's schedule.
We adhere to the doctrines known throughout the last century as the fundamentals of the faith. Anti-Christian bigotry has debased the term "fundamentalism" so that it now refers to religious fanaticism. But as recently as 1953, the only definition of fundamentalism offered by Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary was "a recent movement in American Protestantism reemphasizing as fundamental to Christianity belief in the inerrancy of the Scriptures, Biblical miracles, especially the virgin birth and physical resurrection of Christ, etc." The "etc." encompasses such doctrines as the following:
- the Trinity
- the deity of Christ
- Christ's possession of all the divine attributes
- the creation of the world in six literal days
- the fall of man in Adam's sin
- the redemption of man through the death and resurrection of Christ
- the provision of salvation through faith alone
- the literal Second Coming of Christ
- the final judgment of man
As well as taking a stand for the historic doctrines of true Christianity, we hold the following positions, which we feel are necessary to recapture the purity and power of the apostolic church.
- We renounce the worldliness of contemporary Christianity, especially its embrace of popular music and entertainment. We view television as a great threat to the moral and intellectual well-being of children.
- We separate ourselves both from Sadducees (those who foster doubt in the supernatural) and from Pharisees (those who use a profession of orthodox faith to cover greed or other corrupt motives).
- Following the apostles, we stress Christian evidences. We believe that in a secular society we must engage the mind as well as the heart if we are to reach the lost and safeguard our children.
- We offer a renewed emphasis on Biblical prophecy. As the day approaches, we do not wish to be among those caught unawares and unwatchful.
Attaching the term "fundamentalist" to extremists in Islam and other religions suggests that they are essentially the same as authentic Bible Christians, but they are not. The Christian world view starts from the premise, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth," and the cornerstone of Christian ethics is, "Love your enemies."
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This site, Bible Studies at the Moorings, was formally inaugurated in either 1997 or 1998, although the first year for which a report of total activity still exists is 1999. In the early years, the Moorings was a highly visible source of Bible studies on the Web. Even after many competitive sites came online, the Moorings remained a top-ranking site on dozens of topics. Overall activity steadily grew until it reached a peak in 2011, when there were nearly 300,000 visits, 450,000 page views, and one and a half million hits.
In the spring of 2012, Google severely downgraded the Moorings in all search results and, in the spring of 2013, downgraded it again, on both occasions for unknown reasons, so that total activity in 2013 slumped to about one third of its previous high. The drop took place despite an ongoing effort to keep coding up to date and to expand site content.
Most popular pages
The following pages have been among the most popular down through the years.
|Commentary on Daniel 1:
Refusing the King's Food
|The most popular excerpt from the lessons on Daniel 1, these taken from the author's commentary on the Book of Daniel.|
|The Crucifixion of Christ:
also, Cause of Death
in Roman Crucifixion
|Newly revised summaries of medical and historical evidence illuminating Christ's experience on the cross.|
|The Birth Date of
|A defense of 6 January as Christ's birthday; presents an original discoverythat in 5 B.C., the probable year of Christ's birth, 6 January was the same as 25 Kislev, a coincidence lending support to both traditional dates of Christmas: 6 January, celebrated in the Eastern churches, and 25 December (the Latin month roughly corresponding to Kislev), celebrated in the Western churches; cites other traditions also pointing to a midwinter birthday.|
|The Christian Husband: Loving Authority||An experience-based, down-to-earth guide to being a good husband according to Scripture; emphasizes the centrality of love.|
|Commentary on Acts 12:
|One of the most popular excerpts from the full commentary on the Book of Acts.|
|The Virgin Birth of Christ: Prophecies in Genesis and Isaiah||A penetrating summary of all the reasons—linguistic, contextual, and logicalthat Isaiah 7:14 must be understood as prophesying a virgin birth.|
|Blessed Are the Meek||A study of the Third Beatitude; shows what meekness is and is not; explains the promise that the meek will inherit the earth; offers a lively discussion rich with examples and applications.|
|On Being Thankful:
A Sermon for Thanksgiving Day
|For many years, a strong favorite on the site; doubtless the model of many sermons actually preached on Thanksgiving; warns against taking Nebuchadnezzar's view of our achievements—giving credit to ourselves and not to God; includes a fascinating description of ancient Babylon and an eye-opening comparison of affluence today with the poverty of our ancestors.|
His Religion and Name
|An analysis of Daniel's comments on the kind of worship the Antichrist will introduce; suggests how to test whether any modern figure bears the name with value 666.|
|Prophecies of the Resurrection||A thorough exposition of Psalm 16:10 and Hosea 6:1-2, showing that these foretell Jesus' resurrection.|
|Christian Service: Sacrifice||A look at the sacrifices made by great servants of God in the past, together with a discussion of how to prepare the young for sacrifice; outlines the principles governing sacrifice, including "Some sacrifice is no sacrifice," "There is no such thing as sacrifice," and three others.|
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