Archive for July 2013

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Eckman continues his series on the Bible with 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.



The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

Jul 27th, 2013 | By
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Last week, George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of murder and manslaughter in the 26 February 2012 killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The trial and the circumstances that led up to the trial were filled with intense emotion, controversy and ethical meaning. It should foster some soul-searching on the part of the nation, especially for Christians. Arguably, this was an extremely difficult case for the prosecution. . .



The Supreme Court and Marriage

Jul 20th, 2013 | By
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That marriage and family are changing is now a given. Law, insurance practices and government policies all reflect this change. Both are defined in many different ways and marriage is no longer solely heterosexual in its nature. Furthermore, Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College in Washington recently observed that “marriage is no longer the central institution that organizes people’s lives. Marriage is no longer the only place where people make major life transitions and decisions, enter into commitments or incur obligations…”



How to Reach Islam for Jesus Christ

Jul 13th, 2013 | By
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Many remember this tragic 2010 story: In Gainesville, Florida, Pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn copies of the Qur’an on 11 September 2010 (he called it “International Burn a Koran Day”). He said that his purpose was to “bring awareness to the dangers of Islam and that the Koran is leading people to hell. Eternal fire is the only destination the Koran can lead people to so we want to put the Koran in its place—the fire!” Although I believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), I question whether Pastor Jones was laying out an effective strategy to give witness to the truth about Jesus. I find nothing in the Bible that would view this as an effective kind of witness. Let me suggest two thoughts:



Stem Cell Research: New Alternatives

Jul 6th, 2013 | By
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Stem cells are the building blocks of the human body. Stem cell research has enormous potential to deal with disease and various genetic disorders. The most controversial aspect of stem cell research is embryonic stem cells, which necessitate the killing of the embryo to retrieve the stem cells. In 2010, scientists reported on a new technique that provides an alternative to using human embryonic stem cells for research. Basically, the process enables scientists to convert ordinary skin cells into cells that appear virtually identical to embryonic stem cells. This same strategy can then be used to “coax” those same cells to morph into specific tissues that would be a perfect match for transplantation into patients.