Billy Casper (Part 2)

The media eventually gave Billy Casper the nickname “Buffalo Bill.” It happened because he had allergies, and an allergy specialist put him on a restricted, unorthodox diet that included buffalo meat. In fact, even now Casper's website has an image of a buffalo that serves as the logo for his Billy Casper Golf company. It is a business of golf course design, but mostly managing about 140 golf course facilities in 28 U.S. states.Like his putting stroke, another thing that is unorthodox about B … [Read more...]

What If Mother Agnes Is Right!

She's not your average Aunt Agnes. At age 15, her dad died and she turned "hippie." Says she smoked lots of marijuana. Says the best pot is in Beirut, Lebanon. But at age 19, she quit grass, returned to the religious moorings of her youth, and became a nun.For many years, Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross was the superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated. It's a Melkite Greek Orthodox monastery located in Homs, Syria's third largest city, after Dasmascus and Alleppo. Although she … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Diconcerting Remarks in his First Extensive Interview

The new Pope Francis responded to a lengthy interview that was published yesterday in 16 Catholic journals. It was conducted at his living quarters over a period of three days by a clerical editor of a Catholic journal. This extensive interview was based on several questions submitted to him by editorial teams representing Catholic journals.Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas and Southern Hemisphere. He is known for his humility and being "a people's … [Read more...]

More Reasons that Only the Father Is God (which are not in my RJC book)

Theodotus of Byzantium (later Constantinople), also called “the Tanner” and “the Shoemaker,” was a Christian writer in Rome during the late second century. He affirmed Jesus virgin birth and miracles yet denied he was God. Victor 1, the pope of Rome from 189 to 199, condemned Theodotus’ writings and excommunicated him from the Catholic Church. Since the Church always destroyed writings it deemed heretical, we don’t have any of Theodotus’ written works, but only some information about them in patr … [Read more...]

Billy Casper (Part 1)

Billy Casper was one of the greatest golfers of all time. He was unquestionably the best putter on the Tour throughout his career. He won 51 PGA Tour tournaments, and three of them were majors. He is seventh on the all-time PGA Tour list for most wins.The most prominent feature of Billy Casper's golf game was his unorthodox, yet syrupy-smooth, putting stroke. He liked to hit the putt just hard enough for it to reach the hole and fall in gently. Billy was like another great putting wizard in … [Read more...]

Reviewing Dunn’s Book, “Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

James D.G. Dunn authored the important and accessible book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence (WJK, 2010, 176 pp., paperback). He is a leading New Testament scholar and generally regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Christology. That's mostly due to his more dense book, Christology in the Making (1980/1996).Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? is a rather provocative book for a moderately-conservative, evangelical scholar of Dunn’s stature. In his … [Read more...]

Is America Exceptional?

Yes, but should we say so?Democrat Barak Obama began his first term as U.S. president by subtly saying that the U.S. should exhibit some humility, admit past mistakes, if not sins, and not try to enforce its will on other nations. Republicans criticized him a lot for this, even accusing him of not being patriotic. That was even a more serious charge for this president since he's black. Why? It had the potential for seriously increasing racial conflict.Last Tuesday night, President Obama … [Read more...]

Is Jesus Divine Because He Was Worshipped?

Christian worship has been very important to the question of whether or not Jesus is God. The New Testament (NT) records certain instances in which Jesus was “worshipped.” Christians generally have regarded these as evidence that those practitioners believed Jesus was God, since only God should be worshipped. But what does “worship” mean?The most prominent word in the Greek NT which usually is translated “worship” is proskuneo. It and its cognates occur sixty-one times in the Greek NT. Most o … [Read more...]


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