Dr. Tuggy Interviews Me About My New Book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle

My friend Dr. Dale Tuggy is a Christian philosophy professor at State University of New York in Fredonia. He has now interviewed me four times on four different subjects, at 45 minutes each, and published them on his podcast blog at trinities.org. The most recent, fourth, interview is about my unique new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism. Here is the URL for listening to this … [Read more...]

Is the Judeo-Christian Faith Monotheistic or Henotheistic?

In recent times, some Old Testament (OT) scholars have claimed that at least the early faith of the Hebrew people was henotheistic rather than monotheistic. There is some evidence in the Old Testament that seems to support this scholarly claim about the Hebrews being henotheists. Monotheism means there is only one god, whereas henotheism means there are multiple gods with one of them being chief of all. Some OT scholars claim the OT indicates that the Hebrews were henotheistic and that the later … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Call Peter “Satan”?

Well, not for most of us, who think of Satan as the chief angel who opposes God, tempts his people, and deceives the world.Soon after the Apostle Peter identified Jesus as "the Christ" (Matt. 16.16; Mark 8.29; Luke 9.20), Mark records that Jesus "began to teach them [apostles] that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again" (Mark 8.31 NRSV; but "again" is not in the Greek … [Read more...]

Jordan Spieth Wins the 2015 U.S. Open

Jordan Spieth is the new kid on the block on the PGA Tour. This 21-year old Texan is now headed for superstardom by winning the Masters in April and the U.S. Open yesterday. Those are the first two of the four major championships in the world of professional golf. Only six pros have ever won the first two majors of the years Plus, Spieith is the youngest to win the first two since Gene Sarazen, called The Squire, did so in 1922 at age 20 by winning the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.This … [Read more...]

What Does Maranatha Mean?

Yesterday, I posted about "your kingdom come" in the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6.9-13 and Luke 11.2-4. The Aramaic word maranatha is similar. Here is an excerpt from my book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ, about maranatha:The Apostle Paul uses the Aramaic word maranatha only in 1 Corinthians 16.22.[1] This use indicates that Greek-speaking Christians borrowed this transliterated word from the early Aramaic-speaking Jewish Christians of Judea and Galilee and made it a part of their own … [Read more...]

My Talk with Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry about Aliens, God, and Sci-Fi

(This post is an excerpt from a book I'm writing.)I met Gene Roddenberry in 1979. We were flying through the air with the greatest of ease. But it wasn’t on a spaceship. We were on a big, 747 Boeing jet airliner. We were traveling from New York City to Morocco, North Africa, to play in a golf tournament hosted by the king of Morocco.I was told that Mr. Roddenberry was on the plane to participate in the king’s golf tournament. So, I located him and introduced myself. We shook hands and I s … [Read more...]

I Asked Billy Graham, “What’s It Like for You to Attend Church?”

I was one of the many friends of Evangelist Billy Graham. Ever since he was a teenager, he liked to play golf. When I played the regular PGA Tour, sometimes Billy participated in the pro-amateur event preceding the Atlanta Classic and the Kemper Open at Charlotte. Those tournaments were close to his home in Montreat, North Carolina.One year I first met Billy Graham on the practice putting green at Atlanta Country Club, where the Atlanta Classic was held. Billy played golf cross-handed. So, … [Read more...]