As I last posted, this week former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush plus Senator John McCain delivered speeches in which they warned America about drifting from our historic moorings as a truly democratic nation that has done much good in the world. These obviously were critiques against the selfish nationalism of the politically far-right that has been adopted by President Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Stephen Bannon without naming either of them. (See my previous… Read more

This week in the USA, two former presidents and one current senator delivered uncoordinated speeches that I thought were devastating blows against rising far-right nationalism. The speakers were Republican George W. Bush, Democrat Barack Obama, and Republican Senator John McCain, who is from my current hometown of metro-Phoenix. All three speeches obviously targeted that form of nationalism touted by current Republican President Donald Trump, if not also his recent chief political strategist Stephen Bannon, without naming them. The speeches were… Read more

Young, American Justin Thomas just won the inaugural CJ Cup on the PGA Tour at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, South Korea. He defeated Australia’s Marc Leishman on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. It was the 24-year old Thomas’ sixth win on the PGA Tour this calendar year, which is the most wins of anybody. It was the second event of the 2017-2018PGA Tour season. Thomas was surely the best player in the world in 2017. Weighing only 150… Read more

The short answer is “no.” Yet God does enter into the affairs of humankind here on earth. He does implement certain plans that he has for humans on earth right now. But these are isolated instances and thus not the norm. Yet there will come a day when God will control this planet and forever more. But until then, God does not control this world system, this cosmos, as some Christians think. Do you think I am out of my… Read more

Thursday, after eleven years of bitter separation, the two Palestinian groups that control Palestinians living in the Levant agreed to further their unification that began in 2014. With Egypt’s President El-Sisi as the reconciler, Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement in Cairo saying that Fatah will continue to control Palestinians in the West Bank and now also those in the Gaza Strip through the Palestinian Authority until a unity government is formed by means of an election before year’s end…. Read more

NBC reported yesterday that President Donald Trump said to his military advisors in a Pentagon meeting on July 20 this year, “why doesn’t our nuclear arsenal look more like that?” He had just been shown material revealing that during the 1960s, the U.S. had something like 30,000 nuclear weapons due to its arms race with the Soviet Union. Nowadays, as a result of decades of nuclear disarmament agreements with the Soviet Union and then Russia, the Russians have a total… Read more

U.S. President Donald delivered a speech on September 22 in Huntsville, Alabama, at a political campaign rally and said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of bitch off the field, right now. Out! He’s fired! HE’S FIRED!” After Trump said that, some NFL teams have kneeled or locked arms during the playing of the National Anthem before games. They say they are doing it in protest of excessive,… Read more

Right after the presidential election last November, Pew Research reported that Edison Research’s exit polls showed that among those white Evangelicals who voted, 81% of them voted for Donald Trump. The Gospel Coalition demonstrates in an article that this figure is considerably skewed due to some poorly-stated questions asked in the poll. Yet experts would argue against the notion that a considerable majority of white Evangelicals who voted did vote for Trump. Is that because Donald Trump is an Evangelical… Read more

Everyone should read this article in Christianity Today by Costi Hinn entitled “Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, But Prosperity Teaching Isn’t for Me.”     Read more

This morning, the Norwegian Noble Committee announced that the winner of this year’s Noble Peace Prize is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Committee chairwoman, Berit Reiss-Andersen, explained that the award recognizes ICAN’s work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” ICAN works with over 420 non-governmental organizations to try to achieve a world treaty banning nuclear weapons. Beatrice… Read more

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