Archive for December 2012

The Prince of Peace

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By
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This Christmas season, as we sing “Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven’s all gracious King,” from the magnificent Christmas carol, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” we echo the words of the angels in Luke 2:14 at the birth of Jesus. The “peace” that the angels proclaimed and about which we sing reflects a deep longing of the human heart: Our lives are often in turmoil and wracked by personal hardships.



The State of the Family in Western Civilization

Dec 15th, 2012 | By
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That the family is the bedrock institution of civilization is a given. But what constitutes a family is now being debated, and increasingly the state is taking over more of the family’s function. As a Christian, it is difficult for me to see this as a positive development; in fact, I believe it is one of the most worrying developments of the postmodern era. For that reason, I want to focus on the state of the family in this Perspective.



Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas

Dec 8th, 2012 | By
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The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is a portent of a much more serious crisis looming on the horizon for Israel. It is a crisis that has political, military and profound security implications for Israel. In this edition of Issues in Perspective, I seek to place this entire conflict in a proper context.