Americans No Long Dominate Golf

Even though golf started in the old country--Scotland--the U.S. has been the most golfing nation in the world after the twentieth century got under way. And this was always proved by Americans dominating the sport in competition, especially in professional tournaments. But no more.Case in point: in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio last week, golf was re-introduced for the first time in 108 years. The format was individual competition in a standard tournament format of four rounds, thus 72 … [Read more...]

Unofficial Status of Some PGA Tour Tournaments

I used to have two official wins and one unofficial win on the regular PGA Tour. I once blogged about how the unofficial status of this one win, the 1972 PGA Team Championship, was changed forty years later to official status. That tournament had been official for several years, starting with its inception in 1965. Then the Tournament Policy Board made it unofficial for two years, which included the year 1972 when my close friend Babe Hiskey and I won that tournament. I had never known of such a … [Read more...]

Review of J. Richard Middleton’s book “A New Heaven and a New Earth”

Dr. J. Richard Middleton is professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. He is the author of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014, pp. 332). It has received critical acclaim and has stellar endorsements, including from Walter Brueggemann and Donald A. Hagner. One of them says, “this sorely needed volume is the best book of its kind.” In 2014, it received the Word Guild Award as the best b … [Read more...]

Lock Up the USA Olympic Swimmers Until They Confess

It' a serious thing to falsely report an incident that can spoil the reputation of a nation. That's what appears to have happened this week at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Four, decorated, U.S. male swimmers who won medals in the Games were arrested by police after the young men left a party at France House, a restaurant and bar that was set up for the Olympics. The arrest apparently occurred at a gas station because security or employees there called in the police. The police … [Read more...]

When Jesus Hung on the Cross, God Suffered Too

I think the great untold secret about the God of the Bible is that he voluntarily suffers with his righteous people when they suffer. Yes, some people know and believe this. Martin Luther, who started the Reformation, taught this. But Christians do not know about it, as was the case with me. I was indoctrinated with Christian systematic theology, much of it having been taught by church fathers. But some of their teaching was heavily influenced by their Hellenistic environment.Dr. Dennis … [Read more...]

Review of Tom Wright’s “Jesus and the Identity of God”

“Jesus and the Identity of God” by N. Thomas Wright in Ex Auditu, 1998, 14, 42-56Tom (N. T.) Wright is a very cordial and unusual fellow in that he is a leading New Testament (NT) scholar and now a retired Anglican bishop. You don’t see that combination of scholar and churchman much.Tom begins this 1998 article by saying that when he began his higher theological education, most NT scholars were saying Jesus was not God mostly for two reasons: (1) no sane man could possibly think or say he … [Read more...]

I Am Not a Heretic

I am accused of being a heretic because I believed in the doctrine of the Trinity for twenty-two years and then changed to believing that the Bible teaches there is only one God, numerically speaking, whom Jesus called “Father,” and therefore Jesus is Savior and Lord but not God. I have believed this ever since, for the past thirty-five years. But I am not a heretic. To call me a heretic because of this change in my theology is a misunderstanding of what a heretic is according to the Bib … [Read more...]

Jim Furyk Shoots 58

Jim Furyk--the balding, 46-year old pro golfer with seventeen PGA Tour wins, one of them being the 2003 U.S. Open, who owns such a loopdy-loop golf swing that you wouldn't wish on your mother-in-law and prefer it only over that combination dipsy-doodle plus mid-course hesitation swipe-at-the-ball monstrosity that belongs to a fella with a Big Mouth named Chas. Barkley--shot a blistering, PGA Tour record 58 yesterday in the last round of the Travelers Championship held at the TPC River Highlands … [Read more...]