Look at all the young athletes who are breaking records in their sports, turning pro at such young ages, and making a mark for themselves even against the best pros in the world. It’s astonishing. The LPGA is a prime example. In today’s issue of USA TODAY, they’ve got the cutest picture of an eleven-year old girl golfer named Lucy Li. With that name and her golf swing, she’s going to go places. First off, she’s playing in the U.S. Women’s… Read more

There are a lot of really good golf swings on the PGA Tour nowadays. Some of it is because golf swing instruction has improved through the years. Adam Scott sure has a good swing. Tiger Woods used to have a great swing, but I think he’s lost it somewhat. But I think Martin Kaymar probably swings the club the best of any PGA Tour players now. He sure proved it last week, leading all the way from start to finish… Read more

This is U.S. Open week, and pro golfer Payne Stewart will be warmly remembered. The tournament is being held in Pinehurst, North Caroline, at Pinehurst No. 2, one of the world’s most celebrated championship golf courses. It was designed by the famous golf course architect Donald Ross. Payne won the U.S. Open there the last time that prestigious tournament was held there, in 1999. It was his last tournament win, and he did it in style. Some of the top… Read more

Thursday night, the Miami Heat were beating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. But during the first quarter of the game the air conditioning system malfunctioned at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. During most of the game, television commentators said the temperature inside the arena was at 90 degrees or a little more. It greatly affected Miami’s superstar LeBron James, causing him to have severe leg cramps. Twice he asked coach Erik Spoelstra to take him out… Read more

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said last week that on Monday, today, the PA and Hamas would announce details about a unity agreement between them to govern all Palestinians. The PA governs Palestinians in the West Bank, and Hamas governs the Gaza Strip. Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist list, so that the U.S. refuses to talk to Hamas. If this agreement happens, that could jeopardize Palestinians receiving over $100 million dollars per year in aid from the U.S. Abbas… Read more

Last Friday at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial tournament at Columbus, Ohio, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) intercepted PGA Tour professional golfer Phil Mickelson for questioning about their investigation of insider trading involving three people: Phil, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, and leading sports gambler William (“Billy”) Walters. It is about Mickelson and Williams purchasing stock in the year 2011 in two companies: Clorox and Dean Foods. The investigation is being conducted by the SEC and FBI. They previously had not divulged… Read more

A few weeks ago, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the PA and Hamas had agreed to lay aside their differences and join in a new unity government. Now, they plan to announce it tomorrow and provide details. What will it look like? Abbas said it will consist only of apolitical technocrats, renounce violence, and recognize Israel’s right to exist. Wow! What a change. He also said the new government will be headed by current prime minister, Rami… Read more

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers play their sixth series game in Miami tonight for the Eastern Conference Championship in the NBA. Miami is ahead 3 to 2 in the series. They can close it out tonight. But they could have closed it out Wednesday night after having Indiana down 10+ points much of the game until late in the fourth quarter. Indiana won 93 to 90. That’s despite the fact that Miami’s four-time MVP superstar LeBron James, without… Read more

The Gospel of John relates one incident in which the Jews accused Jesus of “making himself equal to God” and another incident in which they said to him, “you, though only a human being, are making yourself God” (Jn 5.18; 10.33). (All scripture quotations are from the NRSV.) Since Christians have been taught that Jesus is God, they have been taught that these Jews were correct in making these accusations. But in each instance, Jesus’ immediate response represents a denial… Read more

When Jesus hung on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23.34 NRSV). Nearly all Christians have believed that Jesus herein was asking God to forgive everyone involved in his condemnation and execution, thus regardless of any admission of guilt, and some would add Judas in his betrayal of Jesus. But this interpretation fails to understand these words of Jesus in Luke’s context. According to the four New Testament gospels,… Read more

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