Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

I just now received an email from Pinnacle Forum America centered here in Scottsdale, Arizona, and of which I am a member. It quotes a missionary friend in Syria who relates what the Islamic terrorist group ISIS is doing. Here are some excerpts: "He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the … [Read more...]

Review of a Scholarly Book About Angels

Title: Angels of Light, Powers of Darkness: Thinking Biblically About Angels, Satan & PrincipalitiesAuthor: Stephen F. Noll; Publisher: InterVarsity; Publication Date: 1998; Pages: 255Reviewer: Kermit Zarley. Bible quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. The subject of angels, and especially Satan, went out of vogue in the western world with Enlightenment. But in our present age of post-modernity, angels and heaven are having a serious comeback. It’s partly d … [Read more...]

Should Egypt Give the Restive North Sinai to Palestinians?

Ever since the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the far North Sinai Peninsula, just south of the Gaza Strip stretching southward to the city of El-Arish, and caused much turmoil there. Plus, the bedouin living there have been dissatisfied with Egypt's poor governance of their territory. Several gun battles recently have occurred in this region between terrorists and Egyptian police. In one such battle, nineteen Egyptian military personnel … [Read more...]

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

This question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is getting a lot of attention lately. I think the answer is "yes" if you're talking about the two-state solution that has been the focus of the two parties involved as well as the international community for so many decades now. But I don't think another two-state solution is dead, one that would accord with Israel's Proclamation of Independence. It seems hardly anyone thinks about it. But that's what my 1990 book, Palestine Is Coming, is … [Read more...]

Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross?

After Jesus hung on the cross for six hours and was about to die, he cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27.46/Mk 15.34). When he said that, Jesus was quoting the beginning of Psalm 22 in the Bible’s Old Testament. King David wrote this psalm, and the New Testament often applies portions of it to Jesus’ crucifixion. A good study reference Bible shows this. There are two theological issues which arise concerning this outcry by the crucified, dying Jesus. … [Read more...]

Three Exciting Pro Golf Wins Yesterday

In the world of professional golf, two new faces, a rising star, and an old runnerup arose to the top to win exciting tournaments yesterday.Little-known American Mo Martin won the Women's British Open at famed Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Although a short hitter, on the last hole of the tournament, the par-five eighteenth hole, 31-year-old Ms. Martin smashed her second shot and it hit the pin, stopping six feet from the hole. She made the putt for an eagle to win by one stroke. It … [Read more...]

Michele Wie–You Go Girl

LPGA Tour player Michele Wie won her first major professional golf championship 2.5 weeks ago at 24 years of age. She won on a great golf course--Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina--the week after the men's U.S. Open was staged there. So, the course was in tip top, major championship condition. And Michele won it in grand style. She held off No. 1 LPGA player Stacy Lewis to win the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship. She's finally coming into her own with her first major win.Michele Wie … [Read more...]

The Middle East Is a Mess that’s Getting Messier

The Middle East is a mess. And it seems everywhere you turn, it's getting messier. Just consider these sobering facts of late:Syria's three-year old civil war is spilling out into Iraq due largely to ISIS/ISIL that are a part of the rebellion. Sunni insurgents in Syria's war are being financed by Sunni governments in the Persian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia. The Syrian rebellion is losing against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military forces. ISIS's goal is to create a Muslim … [Read more...]


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