Jack Nicklaus Honored with a Congressional Gold Medal

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress honored 75-year old Jack Nicklaus by presenting him with the highest civilian award Congress can give--a Congressional Gold Medal for recognition of Jack's greatness as a professional golfer and a family man. Members of Congress who were present to conduct the ceremony included John Boehner, Ohio Republican Senator and speaker of the House of Representatives. Jack hails from Columbus, Ohio.Jack Nicklaus has been without question the greatest golfer of all time to … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Have to Be God to Save Us?

On September 4, 2013, I posted "Jesus Had To Be Made Like His Brothers To Die For The Sins Of All Us Others." (See below.) But I keep getting comments to the contrary, so I will now blog about this again. Christians who believe Jesus is God sometimes assert, "Jesus had to be God to save us." I hear this argument from them more than any other, including offering any particular Bible verse to support their belief. Yet they are not able to offer any rationale for this argument or scriptural … [Read more...]

Joe Klein Has It Right About Israel

Joe Klein is a Jewish, American, political journalist who has his own column in Time magazine. I like to read him. His column in Time magazine, March 30, 2015, is entitled "Disgrace in Victory." It is about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu winning the Israel election last week in a disgraceful manner. I blogged about it last week.I didn't mention in the blog post that Netanyahu used a scare tactic by saying Israeli Arabs were voting in droves like never before. Well, they had always … [Read more...]

2014 SBL Panel Discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book, “How Jesus Became God”

During the past few weeks, I posted a three-part review that I wrote of Dr. Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. Before I read this book, I attended a 2.5 hour session at the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting, in late November, 2014, at San Diego that involved a panel of six scholars who discussed this new book. The panel participants were James McGrath, Michael Bird, Dale Martin, Craig Evans, Larry Hurtado, and Bart Ehrman. Bird, Hurtado, and Evans are traditionalists … [Read more...]

Netanyahu Wins and Israel Loses

Israel held elections Tuesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his fourth term in a surprising, last-minute turn of events. Friday polls showed that Hertzog and his Zionist Union party were leading among voters and therefore poised to win an upset victory. But the crafty Netanyahu stooped to low-down politics in the last hours of the campaign by announcing that there would be no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his watch if he remained prime minister. This … [Read more...]

Have a Ministry in Your Golden Years

I just returned home yesterday from being with my mother in Seattle this past weekend to celebrate her 95th birthday. She's doing well, no physical problems, still walks on her own, and has long gray hair, so it is not totally white. She still has her mind and fairly good memory. We expect her to go to at least a hundred.My eldest sister lives in Kirkland, a suburb of Seattle. She finally convinced mother eight years ago to sell her house in West Seattle and move into an assisted living home … [Read more...]

A Pastor Lists His Favorite Books–Mine Included

Today, Pastor Mike Sublett of Pampa, Texas, posted this on his Facebook page:If God said that you had to get rid of all of your books, whether on a shelf or a device, except 10, which 10 would you keep? Here are mine:1- my Bible 2- The Chronological Life of Christ by Mark Moore 3- Moments With The Savior by Ken Gire 4- The Gospels Interwoven by Kermit Zarley  5- E. M. Bounds on Prayer 6- Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill 7- Victory Through Surrender by E. Stanley Jones 8- The P … [Read more...]

Is the USA a Christian Nation?

That depends on who you ask. How you define what a Christian nation is? How are you going to get people on the same page with that one? You aren't. Definitions will be all over the map!Last Tuesday, Idaho state Senator Sheryl Nuxoll and two other fellow Republican senators refused to attend an Idaho Senate session because Hindu cleric Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada, opened it with a Hindu prayer. Senator Nuxoll defended their absence by saying the U.S. "is a Christian nation based on Christian … [Read more...]