The Blessed Hope of Christians is Resurrection, Not Death

I love evangelist Billy Graham. For me, he was probably the greatest man of God in the twentieth century. I achieved one of my life goals in meeting this world-famous yet humble man. He spoke to our PGA Tour Bible Study multiple times. He even endorsed my first book, The Gospels Interwoven. In my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism, I tell a story from my friendship with Billy, when I asked him what he thought of evangelist and faith-healer … [Read more...]

Where Will the Righteous Go at the Resurrection?

Everyone should have a worldview. What's that? It's having an opinion about reality. It's answering questions that science and religion grapple with, such as: How did the universe originate? How did I get here? What is my purpose in living? Where am I going? Without a worldview, we're like a ship without a rudder, an airplane without wings, a car with no wheels. We don't know what's up or what's happening.One of the things that makes Christianity stand out concerning truth claims is its … [Read more...]

The World Jewish Congress Needs to Wake Up and Get Real

Yesterday, the World Jewish Congress had a full-page ad, that they paid for, in the New York Times. It was a six sentence message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. It first informs that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will come to the U.S. and meet with President Barak Obama next Monday. The purpose of the ad is to call for improved relations between the two allied nations--Israel and the U.S.U.S. President Obama has had a somewhat stormy relationship with Israel's Prime … [Read more...]

Attending SBL

Every year for the past seventeen years, the highlight of my year has been attending the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. (I joined this organization in 1999.) It is always held for four or five days the weekend before Thanksgiving in a large city in North America that has a downtown convention hall large enough to accommodate the affair. Many of the leading biblical scholars in the world, but especially from the U.S. and the UK, attend this annual gathering. They do so to … [Read more...]

Earthquake Last Night in Arizona?

That's right, folks. Last night at 11:30 PM I was reading in my home office when I heard some strange, light, grinding noises for about five seconds that seemed to originate from underneath my condominium and then BOOM--a loud noise and my condo shook very noticeably for about one second.I immediately jumped out of my chair and went outside on my balconey. There was not a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind. And there were no neighbors walking out of their houses to question what had just … [Read more...]

Did ISIS Shoot Down that Russian Airplane?

Early Friday morning an Aerojet commercial airliner crashed in the North Sinai, forty-six miles southeast of its capital and largest city, El-Arish on the Mediterranean coast. All 224 people were killed, and all but three of them were Russians. The airplane departed from Egypt's primary resort city, Sharm El-Sheikh, headed for St. Petersburg, Russia. It is the worst aviation disaster in Russian history.Hours later, an affiliate of ISIS, called Sinai Province of the Islamic State, claimed to … [Read more...]

Tzipi Hotovely Says Israel Should Annex the West Bank

Yes, I agree, but in negotiation with the Palestinians in which Israel keeps only its "ancestral land," as its Proclamation of Independence demands, and the Palestinians get all of "the land of the Philistianes."Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a shaky coalition government right now. It includes a lot of ultra-conservative religious leaders who will never agree to let the Palestinians have most, and certainly not all, of the West Bank. In fact, they refuse to call it that and … [Read more...]

Muslims Should Apply Their Moniker to Jesus

The words Muslim and Islam derive from the Arabic word al-silm, which means "submission or surrender." In the case of the religion of Islam, they mean submission to Allah, the Arabic word for God. that is the foremost belief of the Muslims' religion, to submit to God.As a Christian, I also believe that submission to God is the core of my religion. So, Christians and Muslims have this very important tenant of their religion in common.Another important belief in Islam is that God has sent … [Read more...]


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