Who Hits the Ball: You or God?


People are often perplexed or amused when I tell them that during my professional golf career, the most asked question in the PGA Tour Bible Study was always, “Who hits the ball: me or God?”Presbyterians would answer confidently, “God hits the ball.”Methodists would answer triumphantly, “You hit the ball.”Anglicans-Episcopalians would answer ecumenically, "Both hit the ball."Baptists would answer exhortingly, “You guys are so heavenly-minded you’re no earthly good. Fuhgeddaboutit! … [Read more...]

Trinity or Unity: Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

That's me regarding my Christian fellowship and church. Damned if you don't, and damned if you do. Damned if you don't believe in the Trinity, thus that Jesus is God, and damned if you do believe in it. I'll get to that later clause shortly. But first, the Trinity belief.Almost all Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, thus that Jesus is God. Actually, eminent church historian and Trinitarian, Phillip Schaff, rightly states that church developed the doctrine of the Trinity … [Read more...]

Tournabouts Are Great!

I love tournabouts. I live in Phoenix metro, Arizona, and we have a new tournabout near where I live. I first drove on tournabouts in New England while playing the Senior/Champions Tour in the 1990s. I liked them right from the start. Tournabouts replace traffic intersections. They are a circle that usually has four accesses from two roads that would crisscross.According to today's New York Times, tournabouts first came to the U.S. in the early 1990s. Now, there are about 5,000 of them, and … [Read more...]

Which Foot Was It, Donald?

Donald Trump keeps sticking his great big foot in his very loud mouth. Which foot? I don't know, and neither does he.Donald Trump is now running for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. This week, he attacked Senator John McCain of my home state, Arizona, who is not even in this race. McCain is a Vietnam War veteran. He flew 23 bombing missions over North Vietnam. On his last mission he was flying an airplane, shot down over Hanoi, injured so that he could not escape, captured, and … [Read more...]

The Antichrist Will Claim to Be a God, not the God

Christians who believe that the Bible foretells an Antichrist in an endtimes think he will declare himself to be God. This belief is based largely upon the Apostle Paul's declaration about "the lawless one" in 2 Thessalonians 2.3. The next verse reads in the NRSV concerning this lawless one, "He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God" (v. 4). Paul refers to the temple at Jerusalem that … [Read more...]

Is God in Control?

When bad things happen, some Christians say, "God is in control." Are they right? Yes and no. It depends on how they apply it. If they mean God controls things in the individual lives of his people, they can be right about that. The Apostle Paul wrote, "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8.28). Yet God allows his people to disobey him, and he does not make them do that.If people say "God is in control" … [Read more...]

Zach Johnson Wins the 2015 British Open

Congratulations Zach Johnson. He won the British Open yesterday in a four-hole aggregate playoff against Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at the home of golf--the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. It doesn't get any better than that for such a great finish. Thirty-nine year old Zach Johnson thus added this to his other major win--The Masters in 2007. Now Zach has won a total of 12 PGA Tour tournaments, with this British Open win included. He has certainly established himself as one of the … [Read more...]

Egypt–Give Up the Northern Sinai to the Palestinians!

Egypt's policy to contain the Northern Sinai Peninsula is not working. I think chaos in this region is going to continue and therefore become an even bigger headache for Egypt. Egypt will be better off if it initiates a deal with Israel and the Palestinians to forfeit the Northern Sinai--the region between the Gaza Strip and the Waid el Arish and several miles inland, probably to reach Beersheba and Kadesh-Barnea--in exchange for something that would benefit Egypt. Then let the Palestinians … [Read more...]