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Sunday Jun 22, 2014
    With news that the Presbyterian Church (USA) has narrowly voted to divest from three companies doing business with Israel, pro Israel activists watch with dismay as another victory goes into the win column for proponents of the Palestinian narrative.   According to an article from Religion News Service, the vote not only has divided the Presbyterians — it threatens other relationships, as...
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Monday May 26, 2014
  (The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri.)   On the evening of April 27, 2014, Ed Stetzer tweeted the news to his followers that Fuller Seminary’s Glen Stassen had passed away.   “May we all love peace as much as he did,” Stetzer added.   Stassen, the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller, had a long career, having taught at Duke and Southern Baptist...
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Saturday May 24, 2014
  (Synagogue - Capernaum)      I’ve been privileged to visit Israel many times, yet each time is (of course) wonderful, sublime, joyous, enlightening.   Et cetera.   I often hear fellow Christians lament the cost of the trip, security issues, lack of vacation time—these things prevent them from going.   Listen, we’re all in the same leaky economic boat. I totally ...
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Wednesday May 14, 2014
    One of the most fascinating parables in the Bible (okay, they’re all fascinating!) involves the parable of the budding fig tree, spoken of in Matthew 24; Luke 21 and Mark 13. Many scholars interpret it as referring to the coming Kingdom of God.    Others—particularly Bible prophecy teachers and students—believe it refers to the re-establishment of Israel.   Hal Lindsey, among others,...
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Wednesday May 14, 2014
    Remember when the homespun small-town sheriff, Andy Griffith, used to furrow his brow as he “studied on” an oddity he encountered?   “Curious, curious…” he’d muse, as Barney looked confused.   Well, I furrowed my brow this week this week as I saw what  used to be an anomaly in the denomination of my youth: the Southern Baptist Convention.   Baptist churches, a...
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