Dr. Harvey Cox: Leader of Liberal Christianity

Harvey Cox got his PhD in the history of religion and philosophy at Harvard University. Then he was a professor there until his retirement in 2009. As an ordained minister in the American Baptist church denomination, Harvey Cox is known as the foremost scholar in the world who advocates liberal Christianity.I met Dr. Cox yesterday after I heard him speak at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University in Tempe. Dr. Cox has authored fifteen books. He spoke on … [Read more...]

Charlie Rose Interviews Donald Rumsfield

Yesterday on his television program, Charlie Rose interviewed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. He served in President George W. Bush's administration during the 2003 Iraq War. That's when the U.S. led the UN coalition forces in overthrowing dictatorial Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The coalition forces attacked Iraq on the supposition that it had nuclear weapons, which turned out to be wrong. Nearly all of the world nowadays concludes that due to this error, this war was a … [Read more...]

Is Christianity a Religion?

For all of my adult life and more, I've heard many Evangelicals, lots of them friends of mine, say, "Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship." This statement is a reaction to church denominations--especially Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox churches--that practice much ritual. I do believe that becoming a Christian is something that happens in the heart. That is, it is faith in Jesus that brings about a spiritual relationship with Jesus. Yet those who experience such faith will … [Read more...]

Eight Benefits of “Solving the Samaritan Riddle”

The New Testament book of Acts says Philip preached about Jesus to Samaritans who then believed (Acts 8.4–12), but they did not receive the Holy Spirit until days later when Peter and John came and laid hands on them (vv. 14–17). After that, Peter preached Jesus to a Gentile household. “While he was speaking,” they believed and “the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word” (10.44). Why did the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit days after they believed, but the Gentiles received the Spirit w … [Read more...]

What Did Facebook Users Talk About Most in 2014 and 2015?

What did people talk about the most last year, in 2015? The little Gaza Strip made the top ten in 2014. But then, that was because Israel was pummeling it into the ground with many missiles and bombs. How do we know it was such a major topic of conversation? Facebook has a new feature--telling us its users are talking about most.As of the third quarter in 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion users. That's more than one fifth of the world's population, even counting babies! Facebook analysts … [Read more...]

Am I an Evangelical or Not?

Does the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) say I am an evangelical or not?I was saved when I was thirteen years old by believing in Jesus as my Lord and Savior and confessing this in private prayer with my Sunday school teacher in the Nazarene Church. When I went to college I began attending a “Bible church.” Right away I was taught the doctrine of the Trinity and thus that Jesus is God. I had never heard of that in my previous church or its Sunday school class. So, I believed in the … [Read more...]

Is SBL Purposely Ignoring the World’s Religious Culture?

One time my close friend Professor Scot McKnight, now at Northern Seminary near Chicago, suggested that I do as he had done long ago and join the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I replied that it was for biblical scholars with PhDs, so that I wasn't qualified. He said that was not exactly correct and that because of my writing theological books, and thus my deep interest in the Bible and theology, that I could join and that I would benefit from doing so.So, I have now been a member … [Read more...]

Jordan Spieth Still Dominates

Twenty-two year old pro golf phenomenon Jordan Spieth won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions yesterday at Kapalua, Hawaai. He leapfrogged the stellar field of all of the PGA Tour tournament winners last year, winning by eight whopping strokes. He joined Tiger Woods as the only two players since WWII who have won seven PGA Tour tournaments by the age of twenty-two, yet two of those wins for Spieth were majors. Thus, the pro golf analysts are beginning to compare Jordan Spieth with Tiger Woods. … [Read more...]