Archive for November 2011

“We Gather Together”: A Thanksgiving Hymn in Historical Perspective

Nov 26th, 2011 | By

This is Thanksgiving weekend and it is appropriate in this edition of Issues in Perspective to focus on Thanksgiving. To that end, I want to concentrate on the Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together.”

Zen Buddhism and Steve Jobs

Nov 26th, 2011 | By

With the death of Apple founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, and the subsequent release of the biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, we have gained a new insight into the mind and heart of this remarkable man.

Thinking about the Penn State Tragedy

Nov 19th, 2011 | By

That the Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, has been fired is almost unimaginable! I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and in that state he is probably the most important single individual.

Radicalism and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Nov 19th, 2011 | By

What are we to make of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement? What are its goals, its aspirations? Is it the left-wing equivalent of the Tea Party movement on the right? Is there any ideological coherence to this group?

The Core Issue in the Health Care Law

Nov 19th, 2011 | By

The conventional wisdom is that the Supreme Court will soon agree to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare law passed last summer. Basic questions are at stake here:

Emerging Adulthood: Implications for the Church and the Culture

Nov 12th, 2011 | By

Nearly two weeks ago, I read a book by sociologist Christian Smith while returning to Omaha on a plane. It was an astounding account of the cultural phenomenon called emerging adulthood.

The Importance of Worldview: Roman Paganism vs. Christianity, AD 50-180

Nov 12th, 2011 | By

Recently, I read a remarkable magazine on medicine and health care throughout history. What was most striking was the article on healthcare in the Roman Empire. In my opinion, nothing better illustrates the power of worldview in explaining social change than this article.

A 2008 Offer to the Palestinians

Nov 12th, 2011 | By

In the new book by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, there is a startling account of an offer Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, made secretly to Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the summer of 2008.

A Biblical Theology of the Human Conscience

Nov 5th, 2011 | By

Scripture teaches that humans, made in the image of God, have an innate sense of right and wrong, a moral monitor that either “approves or accuses.” Conscience serves as an umpire, which disposes the human to view life situations in a moral/ethical light, thus judging/determining that some actions are “right” and some are “wrong.”

The Church and Love for Animals: Is It Biblical?

Nov 5th, 2011 | By

As Christians, how are we to treat the physical world, including animals? What is the value of non-human life? How much care do we as Christians need to take in relation to nature? How does God look at non-human creation? What are we to think about all of this?