Archive for July 2011

The Importance of a Theology of God

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

Broadly speaking, our evangelical culture in America is dumbing down doctrine and theology. Rarely in the typical evangelical church in America will you hear sermons or teaching sessions on God as Trinity or the importance of the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. In this Perspective, I want to illustrate the importance of sound doctrine to our lives.

The Failure of Head Start

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

One of my favorite columnists is Joe Klein of Time magazine. Although decidedly liberal in the political sense, Klein is honest and straightforward. I respect that about him. For that reason, his most recent column on Head Start was intriguing.

Thinking Biblically About Immigration

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

America has been experiencing a crisis for some time now in the area of its immigration policies and practices. In this Perspective, I want to add a biblical perspective to the discussion.

The Space Shuttle Program: A Metaphor For America

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By

On 8 July 2011, the US space shuttle program came to an end. The shuttle Atlantis was the last operational shuttle to be launched into space; its mission was to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). The space shuttle program lasted for 30 years and involved 135 launches and two tragic disasters.

Polygamy: The Next Sexual Revolution?

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By

Nearly two weeks ago, my wife and I were watching ABC evening news and an ABC investigative reporter was summarizing a piece on Michele Bachmann’s husband, who runs a Christian counseling center in Minnesota. One of the goals of his center is to help counsel homosexuals who desire to change their lifestyle. The report was cynical and filled with innuendo and criticism from other professional counselors.

The Boeing Corporation and the Right to Work

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By

One of America’s premier corporations, Boeing, has built a second production plant in South Carolina (its other one is in Washington State) for its 787 Dreamliner airplane, creating over 1,000 jobs so far. But the National Labor Relations Board, created in 1935 by the Wagner Act, has taken exception to Boeing’s decision.

Fidelity in Marriage: A New Ethic?

Jul 16th, 2011 | By

Sexual scandals seem to abound right now in our culture: politicians, media leaders and former presidents, as well as the normal sexual perversion emanating from Hollywood. Are our expectations about fidelity in marriage too high and, in fact, unrealistic? Will this same expectation of basic fidelity in marriage now be extended to same-sex marriages?

The War Against the Girls

Jul 16th, 2011 | By

Mara Hvistendahl has written a powerful and provocative book entitled Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. She demonstrates that in China, India and other nations, there are many more men than women, the result of systematic campaigns against baby girls. In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. Jonathan Last writes “this ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that’s as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.” However, in India today there are 112 boys for every 100 girls born. In China the number is 121, with some towns in China over 150! Why this incredibly skewed ratio? One reason—abortion.

Charles Darwin Does Matter

Jul 9th, 2011 | By

The debate within our culture about origins continues, and the legacy of Charles Darwin in this debate is immense and profound. We tend to forget that Darwin’s ideas were truly revolutionary and their impact continues throughout western civilization. Better than any other example, Darwin’s hypothesis about natural selection proves the point that ideas do indeed have consequences.

The Gay Revolution in Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective

Jul 9th, 2011 | By
The Heartland Proclamation

Recently, I received in my office at Grace University a single sheet entitled “The Heartland Proclamation” by the Heartland Clergy for Inclusion. In part, this sheet read, “As Christian clergy we proclaim the Good News concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons and publicly apologize where we have been silent.