Throughout the history of Christianity, this has been a major question theologians have debated. And systematic theologians often have made it a plank in their system. Best known is John Calvin’s systematic theology that is most easily characterized by the acronym TULIP. The third letter, L, represents Limited Atonement. So, Calvin taught that Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death for the sins of others is limited in its application to only the elect, that is, those who are God’s people. Christians who… Read more

The White House first announced last week that President Donald Trump will deliver a major speech tomorrow regarding the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This billionaire real estate mogul in his previous life–who authored (really?) the book The Art of the Deal–repeatedly stated in his campaign for the U.S. presidency last year that solving this perennial problem would be “the ultimate deal.” Like all his presidential predecessors for decades, Trump is now going to weigh in on this elusive achievement within hours…. Read more

Yesterday, Rickie Fowler shot a blistering 11-under par 61 to come from seven shots back of leader Charley Hoffman and win the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas by four strokes with an 18-under par total of 270. It was a stunning victory that got pro golf fans and television commentators talking about a possible stellar year ahead for the twenty-eight year old Fowler. Rickie Fowler has been a crowd favorite ever since his first year on the PGA Tour,… Read more

When Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency last year, this real estate developer-mogul and author of The Art of the Deal repeatedly declared that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be “the ultimate deal.” Indeed, the UN has tried to solve it ever since 1947, soon after the UN was birthed. Trump also repeatedly excited his evangelical religious base as well as many Jews by promising that if he was elected president he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel… Read more

Tiger Woods is in a respectable tie for fifth place after two rounds in the Hero World Challenge, being played in the Bahamas, with a 69 and 68, seven under par. Midway on his back nine today he was tied for the lead. This is the first pro tournament Tiger has played in almost a year. He had his fourth back surgery last spring. It is so difficult to come back like that after surgery, let alone having not played… Read more

He certainly needs psychotherapy or at least some form of regular, cognitive therapy. The main reason is that Donald Trump suffers from a obvious, extreme narcissism. But the other reason is that he creates his own reality by constantly lying. Ever since Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president until now, fact checkers have been pointing this out by comparing Trump’s public statements with historical facts. Since he has been president, these fact checkers generally agree that Donald Trump… Read more

That depends on how the word “worship” is defined. Since Christians generally base their faith on the Bible, it depends especially on the meaning of the word proskuneo in the Greek New Testament. Dr. Larry Hurtado is a New Testament scholar and a historian of Christian Origins. He also is the preeminent leader of a group of scholars who claim that the early Christians mentioned in the New Testament worshipped Jesus and that this indicates that they believed Jesus was… Read more

Nearly all Christians are Trinitarians because that is what their churches teach them. It was the same with me. What is the doctrine of the Trinity? It means God is one essence existing as (not in) three co-equal and co-eternal persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The initial reaction of most Christians when hearing this definition is, “well, yeah, there is the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. That’s all in the Bible.” Yes, but does… Read more

Christians generally claim that they base their beliefs on the Bible. What about the church teaching of the doctrine of the Trinity? Is that based on the Bible? For the first three centuries of Christianity, no one had ever heard of the doctrine of the Trinity. That’s because there wasn’t any. Oh, you can go back to church father Tertullian, who was a lawyer and not really a churchman. Some Christians think he taught the doctrine of the Trinity. But… Read more

When Donald Trump was campaigning for the U.S. presidency, he criticized then U.S. President Barack Obama for playing too much golf. He insinuated that Obama was neglecting his duties as president. What a load! Trump’s golf-playing as president has so far revealed that you can’t believe this man’s word. Mark Knoller of CBS News keeps detailed statistics of U.S. presidents, including about their golf. He says during President Obama’s two-term U.S. presidency, he played golf 333 days during those 2,848… Read more

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