“I Am the Light of the World”—Jesus

When Jesus conducted his itinerary ministry and attended holy days at the temple in Jerusalem, crowds gathered to see and hear him. They especially wondered about his identity. This scenario--people asking about Jesus' identity--occurs repeatedly in the Gospel of John. Jews asked him, “Who are you?” And they later said to him, “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly” (John 8.25; 10.24 NRSV).The Gospel of John is unique in relating that sometimes Jesus replied to this questioning by uttering … [Read more...]

Did Al-Sissi Say Revise the Qu’ran?

On April 4, 2014, I posted an article on this blog entitled, "Are We Doing Enough About Islamic Suicide Bombers?" In it, I quote several disturbing, hostile verses in the Qu'ran (Koran) that advocate killing and beheading people who don't accept Islam for themselves as their faith, which it often calls "unbelievers." Sometimes, it designates "Jews" and "Christians" as "unbelievers." The Qu'ran often tells Muslims to "fight for the cause of God." Sometimes, this statement is in a clear context of … [Read more...]

Should Jews Pronounce God’s Name?

Judaism forbids the pronunciation of God's name. What is God's name? It is not "Father," as many Christians think. Jesus' favorite identification of God was "Father." That conveys the wonderful concepts of love, nurturing, and protecting. But "father" is a title of God, not his name. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is very clear in saying that God's name is yhwh/YHWH. See especially Exodus 3.13-15 NIV. Moses therein asked the angel of the LORD in the burning bush incident about God, "What is … [Read more...]

Palestinians Seek Membership in the Criminal Court of Justice

The U.S.'s concerted efforts at diplomacy in reviving the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fell apart early this summer. Since then, matters have signicantly deteriorated, especially because of last week. Israel and the Palestinians are getting farther and farther apart.This past week the Palestinian Authority (PA) applied for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is located in the Hague, Netherlands. It was the PA's planned move after the UN Security … [Read more...]

Jethro Will Always Be Jethro

Donna Douglas died yesterday at 82 years of age. She played a starring role as Elly May on that beloved but whacky TV sitcom comedy The Beverly Hillbillies. It was one of American television's most watched series, and it ran for nine years. It was about a poor, backwoods family that struck oil on their land, making them filthy rich. They then moved west to Beverly Hills, California, next to Hollywood. Enjoying the "good life" in sunny and culturally-modern California, however, did not take the c … [Read more...]

Nuclear Disarmament Goes to the World Court

Soon after WWII ended, the U.S. and the Soviet Union began their Cold War nuclear arms race which continued for more than a generation. From 1946 to 1958 the U.S. government detonated 23 atomic bombs as tests both above ground and underwater in the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands located in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. had convinced the islanders to temporarily leave their homes, telling them they could return afterwards to their land that would not suffer any ill-effects from the … [Read more...]

“The Interview” Was a Bad Idea

The past few weeks there's been a lot of media attention about Sony Pictures Entertainment's political comedy movie "The Interview." It is reportedly a satire about two American journalists who go to North Korea. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency persuades them to assasinate current President Kim Jong-un, who is portrayed negatively. They do, and the film shows them blowing up the President's head. Crass! When the North Korean government learned of the film, it called it an "act of … [Read more...]

Will There Be Any Atheists in the Endtimes?

According to the Bible, there won't be many atheists, if any, during the endtimes. Prophecies about this are in Daniel and Revelation, the two foremost apocalyptic books in the Bible. Revelation in the New Testament actually fills in details of the endtimes framework established in Daniel in the Old Testament.Both Daniel and Revelation predict that a man will arise during the so-called endtimes who will become one of the greatest political and religious leaders in human history. Christians … [Read more...]


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