More on the Philistine Cemetery Discovery at Ashkelon

I posted yesterday about the announcement Sunday of the discovery of more than 200 Philistine skeletons in a 3,000-year old cemetery at Ashkelon, Israel. Ashkelon was one of the five city-states of ancient Philistia, the arch rival of ancient Israel that we read so much about in the Jewish Bible (Old Testament). This is a major archaeological find that will have much impact on studies about the ancient Philistines, of whom there has been quite a lack of information.The most important goal of … [Read more...]

Golf Digest Cites my “Let There Be Light” Post

See the following article in Golf Digest, published on 2/23/16, that acknowledges my being the first to suggest there likely will someday be golf courses with glowing trees that will enable the playing of golf during the night: My post here on this is 2/17/16: "Let There Be Light on the Golf Course 24/7." … [Read more...]

Why Get DNA from Cemetery of 200 Philistines?

It was just announced yesterday that an archaeological team has discovered a 3,000 year old cemetery in Askelon National Park in Israel that contains the skeletons of 200 Philistines. (Askelon was a major Philistine city with an important harbor on the Mediterranean coast.) The discovery actually was made thirty years ago by the Leon Levy Expedition, a team of archaeologists from Harvard University, Boston College, Wheaton College in Illinois, and Troy College in Alabama. This elite group has … [Read more...]

Egypt–Forfeit the North Sinai to Create a Palestinian State

Thursday, a masked gunman representing an Islamic terrorist group in the North Sinai that is affiliated with ISIS walked up to 46-year old Rafael Moussa, a Coptic Orthodox Church priest, and shot him dead as he was standing near the Coptic St. George Church in El Arish, the capital city of North Sinai, which is part of the large Sinai Peninsula, a mostly wilderness that belongs to Egypt. An ISIS message was soon posted on the Internet describing Moussa as a "disbelieving combatant."For about … [Read more...]

Why Does Paul Tell Women to Cover their Hair “Because of the Angels”?

(Scripture quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The Apostle Paul provides more instruction in his extensive First Epistle to the Corinthians about how Christians should conduct their church meetings than anywhere else to be found in the New Testament. His marker that designates church gatherings in this epistle is the expression, “when you come together (as a church).” This phrase appears five times in one chapter alone (1 Cor 11.17-18, 20, 33-34; also 14.26).In fact, Fir … [Read more...]

Was Donald Trump a Draft Dodger?

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for U. S. president, says if president he will strengthen our military, aid our veterans, and be really tough on ISIS. So, Trump is campaigning as a friend of the military, sometimes giving speeches to veteran gatherings.During this political campaign last summer, Donald Trump made a disparaging remark about longtime-serving Republican Senator of Arizona, John McCain, a decorated navy captain and pilot who served in the Vietnam War. His plane … [Read more...]

Radical Islamists–“Discredit their Ideology”

Recently retired Army Lt. General Michael T. Flynn has been advising Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency this year, including the now Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump. He served in the Army for 33 years, mostly as an intelligence officer. His last post was as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. It is like the CIA to the Defense Department. He was somewhat critical of the President Obama administration, such as the president's refusal to properly identify our Islamic … [Read more...]

The Panama Canal Just Got a Lot Bigger

The American Society of Civil Engineers designates the Panama Canal as "one of the seven wonders of the modern world." Located in the western hemisphere in Central America, it greatly reduces the shipping route between East and West so that ships do not have to navigate the dangerous southern tip of South American--Cape Horn. More tonnage of goods is transported through the Panama Canal than any other canal in the world.So, as the world's most important waterway, the nearly fifty-mile Panama … [Read more...]