The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

In recent years, the world has become a more dangerous place in which to live. This is indicated by the Doomsday Clock. This metaphorical graphic is the brainchild of scientists who banded together in 1947 to form the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The impetus for this organization and its Doomsday Clock was the U.S. dropping two atomic bombs on Japan two years earlier, which soon led to the ending of WWII. These scientists were worried about the future development of atomic weapons and … [Read more...]

A Brief Review of Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ”

Lee Strobel is a 64-year old, very successful, apologist author of books on Christian faith. But it wasn't always so. He graduated from Harvard Law School and then was a journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune newspaper. In Strobel's most popular book, The Case for Christ (1998, Zondervan, p 13), he relates, "For much of my life I was a skeptic. In fact, I considered myself an atheist.... As for Jesus, didn't you know that he never claimed to be God? He was a revolutionary, a sage, an … [Read more...]

Do President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Believe in Our Democracy?

Steve Bannon is a right-wing journalist who ran Brietbart News until last summer. He then joined the Donald Trump campaign for the U.S. presidency. Before that, Mr. Bannon served as a naval officer for seven years. Then he was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs. He then became involved in the Hollywood film industry, producing 18 films.Steve Bannon is now the senior advisor to President Donald Trump. Even though Mr. Bannon has worked in the news media that last few years, he reportedly … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Acknowledges God

New U.S. President Donald Trump often acknowledges God these days. During his Inauguration Day last Friday, he had several Evangelical leaders speak as well as a Roman Catholic, a rabbi, and others. But the affair had multiple Evangelicals that included Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham.Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I not only didn't vote for Mr. Trump, I posted many times about my objection to him becoming our president. However, he is now our president, and I wish him … [Read more...]

Did the Risen Jesus Appear in “Another Form” or Not?

All four New Testament gospels tell about Jesus being crucified, dying on the cross, being entombed, and then rising from the dead on the third day. (The expression, "after three days," in Mark is a Semitic idiom meaning "third day" in other synoptics). Then all four of these gospels relate various narratives about the risen Jesus appearing to his disciples the following days. He conversed with them, ate and drank with them, and they even literally touched him. Ghosts can't eat and drink or be … [Read more...]

National Endowment for the Humanities to Be Eliminated

President Donald Trump's administration is planning to drastically cut federal government expenses. It will include the entire elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These plans are being directed by the politically right-wing Heritage Foundation. Such actions would negatively impact education in this country.I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). John Kutsko, SBL's executive director, sent members an … [Read more...]

The New Era: Post-Truth

Read this excellent Patheos post by Ben Witherington, New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, "Do We Live in a World of Post-Truth?" … [Read more...]

Will the Antichrist Be Homosexual?

Some Bible prophecy teachers used to insist that the book of Daniel says the final Antichrist will be homosexual. It was mostly because Daniel 11.37 in the King James Version of the Bible reads concerning "the king" of v. 36, "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." These teachers were right in thinking this king refers to the Antichrist. But they thought the phrase, "nor the desire of women," meant he … [Read more...]