Christians Fleeing North Sinai Due to ISIS

Hundreds of Christian families are fleeing their homes in the Egyptian territory of the North Sinai due to threats and killings by ISIS. On February 19, the Egypt chapter of ISIS released a video calling Coptic Orthodox Christians, who are most prominent in Egypt, “our priority and our preferred prey.” Most are fleeing for Cairo or thereabouts.I have blogged before about this increasing turmoil in the North Sinai. I suspect that it is another development leading to the eventual formation of a … [Read more...]

New Golf Rule Changes

Well, after posting Sunday and today about my apparent error regarding the golf rule about "building a stance," I learned only minutes later there was a very important announcement today in golf about the rules of the game. It reminded me of what the outspoken yet winsome golfing legend Gene Sarazen once said to me. I was playing with him at Augusta National in the par-three, nine-hole competition that is a tradition on Wednesday before the Masters tournament starts each year. Gene was there … [Read more...]

I Stand Corrected About “Building a Stance” in Golf

Three days ago, I posted about the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, played last Saturday. I claimed that Ricki Fowler, who eventually won the tournament, had broken the rule of gold that forbids "building a stance." (See "Ricki Fowler Should Have Been Penalized.") It happened on his second shot on the second hole, which was televised. When Ricki took his stance to play, he was standing on pine needles under the pine trees. He scraped both feet backwards multiple times in an … [Read more...]

Doug Coe Has Died

Doug Coe died last Tuesday at the age of 88. He suffered from recent "complications following a heart attack and stroke." Who was Doug Coe? In 2005, Time magazine named him as one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in the U.S. I think he was that for decades prior, but it was little known. Doug stayed out of the spotlight even though he lived next to our nation's capital and ministered there to the most famous of people.Doug Coe was like Jesus wherein the Bible says, "Now the Jewish … [Read more...]

Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today

I like Rickie Fowler. He's a crowd favorite, especially with kids. He's one of the best pro golfers on the PGA Tour and in the world. Rickie also is a Christian who attends regularly the PGA Tour Bible Study. When he played in the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year, the next day I was eating breakfast in a restaurant with my son Michael and his family. Michael saw Rickie paying his bill at the checkout. So, I went over and met Rickie for the first time and told him I was a co-founder of the … [Read more...]

Norma McCorvey Is Dead

Norma McCorvey died Saturday. She was 69 years old. She lived in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston. It is located thirty miles from where I lived for over twenty-five years, in Friendswood, Texas.Norma McCorvey was the woman who, in 1971, the year I moved to Friendswood, challenged the constitutional legality of her State of Texas to legislate against abortion. She won her lawsuit in 1973 in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision known infamously as Roe v. Wade. McCorvey had used the … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Wrongly Predict He Would Return within a Generation?

One of the most important texts in biblical eschatology is Jesus' so-called Olivet Discourse that he delivered to his apostles during Passion Week. It is recorded by all three synoptists (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) with some slight differences in accounts. This teaching about the future includes Jesus' return at the end of the age, which the church has often called "the second coming of Christ."The most difficult interpretative problem in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse concerns his remark about a fig … [Read more...]

Muslims Believe in Second Coming of Christ More than Christians Do

 The Pew Research Center, located in Washington D.C., is a leading “fact tank” that analyzes social trends mostly in the U.S. and largely by means of polling. A poll that Pew conducted in 2006 revealed that 79% of Christians in the U.S. believed Jesus would return to earth someday and that 20% believed it would happen in their lifetime.[1] Among Christian groups, Evangelicals believe most strongly in this second coming of Christ. In a poll that Pew conducted in 2010 in the U.S., 58% of w … [Read more...]