Does the Bible Err By Saying Philistines Predate Israelites in the Levant

For the past two weeks, I have been blogging occasionally about the amazing discovery of a 3,000-year old Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon, Israel, which was announced on July 10th. It is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever in the Levant. The Old Testament has much historical record about the Philistines being the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The Philistines lived on the coastal plain, adjacent to the Israelites who lived predominantly in the Judean hill country and … [Read more...]

On Who Jesus Is, Do You Listen to Jesus or Church Fathers?

There is a difference. I'm referring to post-apostolic, institutional, Catholic church fathers of the 2nd through at least the 5th centuries. I'm mean their extant writings and their creeds drafted at their so-called "ecumenical councils." At their first one, the Nicene Council of 325, they drafted the Nicene Creed signed by over 300 bishops that says Jesus is "very God of very God." They meant he is just as divine as the God whom Jesus called "Father," namely, the God of creation.┬áBut that is … [Read more...]

Professor Wayne Grudem Endorses Donald Trump for U.S. President

I have posted several times during the past year about my objection to Donald Trump becoming president of the United States of America. At first, the very idea seemed like a joke to me. The only thing I have liked about this most unordinary presidential election campaign in my lifetime has been the many cartoons created about the Trumpster. In my early posts about him, I predicted he would not last. But like many other usually sane minds who have prognosticated about this Republican presidential … [Read more...]

Jimmy Walker Wins His First Major Golf Championship

Yesterday, Jimmy Walker--a slender, 6 foot 2 inch, 37-year old, Baylor graduate, and bearded native Texan--won his first major, the PGA Championship. It was the last of the four majors this year and was held at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. To do so, Jimmy defeated defending champion and #1 world player Jason Day by one stroke. He then lifted the 37-pound, crystal, Wanamaker trophy at the end of a grueling and tense day of golf.The tournament had been plagued with … [Read more...]

Ben Witherington Entangles Himself by Deifying Jesus

Ben Witherington III is a distinguished New Testament (NT) professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also a friend of mine who I highly respect as a theologian. I usually visit briefly with Ben every year at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I agree a lot theologically with Ben except for his identifying Jesus as God.I once told Ben that I had been a Trinitarian for twenty-two years, then re-examined in depth the subject of whether or not … [Read more...]

Is human Enhancement Morally Acceptable?

Medical science is going to make humans superior, both physically and mentally, and it's not very far off. They will do it mostly with gene editing, also called genetic engineering. The result is called "transhumanism" or "human enhancement." From birth, people will be much less prone, or completely resistant, to certain diseases, and they will be smarter and better looking. Scientists, ethicists, and religious leaders are discussing it. A high majority of scientists favor it. But will gene … [Read more...]

What Does “the Real Jesus” Mean?

It depends on who you ask? And any answer should be compared with answers to the question, "what does 'the historical Jesus' mean?" These are prime questions among Jesus researchers in the academy--mostly historians and biblical scholars--who specialize in what is called "the quest for the historical Jesus."Most Christians are unaware of what goes on in the academy. The Quest for that Historical Jesus has been a premier investigation that is generally recognized among scholars to have begun … [Read more...]