September 11, 2013

The U.S. Congress was supposed to begin voting on President Barak Obama’s call for the U.S. to surgically bomb Syria by targeting only its large cache of chemical weapons stored throughout the country. Even though the president delivered a major, televised speech to the nation this evening about it, Americans remained very strongly against it, and it appeared that a majority of the members of Congress were too. But at the last moment, Russia raised an alternative that caused the president… Read more

September 10, 2013

One year during the late 1960s, I was playing on PGA Tour in the Oklahoma City Open. I read in the newspaper that Jeane Dixon was making a rare public appearance and that it would be there in Oklahoma City that weekend. She had a syndicated newspaper column about astrology and was becoming one of America’s foremost astrologers and psychics in the twentieth century. She had even advised U.S. presidents, including FDR and, later, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Jeane… Read more

September 4, 2013

The biggest theological controversy in the history of the church has been whether or not Jesus is God. The institutional church doctrine of the Trinity—that God is three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—emerged later as a subset of this controversy to escape the charge of worshipping two Gods: the Father and Jesus. Leading Trinitarian theologians who have written on these subjects in the past century list between five and nine New Testament texts which they think… Read more

September 2, 2013

One year early in my PGA Tour career, I was playing in the Atlanta Classic at Atlanta Country Club and paired with a player whose name I will not divulge. He was a successful Tour player with whom I had gotten along with just fine. In those days, Billy Casper was one of the top four players on the PGA Tour along with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Casper was often bothered by allergies. I could relate to… Read more

August 28, 2013

Some church fathers reckoned Jesus as a “God-man,” and Christians have been doing so ever since. Emil Brunner repeatedly does so in his classic defense of traditional Christology–The Mediator: A Study of the Central Doctrine of the Christian Faith. Those who call Jesus “the God-man” mean that God literally came down to earth and became the man, Jesus Christ, which they also call “the incarnation,” and they often cite 1 Timothy 2.5 as their sole means of biblical support. Paul… Read more

August 26, 2013

One of my favorite stories about Karsten Solheim is his philosophy about the golf swing. He believed that the more a golfer could keep the club face square to the target line through the impact zone, the straighter his or her shots would fly. Actually, that was good thinking. But it’s how Karsten tried to accomplish it that seemed strange to most golfers. When he swung the club, after he made ball contact he would keep his hands stiff and… Read more

August 22, 2013

Almost all Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is God. And they generally believe that God is omniscient, thus knowing everything, including all about the future. However, Jesus told his apostles that he would be killed, rise from the dead, ascend to heaven, and someday return to earth, and he added that he did not know the day when he would return. If Jesus was God, how could he not have known when he would return, especially since… Read more

August 20, 2013

Turmoil in Egypt’s lawless Northern Sinai Peninsula continues to increase. To recount, late last year Islamic militants instigated a shootout in the Northern Sinai near the borders of Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Sinai, killing 16 Egyptian soldiers. And early this year, there, militants abducted 7 Egyptian security personnel. Recently, on August 9 Israel conducted a drone strike into the Northern Sinai, having the apparent approval of the Egyptian military, which resulted in 6 Islamic militants being killed. On August… Read more

August 19, 2013

Today’s USA TODAY has an interesting article on p. 3 entitled “The USA Is Getting Its Goats.” It’s about people and various entities in the U.S. increasingly using goats and sheep to keep the brush, weeds, and grass clipped. They’re using them to replace lawnmowers. It’s better for the environment and cheaper. No more spraying chemicals. This article compares the costs in detail. Sheep eat grass, and goats eat everything else but grass. Both of them eat all day, only… Read more

August 15, 2013

Yesterday, after five years of dormancy of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the U.S. revived it thanks mostly to the shuttle diplomacy of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Kerry reportedly told Jewish leaders the U.S. would guarantee Israel’s security in a two-state peace agreement by stationing U.S. troops in critical areas throughout the region. Bad idea! The borderlines between the proposed two states that they are talking about is a… Read more

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