December 16, 2018

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the American pro golf tour’s split from the PGA of America. It was a controversial revolt, and I was a part of its leadership. But history has proved without a doubt that it was the right thing to do. I started the PGA Tour in the spring of 1964 after graduating from college and doing six-months of active duty in the U.S. Army. In those days, there was no qualifying school. You just… Read more

December 16, 2018

The father-son duo of Davis Love III and Dru Love came from three strokes back today to win by three strokes the best ball PNC Father-Son Challenge at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. In this 36-hole, fun event, they shot a whopping 16-under par 56 today to break the tournament course record by three strokes. Three teams tied for second: father Retief Goosen and son Leo Goosen, father Stewart Cink and son Connor Cink, and father John Daly and… Read more

December 10, 2018

In my last blog post (“Joy and Peace at Christmas”), I ended it by saying provocatively, “My next blog post, I’ll tell WHEN Jesus ‘will come’ back . . . . But really, I’ve already told when in this post. Can you figure out this riddle and what it means?” In the previous paragraph, I quoted from the Apostle Peter’s famous speech on the Day of Pentecost in which he quoted Ps 110.1. It says, “The Lord said to my… Read more

December 9, 2018

Isn’t it amazing how Christmas is a day like no other–with so much joy, peace, and the spirit of giving? And that is what was so unique about Jesus. He is the one who Christmas is supposed to be about. It’s because the early Jewish Christians believed he was the promised Messiah, viz., the Christ, who came to bless Israel and even the whole world. The biblical tradition about Jesus’ birth even emphasizes joy and peace. We read in the… Read more

December 6, 2018

I have been a student of the apocalyptic book of Daniel in the Old Testament (OT) for nearly sixty years. I have several commentaries on Daniel in my theological library. They include, with commentary sets in parenthesis, those of Carol Newsom (The Old Testament Library) John J. Collins (Hermenia), L. F. Hartman and A. A. Di Lella (The Anchor Bible), John E. Goldingay (Word Biblical Commentary), and John F. Walvoord. These are full commentaries. I have older and partial commentaries… Read more

December 4, 2018

This month’s issue of Christianity Today magazine has a small piece entitled “Our Favorite Heresies.” It shows the results of a survey conducted by LifeWay Research and Ligonier Ministries. The survey questioned “Americans with evangelical beliefs (using the four-part definition endorsed by the National Association of Evangelical).” The results of the survey show “12 areas where today’s believers have most gone astray.” No definition is provided for the word heresy. I have blogged before that evangelicals use this word often… Read more

December 3, 2018

Jon Rahm started the last round tied for 1st in Tiger Wood’s tournament Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He shot 7-under par 65 and won by four strokes over Tony Finau, who finished alone in second place, one stroke better than Justin Rose’s third place. The burly Rahm shot 20-under par 268. He looks like he could be a superstar. Rahm was leading all the way. But Finau was pushing him close behind until the end. I think the… Read more

November 30, 2018

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is a professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also hosts the online HuffPost Live. Plus, he is a regular commentator on CNN. Hill is a smart, handsome, African-American. I like to listen to him. Two days ago, the United Nations held a one-day conference at New York City entitled International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which speaks for itself. Marc Lamont Hill was one of the… Read more

November 20, 2018

I just enjoyed a worthwhile experience attending the joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion. It was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver this past Friday through Monday. I have been a member of SBL since 1999, so the past twenty years. This 130+ year-old organization consists of about 10,000 members worldwide. Most are biblical scholars with PhDs who are professors, although that is not a requirement for joining…. Read more

November 14, 2018

Last week, outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, where I live, announced that he and Democratic Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware would reintroduce their bill to the Senate to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion of the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election to get Trump elected. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his assertion that it was unneeded and that he therefore would vote against it if it came to… Read more

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