Interview of Kenneth L. Woodward, Newsweek’s Religion Editor

I just read this interview of Kenneth L. Woodward. At the time of the interview, in 2002, he had been Newsweek magazine's Religion Editor for 38 years. I think Woodward is really insightful about American Christianity. Here is the URL: … [Read more...]

Sweden Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

Yesterday, Sweden became the first EU member and the third Western European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood. The others are Cyprus and Malta. Such recognition is no more than a symbolic gesture. But it is a public announcement that Sweden now takes not only a political stand advocating the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but that it now recognizes the State of Palestine even though Palestinians don't have an actual land they can claim as sovereignly their … [Read more...]

What Does Maranatha Mean?

Yesterday, I posted about "your kingdom come" in the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6.9-13 and Luke 11.2-4. The Aramaic word maranatha is similar. Here is an excerpt from my book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ, about maranatha:The Apostle Paul uses the Aramaic word maranatha only in 1 Corinthians 16.22.[1] This use indicates that Greek-speaking Christians borrowed this transliterated word from the early Aramaic-speaking Jewish Christians of Judea and Galilee and made it a part of their own … [Read more...]

What Does “Your Kingdom Come” Mean in “the Lord’s Prayer”?

According to the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. This model prayer has been popularly called "the Lord's Prayer," with "Lord" referring to Jesus. Both Matthew and Luke provide a similar version of it, with Luke's being shorter (Matthew 6.9-13; Luke 11.2-4). Both prayers begin by addressing God as "Father." That was Jesus' favorite way of referring to God. Calling God "Father" obviously is a recognition of an relationship with God similar to what a son or a … [Read more...]

The Bible Is Not “the Word of God”

Almost all Christians think the Bible is “the word of God.” But they are mistaken if they try to go by the Bible. According to the Bible, “the word of God” is that which is spoken, not that which is written. Thus, “the word of God” is what we hear spoken, especially preached, but not what we read. Some scholars distinguish the two by referring to “the spoken word of God” and “the written word of God.” That distinction, however, is not made in the Bible. What difference does it make? We’ll get to … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Bishop Alexander and his Pastor Arius

Sean Finnegan is a friend of mine in the Biblical Unitarian Movement. (I prefer to call myself a One God Christian because I think there is less confusion with it than the label Biblical Unitarian.) Sean and I believe alike about God being numerically one, the Father, and therefore Jesus not being God. Thus, we believe post-apostolic, institutional church fathers--all of them Gentiles and many of them influenced by Greek philosophy--erred in deciding that Jesus is God and eventually that God is … [Read more...]

UK Votes for “Palestine Alongside the State of Israel”


Yesterday, the UK's Parliament voted unanimously to recognize Palestine as a state. Of course, it is not much more than a symbolic gesture in support of the Palestinians' desire for a state. The British House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to support a motion for the British government to "recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.""Palestine alongside the state of Israel" is not what Palestinians and the international community have been focused on for over 45 years. U.S. … [Read more...]

The Bible Does Not Say God Created the Angels

Christians dogmatically assert that God created the angels. But the Bible never explicitly says this, nor does it say angels had an origin. The Jewish Encyclopedia well observes, “Upon the important problem of the origin of angels Biblical writers do not touch; but it is inferred [in the Jewish Bible] that angels existed before the Creation (Gen. i. 26; Job, xxxviii. 7).”Notice that the above statement cites two biblical references. Genesis 1.26 says in the NRSV, "Then God said, 'Let us make … [Read more...]