In President Donald Trump’s visit to the Far East this week, he seemed to flip-flop on his constant accusations he has made about China taking advantage of the U.S. in trade negotiations for many years. He claims that is the main reason for the trade deficit of the U.S. with China. But today, he ironically praised China for this activity. He proclaimed during his speech to Chinese business leaders in the Great Hall of the People, “I don’t blame China…. Read more

See Part 1 of this discussion posted yesterday. Here is Part 2 of this discussion. It includes an assessment of past Unitarianism and today’s Biblical Unitarianism. podcast 201 – Kermit Zarley on Reformation – Part 2 Read more

Dr. Dale Tuggy is a friend of mine. He is a Christian theology and philosophy professor at State University of New York in Fredonia. He hosts a podcast called trinities.org. It often consists of interviews or discussions with guests. He has interviewed me multiple times on trinities.org. For the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we discussed it and Martin Luther on Skype in two parts which consist of nearly one hour each. Then Dale put this two-part discussion on… Read more

I attend meetings of Pinnacle Forum (pinnacleforum.com). It is centered in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I live. It is a national, evangelical, para-church organization dedicated to the purpose of “Transforming Leaders to Transform Culture.” Phoenix-based Jerry Colangelo is also a member of Pinnacle Forum. Jerry is a former manager and owner of the NBA Phoenix Suns. “Mr. Basketball” is one of this valley’s most prominent celebrities. Jerry often speaks publicly of his Christian commitment. So, Pinnacle Forum decided to have a… Read more

The U.S. Justice Department’s special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election has resulted in a grand jury bringing indictments against two operatives in President Donald Trump election campaign. They are former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates. Both have pleaded innocent and are under house arrest. George Papadopolous has admitting guilt in lying to the FBI, and he is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation. Contrary to President Trump’s constant allegations that… Read more

Today, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented Home Depot truck on a bicycle path on Manhattan, New York. With the vehicle he struck nearly two dozen bicyclers and pedestrians and then crashed it into a school bus. He killed eight people and injured eleven. The World Trade Center was located nearby. That suggests he did it as a symbolic act related to the 9/11 attack there. Witnesses say Saipov exited the vehicle shouting “Allahu Akbar,” the common Arabic expression meaning… Read more

The Gospel of John contains a motif about Jesus that nearly all scholars claim is a descending/ascending motif regarding heaven. That is partly because most scholars believe in the church teaching of the doctrine of the Trinity. Accordingly, as one of the three co-equal and co-eternal members of the Triune God, Jesus preexisted as God and came down to earth to become a man in what the church calls The Incarnation. By laying out this Johannine motif as Jesus first… Read more

Next Tuesday, on October 31, will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It started with a dramatic act committed by Martin Luther on that day in 1517. He was an Augustinian monk in the Roman Catholic Church and a professor of Moral Theology at the University of Wittenberg, a city in Germany. He wrote and then published a brief paper called “Ninety-five Theses” or “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences.” It is popularly believed that he nailed this… Read more

Well, it’s old news by now, but I thought I would just say something about it anyway. Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are going at it against President Donald Trump, and all three are Republicans. They are critical of him as president just as I have been on this blog for at least the past 18 months, with about 100 posts about it. Both Corker and Flake announced they will not seek re-election next year. Flake delivered a speech… Read more

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