Does Donald Trump Still Not Like Losers?

Thirteen polls had Donald Trump easily winning the Republican caucasus in Iowa this week. Most people were shocked when Ted Cruz won, beating The Donald by four points and Trump barely edging out Marco Rubio. That makes Trump a loser.Donald Trump said last year about Arizona Senator John McCain--a decorated Viet Nam war hero for spending five years as a captured U.S. Navy prisoner and sometimes brutally tortured--that McCain got caught and therefore was not a war hero but "a loser." The … [Read more...]

Does Tom Wright Believe Jesus Is God?

I am sometimes asked, "Does Tom (N.T.) Wright believe Jesus is God?" Or I am told that he does not. I'm also asked the same question about Jimmy (J.D.G.) Dunn. Wright and Dunn are Brits. I know both of them, and we have discussed this subject briefly. I regard both men as being at the top of their craft--New Testament scholarship. Both are very cordial and a total delight to talk to. When Tom Wright does public speaking, he charms his audience.For me, Wright and Dunn answer this question … [Read more...]

Dr. Harvey Cox: Leader of Liberal Christianity

Harvey Cox got his PhD in the history of religion and philosophy at Harvard University. Then he was a professor there until his retirement in 2009. As an ordained minister in the American Baptist church denomination, Harvey Cox is known as the foremost scholar in the world who advocates liberal Christianity.I met Dr. Cox yesterday after I heard him speak at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University in Tempe. Dr. Cox has authored fifteen books. He spoke on … [Read more...]

Charlie Rose Interviews Donald Rumsfield

Yesterday on his television program, Charlie Rose interviewed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. He served in President George W. Bush's administration during the 2003 Iraq War. That's when the U.S. led the UN coalition forces in overthrowing dictatorial Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The coalition forces attacked Iraq on the supposition that it had nuclear weapons, which turned out to be wrong. Nearly all of the world nowadays concludes that due to this error, this war was a … [Read more...]

Is Christianity a Religion?

For all of my adult life and more, I've heard many Evangelicals, lots of them friends of mine, say, "Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship." This statement is a reaction to church denominations--especially Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox churches--that practice much ritual. I do believe that becoming a Christian is something that happens in the heart. That is, it is faith in Jesus that brings about a spiritual relationship with Jesus. Yet those who experience such faith will … [Read more...]

Eight Benefits of “Solving the Samaritan Riddle”

The New Testament book of Acts says Philip preached about Jesus to Samaritans who then believed (Acts 8.4–12), but they did not receive the Holy Spirit until days later when Peter and John came and laid hands on them (vv. 14–17). After that, Peter preached Jesus to a Gentile household. “While he was speaking,” they believed and “the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word” (10.44). Why did the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit days after they believed, but the Gentiles received the Spirit w … [Read more...]

What Did Facebook Users Talk About Most in 2014 and 2015?

What did people talk about the most last year, in 2015? The little Gaza Strip made the top ten in 2014. But then, that was because Israel was pummeling it into the ground with many missiles and bombs. How do we know it was such a major topic of conversation? Facebook has a new feature--telling us its users are talking about most.As of the third quarter in 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion users. That's more than one fifth of the world's population, even counting babies! Facebook analysts … [Read more...]

Am I an Evangelical or Not?

Does the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) say I am an evangelical or not?I was saved when I was thirteen years old by believing in Jesus as my Lord and Savior and confessing this in private prayer with my Sunday school teacher in the Nazarene Church. When I went to college I began attending a “Bible church.” Right away I was taught the doctrine of the Trinity and thus that Jesus is God. I had never heard of that in my previous church or its Sunday school class. So, I believed in the … [Read more...]