Who Hits the Ball: You or God?


People are often perplexed or amused when I tell them that during my professional golf career, the most asked question in the PGA Tour Bible Study was always, “Who hits the ball: me or God?”Presbyterians would answer confidently, “God hits the ball.”Methodists would answer triumphantly, “You hit the ball.”Anglicans-Episcopalians would answer ecumenically, "Both hit the ball."Baptists would answer exhortingly, “You guys are so heavenly-minded you’re no earthly good. Fuhgeddaboutit! … [Read more...]

Was the Apostle Paul a Cessationist?

[Much of the following is from my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism, which is being published by Wipf and Stock Publishers to be released this fall.]I was saved in a Nazareen Church when I was thirteen years old. But I began my theological education in a Bible church when I was an eighteen-year old freshman in college. At my new church, I soon learned about spiritual gifts in the New Testament (NT). They are listed as follows: Romans 12.6–8; 1 … [Read more...]

Churches Discriminate Against Singles

Tens of thousands of churches in the U.S. advertize that they are a "family church." That sounds like they minister only to families and thus not to single adults. Many do just that, and that's discrimination.I have never seen a church advertize itself as a "singles church." Yet half of all adult Americans are single. And I have never seen a church minister to single adults as much as they minister to families. I'm certainly not against churches trying to meet the spiritual needs of … [Read more...]

Is It Ever Right to Disobey God?

It isn't right to disobey God; but, like some things, there can be exceptions to this rule.During the early days of Moses as leader of the Israelites, God got ticked off at his people. While Moses was up on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments from God, the Israelites were down below making an image of a calf out of gold and worshipping it. While Moses was still on the mountain, three times God told Moses the Israelites were a "stiff-necked (people)" (Exodus 32.9; 33.3, 5), meaning … [Read more...]

The Theocentric Book of Revelation Is About Conquering

The last book in the Bible begins, "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him" (Rev 1.1 NRSV). The word "God" always refers to "the Father" in the book of Revelation. Thus, there is no room in this book for the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity that church fathers wrongly formulated during the fourth century, pronouncing that if anyone denies this teaching he or she is not a Christian. That is flat wrong!As I have said before on this blog, I grew up in Seattle, Washington, going to … [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...]

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...]

Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross?

After Jesus hung on the cross for six hours and was about to die, he cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27.46/Mk 15.34). When he said that, Jesus was quoting the beginning of Psalm 22 in the Bible’s Old Testament. King David wrote this psalm, and the New Testament often applies portions of it to Jesus’ crucifixion. A good study reference Bible shows this. There are two theological issues which arise concerning this outcry by the crucified, dying Jesus. … [Read more...]