Bert Yancey (Part 1)

Part 1 Private first class Kermit M. Zarley Jr. was discharged from the U.S. Army in the spring of 1964. (I still remember my dog tag #: ER18667197.) I had played only two rounds of golf during the past six months of active duty. That didn’t exactly prepare me for the new kind of battle I was about to undertake. I quickly exchanged my black, shiny, lace-up army boots for some colored, golf shoes with metal spikes on the soles. And my green, Army fatigues would now become history. At that … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 3)

Part 3: Is the Trinity in the New Testament? Christology developed in the early centuries of Christianity. Writing church fathers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, called apologists, believed Jesus was God, but to a lesser extent than the Father was, and that Jesus’ divinity was derived from the Father. Also, they had no consensus about the constitution of the Holy Spirit. But all of this changed during the 4th century. In 325, the Catholic Church’s first ecumenical council, held at Nicaea, … [Read more...]

The U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Prayer in Government Meetings

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to rule on whether or not the U.S. Constitution allows vocal prayer at government meetings. Such prayer has been a common practice in the U.S. Congress and state governments since the founding of the USA, over two centuries ago. This question has arisen because two women, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, have challenged their hometown of Greece, New York, for beginning its governmental meetings with prayer, usually conducted by selected Christian … [Read more...]

Ken Venturi Dies at Age 82

PGA Tour professional golfer Ken Venturi died Friday, May 17, 2013, in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 82 years old. Ken had been suffering with various health problems in recent years. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame only days earlier, though he could not attend. Ken Venturi was one the greatest professional golfers during his days on the American PGA Tour. Six feet tall, slender, handsome, and affable, Venturi had one of the best golf swings I have ever … [Read more...]

Do Evangelicals Know that C. S. Lewis Said Jesus “Was Wrong” about His Return?

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a Cambridge professor of English Medieval literature and a very successful novelist. His books The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia won him many awards and honors. And with his book Mere Christianity (1943), the venerable Lewis became the bestselling author of Christian theology during his lifetime. Lewis wrote another theological book near the end of his brilliant, literary career entitled The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays (1960). In it, he … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 2)

Part 2: Is the Trinity in Genesis? Most Christians believe in the church doctrine of the Trinity, that God is one essence consisting of three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Many cite three passages in the book of Genesis as their primary Old Testament (OT) support for the Trinity: Genesis 1.26; 3.22; 11.7. And they often refer to them when asserting that Jesus preexisted. These texts are as follows: 1.26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us … [Read more...]

The Beloved Champagne Tony Lema

The worst tragedy to strike the PGA Tour during the fifty years between the 1949 Ben Hogan bus crash and the 1999 fatal Payne Stewart airplane tragedy was the 1966 fatal plane crash involving Tony Lema and his wife Betty. Tony had just finished his last round in the PGA Championship at Akron, Ohio. He and Betty were flying in a chartered, small, single-engine airplane to Chicago’s O’Hare airport when the pilot either encountered engine trouble or ran out of fuel.  He tried to ditch the … [Read more...]

Is Unconditional Love a Biblical Concept?

Yes and no. First of all, what is it? Unconditional love is the acceptance of a person without him or her meeting any conditions. In other words, it means having affection for someone without establishing limitations. So, unconditional love means loving someone irrespective of that person’s behavior. This popular idea of unconditional love is quite contrary to much of what God says in the Bible. It’s because humans are flawed, evidenced by our unseemly acts. That’s why God provided laws … [Read more...]

Stephen Hawking Is Boycotting Israel’s Conference, and I Would Too

The world's most famous, atheistic physicist is protesting Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians by boycotting a major, international science conference to be held there next month. That seems inconsistent to me, since he has already visited Israel four times. I've been boycotting Israel for the same reason for over thirty years, and I've been consistent about it. But then, who cares! No one's asking me to come there. In about 1980, I discovered in some Old Testament prophecies that there … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 1)

Part 1: Incarnation The Apostle Paul wrote to his missionary associate, Timothy, about those who taught in opposition to Paul's teaching. He said, "If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound word, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words" (1 Timoty 6.3-4 NASB). And Paul wrote similarly in a later letter to … [Read more...]