Is Papias Right, that Mark Got his Gospel Data from Peter?

Early church father Papias–the bishop of Hierapolis who lived at the turn of the first century–has been an important person in trying to establish data about gospel origins. Papias reportedly wrote five books, of which some bare fragments have survived. Later church fathers Irenaeus and Eusebius wrote about a connection between Papias and the Apostle John. Scholars debate whether or not these texts mean Papias knew the Apostle John or that he merely knew an elder named John who knew… Read more

Brooks Koepka Wins 2017 U. S. Open

Today, a star was born in the world of golf. Twenty-seven year old Brooks Koepka won the U. S. Open Golf Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin by four strokes with a record-tying 16 under par 272. And he appeared so nonchalant about it, just like it was an easy stroll in the park. Nothing to it. No fist-pumping, no jumping in the air, no cracking a smile. We finally saw him smiling on television when it was all… Read more

Brian Harman Leads the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is being played this week at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. It’s the first time the Open has ever been conducted in Wisconsin. In my day Andy North, who was from Wisconsin, won the U.S. Open twice. The U.S. Open has always been my favorite tournament. I competed in it twelve times and made the 60-man cut (and ties) for 36 holes eight times. My only real chance to win was in 1972 at Pebble Beach, my… Read more

President Trump Is Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that various sources are saying special counsel Robert Mueller now is investigating President Donald Trump himself, thus not only some of his surrogates, for obstructing justice regarding the investigation of the Russian probe in possible collusion to affect the presidential election last year and incidents that have occurred this years as well. President seems to have acknowledged this as fact today in a tweet. According to former FBI Director James Comey in his testimony to… Read more

What Christians and Jews Believe of Each Other about the Last Days

The Bible has much prophetic data about what religious Jews call “the end of days” and Christians call “the last days” or “the end times.” Many Christians believe that during the last days a very significant “remnant” of Jews will repent towards God and believe Jesus of Nazareth was a great prophet and perhaps Israel’s Messiah. (On this see Chapter Three: The Remnant” in my book entitled Warrior from Heaven.) Actually, this Jewish belief has already partially begun. It began with… Read more

Was Session’s Testimony Today a Plus or Minus for Trump?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today for the first time in an open, televised hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that is investigating the Russians trying to affect the U.S. presidential campaign last year, allegedly to get Donald Trump elected. Mr. Sessions had been a Republican senator from Alabama for twenty years before President Trump appointed him as the U.S. Attorney General early this year. I think AG Sessions was truthful throughout his appearance before the committee. However, I thought… Read more

Is Jesus God in Romans 9.5?

Traditionalist Bible scholars cite Romans 9.5b as a prime New Testament (NT) text that they believe calls Jesus “God.” But this is debatable since it involves a grammatical problem in the koine Greek text. F. C. Burkitt says of this passage that its “punctuation has probably been more discussed than that of any other sentence in literature.” We can see this difference by comparing two editions of the same English Bible. The Revised Standard Version (RSV) translates Romans 9.5, “to… Read more

New Lawsuit Against Trump Accepting Foreign Income

Today, two Democrats–the Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington D. C., the nation’s capital, and Attorney General Brian Frosh of the State of Maryland–filed a lawsuit claiming Donald Trump as U.S. President is violating anti-corruption clauses in the U.S. Constitution by presently accepting income from people representing foreign governments who rent rooms and perhaps play golf at Trump properties. On the surface, this looks like as a rather frivolous lawsuit. But surely these two men are smarter than that. In order to… Read more

Who Is Telling the Truth: Comey or Trump?

Now that President Donald Trump and James Comey–the FBI Director who the president fired May 9th–have spoken their views about three meetings and six phone calls the two men had this year, it has come down to a “he said, he said” situation. That is, last Thursday Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said five times that President Trump lied about some of those conversations by afterwards denying he tried to get Comey to close down the FBI’s… Read more

Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

When golfers win a tournament and then try to defend their title the next year, they have such fond memories of that win that it can give them a big boost of confidence to repeat the win. However, it can go the other way, with a player feeling extra pressure. Apparently, it was the former attitude that won out this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. Daniel Berger is 24 years old and in his third… Read more

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