Jethro Will Always Be Jethro

Donna Douglas died yesterday at 82 years of age. She played a starring role as Elly May on that beloved but whacky TV sitcom comedy The Beverly Hillbillies. It was one of American television's most watched series, and it ran for nine years. It was about a poor, backwoods family that struck oil on their land, making them filthy rich. They then moved west to Beverly Hills, California, next to Hollywood. Enjoying the "good life" in sunny and culturally-modern California, however, did not take the c … [Read more...]

Nuclear Disarmament Goes to the World Court

Soon after WWII ended, the U.S. and the Soviet Union began their Cold War nuclear arms race which continued for more than a generation. From 1946 to 1958 the U.S. government detonated 23 atomic bombs as tests both above ground and underwater in the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. had convinced the islanders to temporarily leave their homes, telling them they could return afterwards to their land that would not suffer any ill-effects from the … [Read more...]

“The Interview” Was a Bad Idea

The past few weeks there's been a lot of media attention about Sony Pictures Entertainment's political comedy movie "The Interview." It is reportedly a satire about two American journalists who go to North Korea. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency persuades them to assasinate current President Kim Jong-un, who is portrayed negatively. They do, and the film shows them blowing up the President's head. Crass! When the North Korean government learned of the film, it called it an "act of … [Read more...]

Will There Be Any Atheists in the Endtimes?

According to the Bible, there won't be many atheists, if any, during the endtimes. Prophecies about this are in Daniel and Revelation, the two foremost apocalyptic books in the Bible. Revelation in the New Testament actually fills in details of the endtimes framework established in Daniel in the Old Testament.Both Daniel and Revelation predict that a man will arise during the so-called endtimes who will become one of the greatest political and religious leaders in human history. Christians … [Read more...]

Torturing the U.S. National Conscience

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its 6,000+ page report last week on the interrogation techniques of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that it has exercised on captured, suspected terrorists following 9/11. The CIA calls it "enhanced interrogation techniques" (EITs); the report calls much of it "torture." The primary technique that has been debated for years now is "waterboarding." The purpose of the report is to stir the national conscience into passing laws in … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Jesus and the Spirit

I recently read James D.G. Dunn’s book entitled Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament, published in 1975. It was his second book. Jimmy, as his friends call him, went on to become one of the premier New Testament (NT) scholars in the world and perhaps the foremost scholar on Christology, largely due to his book published in 1980 entitled Christology in the Making (short title), published in 1 … [Read more...]

2014–Not a Good Year for Israel

This has not been a good year for the State of Israel.First, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry conducted Kissenger-like shuttle diplomacy in trying to renew the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. But his efforts failed largely because Israel's politically-conversative adminstration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not much of a partner. It was mostly due its apparent reneging on a commitment to release some Palestinian prisoners and its continued approval of … [Read more...]

Publishers Weekly Forecast for Christian Book Publishing in 2015

Publishers Weekly (PW) is the premier, American, weekly, trade news magazine for religious book publishers, librarians, booksellers, agents, and authors. It informs what religious books are selling best and forecasts trends in the near future for religious book publishing. Each year, the Annual Meeting of both the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR) is held the weekend before Thanksgiving in a major North American city. And in recent years PW always … [Read more...]