Comments about my Blog in the Past Three Days

The following are comments written in the past three days about one or more of the now over 100 Christology (and some anti-Trinitarian) posts on my Kermit Zarley Blog hosted at patheos.com: Sam Andrew wrote: “Good Summary, I’ve enjoyed many of your articles, but found this one particularly good, the Shema is the very crux of Judaism as you point out, without it the whole thing becomes just another local/ethnic god. Having been raised between Jewish and Christian grandparents I… Read more

Hellacious Hurricane Harvey Hurts Heavenly Houston

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast last Friday with a knockout punch. Rated a #4 hurricane, which is next to the highest strength at #5, Harvey’s center made landfall at Rockfort, Texas, 225 miles southwest of Houston. The wind did much damage there. When hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico make U.S. landfall, they often move northeast. Harvey moved east a little, then returned back to the Gulf. Hurricanes gain strength from the water when they do that…. Read more

Benjamin Franklin’s Speech to the Constitutional Convention

During the summer of 1787, the Constitutional Convention of the United States of American had become deadlocked after meeting nearly daily for five weeks. The main issue was how to decide what would be justifiable representation of elected members of Congress. Eighty-one year old Benjamin Franklin finally spoke up after a prolonged silence. Here are James Madison’s notes of Franklin’s speech: “Mr. President, the small progress we have made after four or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with… Read more

Dustin Johnson Wins Northern Trust

It was an exciting finish. Hours ago, #1 World Ranking and long-hitting Dustin Johnson defeated Jordan Spieth in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win The Northern Trust golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It was the first of four consecutive tournaments in the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs. Johnson had to do some magic of his own to tie for the 72 holes of regulation play in order to force a sudden-death playoff. On the 72nd… Read more

Spieth and Johnson Leading at The Northern Trust

Jordan Spieth, #3 in World Rankings, had the short, flat stick rolling his ball smoothy as he shot 64 to take a three-shot lead over #1 player Dustin Johnson into the final round tomorrow for a 12-under par 198. Missing six fairways didn’t prevent Spieth from shooting the best round of the day on the Glen Oaks Club, way up north in Westbury, New York, as his home state of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico was swimming in Hurricane… Read more

President Trump Pardon’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump just now pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. That is where I live. Three days ago, when President Trump held a rally here in Phoenix and gave a lengthy speech, he indicated he was going to pardon Arpaio. Sheriff Joe was recently convicted by a federal court of disobeying a federal judge, and the penalty imposed upon him is that he is supposed to be imprisoned for several months. President Trump said in that speech,… Read more

Trump Divides America to Prepare for Mueller

President Donald Trump held a political rally tonight here in the Phoenix valley where I live. I thought the speech he delivered was mostly a disgusting rant that was very unpresidential. He continued his diatribe against what he calls “the fake media.” For a while, he read printed remarks that he had made in previous days about the violent, racial demonstration last week in Charlottesville, Virginia. He had been extremely criticized for some of his remarks and omissions, failing to… Read more

Three Main Bible Proverbs for Donald J. Trump

The following are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: 1. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth (Proverbs 27.2). 2. When pride comes, then comes disgrace (Proverbs 11.1). 3. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16.18). Read more

Tomorrow’s Sun Eclipse Will Be Reminiscent of Jesus’ Return

  Tomorrow’s sun eclipse will remind me of what Jesus predicted about his yet future return. He explained in his Olivet Discourse, shortly before his death, that his return from heaven would not be gradual but instantaneous. For he said, “as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt. 24.27 NRSV; cf. Luke 17.24). Jesus further predicted of that time, “the sun will be… Read more

Do All Bible Texts Allow Only One Interpretation But Maybe Many Applications?

This question depends, first of all, on the meaning of the words “interpretation” and “application.” Some Bible scholars define them with distinctly different meanings whereas others allow for some overlap in meaning. Yet other scholars assert there should be no distinction between them. There has been a recent change in biblical scholarship about this subject. Throughout much of church history, most authorities on the Bible advocated the principle, “one interpretation, many applications.” But almost every book written by scholars recently… Read more

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