Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today

I like Rickie Fowler. He's a crowd favorite, especially with kids. He's one of the best pro golfers on the PGA Tour and in the world. Rickie also is a Christian who attends regularly the PGA Tour Bible Study. When he played in the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year, the next day I was eating breakfast in a restaurant with my son Michael and his family. Michael saw Rickie paying his bill at the checkout. So, I went over and met Rickie for the first time and told him I was a co-founder of the … [Read more...]

Norma McCorvey Is Dead

Norma McCorvey died Saturday. She was 69 years old. She lived in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston. It is located thirty miles from where I lived for over twenty-five years, in Friendswood, Texas.Norma McCorvey was the woman who, in 1971, the year I moved to Friendswood, challenged the constitutional legality of her State of Texas to legislate against abortion. She won her lawsuit in 1973 in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision known infamously as Roe v. Wade. McCorvey had used the … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Wrongly Predict He Would Return within a Generation?

One of the most important texts in biblical eschatology is Jesus' so-called Olivet Discourse that he delivered to his apostles during Passion Week. It is recorded by all three synoptists (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) with some slight differences in accounts. This teaching about the future includes Jesus' return at the end of the age, which the church has often called "the second coming of Christ."The most difficult interpretative problem in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse concerns his remark about a fig … [Read more...]

Muslims Believe in Second Coming of Christ More than Christians Do

 The Pew Research Center, located in Washington D.C., is a leading “fact tank” that analyzes social trends mostly in the U.S. and largely by means of polling. A poll that Pew conducted in 2006 revealed that 79% of Christians in the U.S. believed Jesus would return to earth someday and that 20% believed it would happen in their lifetime.[1] Among Christian groups, Evangelicals believe most strongly in this second coming of Christ. In a poll that Pew conducted in 2010 in the U.S., 58% of w … [Read more...]

Who Is “So-called”?

Republican U.S. President Donald Trump reacted to Judge James Robart's temporary block of the President's recent executive order to instantly ban nationwide all people who are citizens of seven named countries in the Middle East that are predominantly Muslim from entering the U.S. by calling Judge Robart a "so-called judge."U.S. Vice President Pence later explained that President Trump was not challenging Judge Robart's legitimacy, but only his ruling. Well, that's not what "so-called judge" … [Read more...]

Matsuyama Repeats at Phoenix

Today, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour at the TPC in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the second year in row on the fourth role of a sudden-death playoff. He had tied Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 2012. Today, Simpson rallied with three birdies on the final four holes in regulation play while Matsuyama parred into the clubhouse. Both men had a 72 hole total of 267, 17 under par.On the 72nd hole, Simpson was finished when Matsuyama, with a … [Read more...]

Trump–Talk About the Qur’an

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven, predominantly Muslim, nations in the Middle East from entering the U.S. for the next 120 days until the U.S. has developed a more stringent vetting process regarding Muslims. Of course, Trump's purpose for this seemingly un-American measure is to stop radical, militant Muslims from entering the U.S. for the purpose of trying to harm its citizens as part of some jihad.Only days later, many Americans … [Read more...]

Scholars Alleging the Gospel of John Is Anti-Semitic Is Anachronistic

Many modern scholars of the New Testament allege that the Gospel of John is anti-Semitic. Some don't go that far, but assert it is against Judaism. The primary reason for this allegation that the Gospel of John is anti-Semitic is that its frequent expression "the Jews" is thought to be derogatory if not disparaging.The expression "the Jews" occurs sixty times in the Gospel of John. But it is not always used derogatorily. Sometimes, "the Jews" in this Fourth Gospel clearly refers to Jews who … [Read more...]