During the nineteenth century, leading German theologians began an in-depth study called “the quest for the historical Jesus.” They distinguished between what they called “the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.” By this expression they meant there exists a disparity between these two concepts. By the phrase, “Jesus of history,” they meant Jesus of Nazareth who can be examined from such documents as the New Testament gospels in accordance with certain criterion that historians establish for determining historical… Read more

Dr. Haddon W. Robinson died eleven days ago, on July 22, at 86 years of age. He was known as an accomplished preacher. But throughout his career, he mostly taught the craft of preaching to young men in seminary who aspired to be preachers as well. There are many preachers today, worldwide, whom Dr. Robinson taught how to preach. I knew Dr. Robinson, though not well, many years ago. It was during the early part of his career when he… Read more

President Donald Trump keeps calling the Justice Department’s Russian probe investigation, now led by special counsel Robert Mueller, “a hoax” and “a witch hunt.” He can’t leave it alone. Constantly doing this can only mean one thing–Donald Trump is trying to get this investigation stopped because there is some serious dirt on him that, if made public, could put him in a mess of trouble leading to impeachment and who knows what else. It is the only conclusion that makes… Read more

President Donald Trump and his supporters kept yelling during the presidential election campaign last year, “lock her up.” They were referring Trump’s opponent Hilary Clinton and the FBI investigation about her using a private server for her emails. They claimed she broke laws and thus should be punished, even doing time in jail. I thought it was ridiculous. FBI Director James Comey eventually announced that summer that they had closed the investigation because she committed no criminal wrongdoing. When Trump… Read more

Today, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela won the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville (Toronto suburb), Canada, and American resident Bernhard Langer of Germany won the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, UK. Vegas became only the fourth player in history to successfully defend his Canadian Open title. He had tied with American Charley Hoffman at 21 under par 267 for the regulation 72 holes. Vegas won the first extra hole with a birdie on the par-five… Read more

President Donald Trump has been trashed the American news media throughout his campaign for the U.S. presidency last year and during his now six month tenure as president. So, he rarely grants interviews with journalists or holds press conferences. But last Tuesday evening, he summoned three editors with the The New York Times–a newspaper he constantly claims is full of lies and “fake news,” which is so unbecoming of a president of this “land of the free”–and gave a rambling,… Read more

Young phenom Jordan Spieth, from Dallas, Texas, is 11-under par with a three shot lead over Matt Kuchar after three rounds in the British Open. Kuchar has a three shot lead over Brooks Koepka, the U.S. Open winner last month. Tomorrow, Spieth has a chance to make golfing history. If he wins, he will be the first pro golfer under the age of 24 to win three of the four major championships in golf: Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and… Read more

Jesus once asked his disciples who he was. Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16.16 NRSV). Then, for the first time, Jesus told them he must go to Jerusalem, be killed, and rise from the dead on the third day (v. 21). Without telling them he would then ascend to heaven to remain awhile, he added concerning his future return, “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the… Read more

Yesterday, Sung Hyun Park, a 23-year old female professional golfer from South Korea, won the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament by two strokes with a 67, 5 under par, for an 11 under par 277 total for the 72 holes of regulation play. She defeated 17-year old amateur sensation Hye-Jim Choi, also from South Korea. Park is in her first year on the LPGA Tour, and this was her first victory there. She had already won ten tournaments on the… Read more

This Fall will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It began on October 31, 1517, when a 33-year old German Roman Catholic monk and theologian named Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, also called the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” This document was ninety-five numbered statements. Most of them are one or two lines in length. In them, Luther presents objections and some confirmations of Catholic soteriology as it pertains mostly to indulgences. He declares… Read more

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