The Peace Process Renews While Turmoil Continues in the Northern Sinai Peninsula

For the past few months, newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has conducted Henry Kissinger style shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA is headquartered in the city of Ramallah, located in the West Bank and north of Jerusalem. Kerry has thereby achieved a restarting of the peace process between them which has been dead for five years. It started last week in Washington, D.C. But so far, meetings have been conducted by lesser officials and … [Read more...]

The Word Wasn’t God, Oh Heaven Forbid; What God Was His Word Just Always Did

Bible versions are based on a Hebrew and Greek text which textual critics compile from extant, ancient manuscripts (MSS) which were hand-copied by professional scribes. Many modern Bible versions occasionally provide alternate readings in footnotes. These show that a word or phrase in the Hebrew or Greek text can be translated differently than what translators have put in their versions. Sometimes, these alternate readings concern textual variants because the MSS disagree. This is the case with … [Read more...]

I Agree with Helen Thomas–”Jews Should Get the Hell Out of Palestine”

But it depends on how you define "Palestine." I don't define it the way she did and just about everyone else does these days.Helen Thomas died yesterday at age 92. As a White House correspondent, she blazed a trail for women as a pioneer in American journalism. Often called "the First Lady of the Press," she became the first female president of the White House Correspondents' Association and the Washington's Gridiron Club. And she was the first female officer of the prestigious National … [Read more...]

Your Gospel of John Says “the Word Was God,” But that Translation Is Really Quite Odd

Throughout church history, almost all New Testament (NT) scholars have insisted there are two primary NT passages that identify Jesus as "God." These are John 1.1c ("and the Word was God") and John 20.28 ("my Lord and my God").* In this article we will consider only John 1.1c. This brief phrase has caused Christians to believe Jesus is God more than any Bible text. But that's because most of them don’t know biblical Greek and thus are unaware of the grammatical issues involved.The Gospel of … [Read more...]

Karsten Solheim (Part 1)

Karsten Solheim was born in Norway in 1911. His family emigrated to the U.S. in 1913 and settled in Seattle, Washington. (That’s where I was later born and reared.) Karsten’s dad was a shoe repairman. Karsten’s first job was working for his father soling shoes. But that didn’t seem to satisfy his inquisitive mind, so he soon quit. Surprisingly, he eventually started selling pots and pans door-to-door in Seattle. However, Karsten really wanted to be a mechanical engineer. So, he enrolled one year … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Back to Typewriters

Ha! Protect our security--go back to typewriters. Russia's Federal Protective Service--a KGB successor agency with the responsibility of protecting President Vladimir Putin and his government officials--has ordered 20 typewriters at a cost of perhaps $750 each. If anybody has saved their old typewriter, sell it to Vladimir and make a big profit.It's about breaching electronic security. It's because of all of these recent leaks of classified U.S. government documents. It started with young … [Read more...]

Saying Christ is God Is Way Outta Whack, ‘Cause He Didn’t Know When He’s Coming Back

Nearly all Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is God. And they generally believe God is omniscient, thus knowing everything, including all about the future. However, Jesus told his apostles he would be killed, rise from the dead, ascend to heaven, and someday return to earth, and he added that he did not know the day of his return. If Jesus was God, how could he not have known when he would return, since the Father knew it?As a former Trinitarian for 22 years, I used to … [Read more...]

Inventing a Better Golf Club (Part 3)

In late 1969 I told Karsten Solheim, otherwise known as MISTER PING, “I don’t think you’re using perimeter weighting in the golf club that would benefit from it the most.” He said, “what’s that?” I said, “the driver. It has the lightest club head and the longest shaft of any club in the bag. So, it produces more off center hits.” (This was decades before the long putter. And club heads are made lighter with longer shafts in order to have a uniform “swing weight” throughout the entire set of clubs … [Read more...]


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