Assurance of Salvation by Continuing in Faith and Obedience

(Scriptures are from the NRSV)The Protestant Reformation will celebrate its 500th anniversary this fall. German, Roman Catholic priest Martin Luther started it by nailing his "Ninety-Five Theses" to the door of the Wittenburg Church. That document was mostly a rejection of the Roman Catholic Church's indulgences. But Luther's clarion call was for the Church to return to the biblical admonition called "justification by faith" as found mostly in two passages in the Apostle Paul's New Testament … [Read more...]

Copts Need to Get It Right about Jesus

In the past almost six months, ISIS has conducted four massacres in Egypt against innocent Coptic Christians, resulting in over 100 deaths. In the first such assault, on December 11, a Coptic church was bombed, resulting in 24 casualties. Most recently, on May 25, ISIS ambushed a Coptic church bus convoy, killing 30. Those terrorists stopped the convoy in the desert and told its riders to switch their religion to Islam or die. Obviously, they refused and became martyrs of Christianity.Since … [Read more...]

Will Terrorism Factor in Daniel’s Last World Empire Made of Iron?

What the world calls "terrorism" is difficult to stop. Islamic radicals conduct what they believe is jihad (struggle) by committing murdering atrocities that often include their own suicide. They do the latter because of belief their martyrdom with result in them receiving rewards in heaven. Many of the people they kill are totally innocent, including women and children and oftentimes Muslims. What a barbaric travesty on human nature.How can this terrorism be stopped? I believe it likely … [Read more...]

Is Donald Trump a Big Liar Conducting a Classic Cover-up?

That's what it looks like to me. Any rational person who is the new president of the USA--the greatest country in the world and leader of the free world--and is under investigation for collusion by his election campaign team and Russian operatives to get him elected, thus overthrowing our democratic process, would NOT be conducting himself as President Donald Trump has been if he himself was innocent of such activities. First of all, he can't know for certain that none of his campaign people … [Read more...]

What Was Paul’s Christology?

The post-apostolic, institutional church has always declared that Jesus is God. The Catholic Church proclaimed at its First Ecumenical Council, at Nicaea in 325 A.D., that Jesus is "very God from very God." Its Nicene Creed includes this language and declares most authoritatively that  whoever does not so subscribe is "anathema," that is, condemned. I don't believe the Bible supports such an onerous denunciation. In fact, the question of whether or not Jesus is God is never broached in the … [Read more...]

Trump Travel Order Still Fails to Cite the Qur’an

U.S. President Donald Trump's Travel Ban against Muslims from six nations suffered a second rejection by our court system yesterday. The full Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 10 to 3 in upholding the lower court's decision. It had barred Trump's executive order to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. who are residents of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. In this appeal, lawyers removed from this second executive order "Iraq" and some language mentioning the Muslim … [Read more...]

The Worst Disease in Golf Has Hit the PGA Tour

The most dreaded disease in golf is the shanks. In the game of golf, nothing worse compares to it except swiping at that little white sphere and missing it altogether. I don't know which is more embarrassing--a shank or a miss. It depends on how bad the shank is and the course layout. If it's a really bad shank, and there's a boundary to the right, the ball might go out-of-bounds. Same for a water hazard. Either way, both shots make a shank worst than a miss because you incur one or two penalty … [Read more...]

What Do Americans Believe About the Trinity?

LifeWay was one of the largest providers of Christian publications in the world. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, LifeWay declared bankruptcy in 2015 and closed its hundreds of Christian bookstores throughout the U.S. Its LifeWay Research remains in business. Last fall, LifeWay Research published a survey it took of religious faith in the U.S.NOT THISIn this survey, LifeWay reports concerning the church doctrine of the Trinity, "Seven out of 10 Americans (69 percent) agree there is one … [Read more...]