Saint Luke Did Not Believe Jesus Was God

In recent decades, New Testament scholars have given Saint Luke his due honor. As the author of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, Luke authored even more of the New Testament than did the Apostle Paul, thus more than any other NT author. These two ministered together multiple times during some of Paul's missionary journeys. A close, critical reading of all the NT material produced by these two men, Luke and Paul, reveals that they never expressly indicate or proclaim therein that Jesus … [Read more...]

Trump’s Wall Will Be a Miniature Compared to the Size of Babylon’s

When Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency last year, his signature promise was to stop illegal immigration along the nearly 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico by building "a big, beautiful wall" there. Occasionally, Mr. Trump said this wall that he envisioned would be fifty feet tall or more. That is pretty tall.One time I played golf in Morocco--in the king's tournament. I and some of my family who accompanied me did group travel to the ancient city of Marrakech. It … [Read more...]

“Meet a Muslim” Events Held Last Saturday

Last Saturday, public events called "Meet a Muslim" were held in 25 states in the U.S. and Washington, D.C., to inform Americans of "the true nature of Islam." Here where I live, in metro-Phoenix, Arizona, one such informal, outdoor event was conducted in Tempe near the Arizona State University's main campus. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported the next day that one of the young Muslim men participating in the affair, 23-year old Soleman Haque, said, "I'm really hoping to break the … [Read more...]

The USGA Replied

Four hours after I posted today that the USGA had not replied to my questions about loose impediments and taking a stance properly, it did so. Here is their reply,"Loose impediments may be removed by any means, except that, in removing loose impediments on the line of putt, the player must not press anything down – see Rule 16-1a and Decision 23-1/1.  Accordingly, removing loose impediments from your area of intended stance is not considered to be building a stance."For more information r … [Read more...]

The USGA Has Not Replied

I'm still not fully convinced I was wrong about whether or not Rickie Fowler broke a rule of golf in properly taking his stance during the Honda Classic tournament three weeks ago, which he won. See my post, "Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today" and my followup post "I Stand Corrected About 'Building a Stance' in Golf".I also said in that first post that I met Rickie Fowler, he's a really nice guy, such a crowd favorite on the PGA Tour, and he is a member of the PGA Tour Bible … [Read more...]

Millenials Are Quitting Church Because It’s Too Parochial

That's not the only reason, but it's an important one. After decades of increasing church attendance in the U.S., the Barna Group and Pew Research Center claim from their surveys that church attendance in the U.S. is in decline during this century. It's been going on for several decades in the Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant church denominations. But now it is happening in non-mainline churches, although it is not happening yet in Pentecostal church denominations.Why this … [Read more...]

What a Pity: No More Christian Bookstores

Christian bookstores were an important part of my Christian growth. I used to love to scour the books on the shelves in Christian bookstores. And I often struck up a relationship with store owners or employees. Sure, I shopped at secular bookstores, too. But I bought most of my theological books at Christian bookstores. It was an education that I got in no other place--thumbing through books that presented varying theological positions. I didn't get that in my church. It proclaimed a certain … [Read more...]

Dustin Johnson Wins to Stay #1

Yesterday, Dustin Johnson won the Mexico Championship at Mexico City by one stroke. It is sort of a new tournament on the PGA Tour that switched venues from Trump National Doral Miami. It was Johnson's fourth World Golf Championship title.Johnson held a four stroke lead over Spanish rookie sensation Jon Rahm, who attended Arizona State University. Then Rahm rattled off two birdies at the Chapultepec Golf Club, and the game was on. But Rahm, who had not three-putted during the entire … [Read more...]