The Death Penalty for Intentional Homicide is Right

Pope Francis is being hailed widely as a breath of fresh air for the Roman Catholic Church. There are a lot of things I like about him. But his view of capital punishment for intentional homicide is not one of them. He calls for the end of it. Many Christians agree. The European Union has outlawed it. European lawmakers want to inflict harm on the U.S. and many of its state governments for their laws about first degree murder that require the death penalty. I think anyone who professes to be a … [Read more...]

Churches Discriminate Against Singles

Tens of thousands of churches in the U.S. advertize that they are a "family church." That sounds like they minister only to families and thus not to single adults. Many do just that, and that's discrimination.I have never seen a church advertize itself as a "singles church." Yet half of all adult Americans are single. And I have never seen a church minister to single adults as much as they minister to families. I'm certainly not against churches trying to meet the spiritual needs of … [Read more...]

What Did Jesus Write on the Ground?

Oftentimes, when Jesus went to Jerusalem to worship at the temple during appointed feasts, religious authorities envious of his popularity would question him in an effort to get him to teach against the Law of Moses (Torah) in hopes that they could condemn him. One of those times they brought a woman to him who had been caught in the act of adultery. The account does not say if both parties were married, and this omitted detail is not important to the story. At least one of the guilty parties … [Read more...]

Is It Ever Right to Disobey God?

It isn't right to disobey God; but, like some things, there can be exceptions to this rule.During the early days of Moses as leader of the Israelites, God got ticked off at his people. While Moses was up on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments from God, the Israelites were down below making an image of a calf out of gold and worshipping it. While Moses was still on the mountain, three times God told Moses the Israelites were a "stiff-necked (people)" (Exodus 32.9; 33.3, 5), meaning … [Read more...]

Were Jesus’s Resurrection Appearances Visions?

Many contemporary New Testament (NT) scholars claim that the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus narrated in the four NT gospels were "visions." We're talking about the forty-day period between Jesus' resurrection from the dead and his heavenly ascension (Acts 1.3, 9). Are these scholars right about this?My first book, The Gospels Interwoven (1987, 415 pp.), is in two parts: (1) a composite harmony of the four NT gospels in the NIV, and (2) 130 questions and answers about the primary … [Read more...]

The Theocentric Book of Revelation Is About Conquering

The last book in the Bible begins, "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him" (Rev 1.1 NRSV). The word "God" always refers to "the Father" in the book of Revelation. Thus, there is no room in this book for the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity that church fathers wrongly formulated during the fourth century, pronouncing that if anyone denies this teaching he or she is not a Christian. That is flat wrong!As I have said before on this blog, I grew up in Seattle, Washington, going to … [Read more...]

Jack Nicklaus Honored with a Congressional Gold Medal

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress honored 75-year old Jack Nicklaus by presenting him with the highest civilian award Congress can give--a Congressional Gold Medal for recognition of Jack's greatness as a professional golfer and a family man. Members of Congress who were present to conduct the ceremony included John Boehner, Ohio Republican Senator and speaker of the House of Representatives. Jack hails from Columbus, Ohio.Jack Nicklaus has been without question the greatest golfer of all time to … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Have to Be God to Save Us?

On September 4, 2013, I posted "Jesus Had To Be Made Like His Brothers To Die For The Sins Of All Us Others." (See below.) But I keep getting comments to the contrary, so I will now blog about this again. Christians who believe Jesus is God sometimes assert, "Jesus had to be God to save us." I hear this argument from them more than any other, including offering any particular Bible verse to support their belief. Yet they are not able to offer any rationale for this argument or scriptural … [Read more...]


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