The Shroud of Turin Is Not Jesus’ Burial Cloths

Tonight, CNN presented a one hour television documentary special entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery." I thought this title was inappropriate because the entire episode was about whether or not the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. Thus, the title should have had "Shroud of Turin" in it or the like. CNN did some advertizing of this special, so I think they were a bit deceptive about whole thing. They interviewed some scholars, including Ben Witherington III who I know.I … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book-”How Jesus Became God,” Part 3 of 3

So far in this review, I have been quite critical of Dr. Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God. I agree with him that Jesus did not think he was God and never claimed to be God. But there isn’t much else in those first five chapters with which I do agree. His main point is that the early Christians began believing Jesus was God because of their belief in his resurrection, and with that I disagree most vehemently.Ehrman’s Chapter 6 is titled, “The Beginning of Christologies: Christ as Exalted to … [Read more...]

Plumb-Bob Your Putts

Watching on television the finishing nine holes today in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California, so many pros missed putts on the ocean side of the hole. I think if they would have plumb-bobbed their putts, they wouldn't have been fooled by the tilted ground on which they were golfing their ball.The picturesque Riviera County Club lies in the Santa Monica Canyon that gradually slopes straight down to the blue Pacific Ocean, only two miles away. So, the … [Read more...]

James Hahn Wins his First PGA Tour Tournament

What a great story for the PGA Tour. Korean-American James Hahn just minutes ago won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California. It is his first PGA Tour tournament win after competing in over sixty PGA Tour tournaments. He won with a birdie on the second hole in a three-man, sudden playoff with Paul Casey and budding superstar Dustin Johnson. Hahn was ranked 297th in the Sony World rankings. But the slender, handsome, six-foot, one inch Hahn looked like a cool, … [Read more...]

Does President Obama Read the Qu’ran?

The U.S. White House arranged an international summit that was held this week in Washington, D.C., to address Islamic terrorism around the world. President Obama spoke at it. But as always, he refrained from using the expression "Islamic terrorism." The reason is that he does not think such terrorists are genuine Muslims. I don't agree with him about refusing to use that expression, but I do sympathize somewhat with him about this subject. There have been many misdeeds committed by professing … [Read more...]

Must Christians Forgive Others Unconditionally?

I wrote a post on May 10, 2013 entitled "Is Unconditional Love a Biblical Concept?" Now I will post about unconditional forgiveness. We live in an era in which so many authorities in various disciplines claim that unconditional love, and thus unconditional forgiveness, is the proper way to live. In that post, I said that this concept was originated by Darwinian psychiatrists and others who were opposed to Christianity.Moreover, many Christians in the USA, if not most of them, are taught in … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book, How Jesus Became God–Part 2 of 3

(All scriptures are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus; without it, there never would have been any Christianity. Many historians have made this claim. Dr. Bart Ehrman believes it and so do I. He says (p. 174), “This is how Christianity started. If no one had thought Jesus had been raised, he would have been lost in the midst of Jewish antiquity and would be known today only as another failed Jewish prophet.”But as I stated in … [Read more...]

My Next New Book Will Be About Spirit Baptism

I would have never thought I would write a book about Spirit baptism. My next book about this is finished and has been accepted for publication by Wipf and Stock Publishers. They are a print-on-demand house that specializes in publishing and reprinting theological books. They are only about twenty years old, yet they now have the largest booth each year at the Book Exhibit Hall of the combined Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). … [Read more...]


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