Trump Choked Tonight

In this year's campaign for the U.S. presidency, Republican nominee Donald Trump has constantly boasted about his ability to compete everywhere in the business world, on the golf course, and now in this presidential run even though he has no political experience whatsoever--zero. But he turned out to be sort of a zero tonight, a big bag of wind in the first of three scheduled debates with the Democratic nominee--former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State, Hilary … [Read more...]

Review of Chapter 1 in Josh McDowell’s, More than a Carpenter

Josh McDowell is an evangelical Christian, a public evangelist, and an apologist. For decades, he was a traveling speaker for the para-church organization Campus Crusade for Christ, that ministers mostly to college students. I was involved in CCC during my college years.Josh McDowell has now authored over a hundred books. Early in his ministry, he wrote a little book about Jesus entitled More than a Carpenter. Tyndale House published it in 1977. The book size is only 4” x 7,” and it consists … [Read more...]

Golf Loses Its King–Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer died today at age 87 in a Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had been there since Thursday for heart tests. I had wondered how his health was doing. In the past couple of years, when we saw him live on television, he was looking feeble.So, today, golf lost its greatest ambassador of the game, ever. No question about it--he was the king. He didn't win the most tournaments, with 62 PGA Tour wins and seven of them majors, but he won the hearts of the people, the … [Read more...]

Rory McIlroy Wins It All

Just minutes ago, the 27-year old Irishman Rory McIlroy won the PGA Tour's Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. He won on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. By virtue of this win, McIlroy simultaneously won the FedEx Cup. It fattened his bank account. Rory won $3 million in the Tour Championship and $10 million in the FedEx Cup. That's the biggest payday in pro golf history.All three players finished the regulation 72-hole tournament … [Read more...]

How Was Jesus More than a Carpenter?

I have had several men in my family who were carpenters by trade. Maybe that’s why I like to imagine Jesus being “the son of a carpenter” Matt.13.35 NRSV). Joseph would have taught Jesus that skill. It is amazing to me that Jesus was a blue-collar tradesman for many more years than he was a religious figure. For Luke says Jesus began his public ministry at “about thirty years old” (Luke 3.23), and it likely lasted only 2-3 years. Yet what Jesus did and said in that short period of time—even thoug … [Read more...]

Who Is the God of Heaven?

The Old Testament has the expression "the God of heaven" twenty-one times. In six of these instances, this expression is preceded by God's name YHWH/YHVH. It is translated in English versions, "the LORD, the God of heaven." Thus, we can be pretty sure that in the other fifteen expressions that don't have God's name accompanying them, the authors meant that "the God of heaven" is YHWH/YHVH, which scholars usually translate Yahweh/Yehvah. (YHWH/YHVH is traditionally translated "LORD." One issue is … [Read more...]

North Korea’s Growing Nuclear Capability Is Worrisome

North Korea is led by young Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He and other North Korean leaders rule the nation unmercifully as a militant state. Its ally, China, and the UN supplies North Korea with foodstuffs because of periods of starvation in that country. Kim John-un makes very hostile threats directed to South Korea and its ally, the U.S., but sometimes also toward Japan.Even though North Korea is a very poor country, with a population of only 25 million, against United Nations resolutions … [Read more...]

Peter Never Said Jesus Was God

I was a Trinitarian for twenty-two years. Then I read myself out of it in the Bible. I began to see that the Bible does not teach a Triune God as the post-apostolic, institutional, mostly Gentile church eventually declared and condemned those who differed. That is, there is no express teaching in the Bible about God being three in one, or God being three co-equal and co-eternal persons as I had been taught. In fact, the word "trinity" is not even in the Bible. This scared me when I thought of … [Read more...]