Praying for a “Breakthrough”

For several years, I've been praying that God would give me a "breakthrough book." That has been my exact expression. Sometimes, I would say only the word "breakthrough," referring to a book. God knew what I meant. Why was I praying that?I made a decision long ago to try to become an author of theological books. From the human viewpoint, it was a crazy decision. My fulltime career as a pro golfer on the PGA Tour was coming to an end, in 1982. What was I going to do for work? I had four … [Read more...]

Who or What is Daniel’s Son of Man?

One of my favorite Bible texts is Daniel 7.13-14. In the ESV it reads: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." This text is the only place in … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Making Himself God?

The Gospel of John records a narrative in which Jesus' Jewish interlocutors accused him of "making yourself God" (John 10.33 NRSV and throughout). This is one of two texts in this gospel that traditionalist Christians cite to support that Jesus was God, the other being John 5.18. But they misinterpret both texts by claiming that these accusations were true of Jesus--saying he indeed was "making himself equal to God" (5.18) and making himself God (10.33). On the contrary, in both texts the author … [Read more...]

Is Jesus God Because He Is the Son of God?

The New Testament often identifies Jesus as "the Son of God." Most Christians believe Jesus was both fully man and fully God, and most of them believe Jesus was God because he is the Son of God. This belief dates back to church fathers, who eventually came to also call Jesus "God the Son." But this notion is not based on the Bible. Christians have reasoned that if God has a Son he must be God because when a man, a human being, has a son that son is a human being. There are some fallacies in this … [Read more...]

The One Who Sends Is Greater than the One Who Is Sent

Most Christians think the primary message of the Gospel of John is that Jesus is God. I think that is a misunderstanding of this gospel and that it never identifies Jesus as being God. Quite the contrary, the primary and most repeated message of the Gospel of John is that God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world by dying on the cross. In fact, this gospel says numerous times that God sent Jesus, and in most of these instances, Jesus himself said God "sent me."God sending Jesus means God … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Call Peter “Satan”?

Well, not for most of us, who think of Satan as the chief angel who opposes God, tempts his people, and deceives the world.Soon after the Apostle Peter identified Jesus as "the Christ" (Matt. 16.16; Mark 8.29; Luke 9.20), Mark records that Jesus "began to teach them [apostles] that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again" (Mark 8.31 NRSV; but "again" is not in the Greek … [Read more...]

What Name Did God Give the Messiah?

Most Christians probably would think that this is a stupid question. For the most part, I would agree with them. But in the history of Christianity, for many Trinitarian Christians the most important biblical text they have cited for their belief that Jesus is God is Philippians 2.6-11. Modern scholars identify it as a hymn, calling it "the Philippian hymn." There is no consensus among them on whether or not Paul crafted this hymn himself or he merely adopted it as one probably known to his … [Read more...]

How Offensive Can Donald Trump Get?

Donald Trump is a very arrogant, offensive man who doesn't deserve to become a nominee for the election of the president of the United States of America. Read these public quotes by him, which don't even contain the additional offensive remarks he has made on television in the past month: … [Read more...]