December 9, 2019

I wrote a blog post yesterday about tapping down spike marks. A reader pointed out my error. I now stand corrected about it and embarrassed. A year ago, I read articles about the new rules changes that were going to go into effect for the 2019 season. I am now surprised that I didn’t see anything about the new rule change regarding spike marks. The new Rule 13.1, c, 2 reads, “Repair of Damage. A player may repair damage on… Read more

December 8, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump and his former Ambassador to the the UN, Niki Haley, are fueling anti-Semitism by their deeds and words. During only three years in office, President Trump has done three things that he believes have been in the best interests of the State of Israel: (1) moved the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, (2) recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights way back in 1981, and (3) allowed his Secretary of State Mike… Read more

December 8, 2019

Is the PGA Tour getting lax on enforcing the Rules of Golf? A case in point may have been this past week. Yesterday, Henrik Stenson won the PGA Tour’s limited field (only 18 players) Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It was an exciting tournament, with several of the best players in golf, including current Masters champion Tiger Woods, in the hunt to win it. Stenson eagled the 15th hole with a tap-in putt and cruised to win the tournament… Read more

December 7, 2019

Christmas good ole’ jolly season of Christmas will soon be upon us. People are putting up a Christmas tree in their living rooms, putting out their Christmas tree lights, and, of course, doing all that Christmas shopping. But what is this Christmas business really supposed to be about? In one word–JESUS. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and believing he is the Christ, the Messiah of Israel. Surprisingly, it is the Gentiles mostly who have believed this. The Jews… Read more

December 6, 2019

I have been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) since 1999. Most of its nearly 10,000 members are professors who have PhDs and are specialists in biblical studies. My friend Professor Scot McKnight suggested I join due to my interest in the Bible and book publications that I have written about the Bible. Each year SBL joins together with the American Academy of Religion (AAR), which also consists of about 10,000 members, to hold an Annual Meeting. The… Read more

December 4, 2019

Christianity teaches the doctrine of the Trinity. It was gradually developed by post-apostolic church fathers over a period of about 250 years and made official at the Second Ecumenical Council, in 381. It means that God is three co-equal and co-eternal persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. In nearly the next two centuries, church fathers developed this teaching further about how Jesus could be both man and God. It is called “the hypostatic union.” It… Read more

November 20, 2019

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill which announces the U.S. support of protestors in Hong Kong who are calling for the development of more democracy. The bill passed an astounding 417 votes to only one opposed to it. The Senate quickly approved the bill as well. It is reported that President Donald Trump, despite having initiated a serious trade war with China, is expected to sign the bill soon. (Actually, two bills were involved.) The National… Read more

November 19, 2019

For decades the U.S. has been the main power broker in the so-called “Middle East Peace Process,” which really refers mostly to efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But that process has been dead for years. President Donald Trump has been the main cause of it by being anti-Palestinian. He has done multiple things that have not only been contrary to the peace process but clearly pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian. One was moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv,… Read more

November 18, 2019

In the last presidential election, I wanted Michael Bloomberg to enter the race. However, I even more wanted Colin Powell to do so because I would have voted for him. Michael Bloomberg was the mayor of New York City for three terms, thus for twelve years. He generally is credited with having improved the City and thereby attained a positive legacy as mayor. I believe he is a level-headed guy. He also is passionate about increased gun control and reducing… Read more

November 18, 2019

A new Pew Research Center survey affirms that Americans still generally think religion is good for America, yet they want organized religion to stay out of politics. This is an important point since the ever-growing Evangelicalism and Pentecostal/Charismatic sects generally want to make the U.S. a Christian nation, or, as they would put it, return America to being a Christian nation. And President Donald Trump’s administration has been advocating the relaxing of laws preventing religious organizations and other non-profits from… Read more

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