That depends on how the word “worship” is defined. Since Christians generally base their faith on the Bible, it depends especially on the meaning of the word proskuneo in the Greek New Testament. Dr. Larry Hurtado is a New Testament scholar and a historian of Christian Origins. He also is the preeminent leader of a group of scholars who claim that the early Christians mentioned in the New Testament worshipped Jesus and that this indicates that they believed Jesus was… Read more

Nearly all Christians are Trinitarians because that is what their churches teach them. It was the same with me. What is the doctrine of the Trinity? It means God is one essence existing as (not in) three co-equal and co-eternal persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The initial reaction of most Christians when hearing this definition is, “well, yeah, there is the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. That’s all in the Bible.” Yes, but does… Read more

Christians generally claim that they base their beliefs on the Bible. What about the church teaching of the doctrine of the Trinity? Is that based on the Bible? For the first three centuries of Christianity, no one had ever heard of the doctrine of the Trinity. That’s because there wasn’t any. Oh, you can go back to church father Tertullian, who was a lawyer and not really a churchman. Some Christians think he taught the doctrine of the Trinity. But… Read more

When Donald Trump was campaigning for the U.S. presidency, he criticized then U.S. President Barack Obama for playing too much golf. He insinuated that Obama was neglecting his duties as president. What a load! Trump’s golf-playing as president has so far revealed that you can’t believe this man’s word. Mark Knoller of CBS News keeps detailed statistics of U.S. presidents, including about their golf. He says during President Obama’s two-term U.S. presidency, he played golf 333 days during those 2,848… Read more

A Sufi, Islamic mosque in the village of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai, Egypt, was attacked yesterday while worshippers were gathered to pray and hear a sermon. Minutes ago, Egypt revised the casualty account at 305 dead and 128 wounded. It is the most deadly terrorist act in Egypt in modern times. Sinai Province, an affiliate of ISIS (=Islamic State), is believed to have been the perpetrator. Egyptian authorities say the terrorists unfurled the black ISIS flag at the site… Read more

Here is an interesting, brief, book review by church historian and professor Frank A. James, III, that appears in Christianity Today magazine this week about Herman Selderhuis’s biography Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. Read more

Last Saturday through Monday, I attended the joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. This year, it was held at the downtown Hyde Convention Center in Boston. The location for this event rotates throughout the years between about ten, large, North American cities. The main qualification is that they must have a large convention center that can accommodate. Both SBL and AAR have about 9,000 members each, and perhaps half of them… Read more

Today, Kevin Sutherland won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship plus the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup on the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona. He shot 15-under par 198 for three rounds to win by one stroke over major championship winners Vijah Singh and Lee Janzen. Until today, journeyman Sutherland had won only one tournament in 602 tries on the regular PGA Tour and the Champions Tour combined–the 2002 Dell Technologies Match Play on the regular… Read more

Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump said to reporters who were flying with him on Air Force One across Asia that former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies were “political hacks.” And he even named them: former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Furthermore, Trump called former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired earlier this year, “a liar.” Baloney! I’m now am going to called this what it is: Donald Trump is a great big,… Read more

That’s right! Many Muslim countries have a history of a unification of government and Islam resulting in the repression of other religions, including persecution of those adherents. But one of the fruits of Arab Spring is that this is beginning to change. It appears religious freedom is coming to the Middle East. On January 8, 2015, I posted, “Did El-Sisi Say Revise the Quran?” I tell about an important speech that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made on New Year’s… Read more

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