Archive for August 2011

“Pregnancy Reductions”: The New Frontier of Death

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

A New York Times writer recently published one of the most chilling and shocking articles I have read in some time. Entitled, “Unnatural Selection,” the article uses a phrase new to me, “pregnancy reductions.” A seemingly neutral term, it actually refers to a frequently used procedure of eliminating one of the twins growing in a woman’s womb.



Arab Spring or Arab Transition?

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

As I am writing this, it appears that Libya is now completely in the control of the rebels. Decades of authoritarian rule under Qaddafi are over. In addition, regime change has now occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen—and Syria remains very unstable. It is appropriate now to ask, where is this “Arab Spring” headed?



Is the Health Care Law Unconstitutional?

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

The provision in President Obama’s health care law requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or face tax penalties was ruled unconstitutional on 12 August 2011 by the US Court of Appeals of the 11th Circuit in Atlanta. For the first time since it was passed, this provision of the health care legislation is in real jeopardy.



The Historical Development of Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

In the July 2011 edition of Christianity Today there is an interview with Bishop Kallistos Ware, formerly known as Timothy Ware, who had converted to Orthodox Christianity as a young man and who wrote a rather definitive book entitled The Orthodox Church.



The Split between Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

The division of the church between East and West is rooted deep in church history. First of all, early on leaders noticed the difference and discrepancies that language brought.



Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy: Theology and Ethics

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

For the Protestant, Scripture is the final authority. For the Roman Catholic, it is both Scripture and tradition. However, for the Eastern Orthodox, theological authority is internal, coming from the Spirit, Who speaks to believers through tradition.



A Model Evangelical Leader: John R.W. Stott

Aug 13th, 2011 | By

One of my personal heroes went to be with the Lord in July—the British scholar and Christian leader, John R.W. Stott. He was 90 years old. I will miss his pithy, succinct writing, his gracious style and his deep-seated commitment to genuine, biblical Christianity.



Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Beacons of Light in Horrific Darkness

Aug 13th, 2011 | By

The city of San Francisco has declared war on crisis pregnancy centers in the Bay Area. The first element of attack is a bill introduced to the city’s Board of Supervisors that would make it illegal for such centers to advertise falsely about their pregnancy-related services.



The Debt-Ceiling Deal and the Downgrade of the US Credit Rating

Aug 13th, 2011 | By

The downgrading of the US credit rating from AAA to AA+ is significant, yet troubling. That different political groups within the US are trying to make “political hay” out of this is obvious. But this nation cannot permit politics to determine our response.



An Overview of the Debt-Ceiling Crisis

Aug 6th, 2011 | By

As I am writing this, congressional leaders and the president have presumably reached a last-minute agreement on raising the debt ceiling of the United States in exchange, among other things, for a reduction in future spending of the US. In this Perspective, I hope to provide some important background and analysis to the crisis.