Archive for August 2014

Israel and Hamas: A Study in the World’s Hypocrisy

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
israeli-soldiers

The war of attrition being waged by Hamas against Israel grinds on. There is every evidence that Israel is clearly winning this war, but it grinds on nonetheless. In this conflict, the world’s response to this war of attrition is interesting. In fact, the world’s response is a study in hypocrisy, for it holds Israel to a standard to which it holds no other nation.



Ecclesiastes 10:12-12:10

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
trust-god

As we near the end of our study of Ecclesiastes, Solomon explains what a life of Faith, Trust, and Obedience to God should look like.



Cultural Dysfunction in 21st-Century America

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By
marijuana-rally

One of my favorite columnists is New York Times columnist David Brooks. In one of his columns in May he wrote: “In 1966, 86% of college freshmen said that developing a meaningful philosophy of life was essential or very important. Today, less than half say a meaningful philosophy of life is that important. University of Michigan studies suggest that today’s students score about 40% lower in measures of empathy than students did 30 years ago.”



Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:16

Aug 21st, 2014 | By
joy

Solomon shares his message of God’s providence as it relates to human joy: man cannot begin to comprehend God & his infinite power & wisdom, so we are to walk in faith, while trusting & obeying Him, and enjoy all the days of our lives.



Israel, Hamas and the Complicated Middle East: Reasons for Optimism?

Aug 16th, 2014 | By
Old City Jerusalem Israel

As I am writing this, the Gaza war between Hamas and Israel is in a quasi-ceasefire mode, but some fighting has resumed in Gaza. Difficult negotiations in Cairo have begun over the major issues that brought about the conflict. It is a complicated set of issues with many layers and tentacles that connect most of the major players in the Middle East. In addition, there is evidence that this Gaza war has further isolated Israel, especially when it comes to Western Europe.



Ecclesiastes 7:25-8:9

Aug 15th, 2014 | By
US Capitol Dome

Solomon discusses the relationship between God’s sovereignty & human character, and begins sharing perspective on a wise person’s relationship with government.



A Foreign Policy Crisis in America: Russia, the Middle East and the Obama Administration

Aug 9th, 2014 | By
obama-putin

Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently wrote that “the willingness of the United States to use force to defend its interests and the liberal world order has been an essential and unavoidable part of sustaining the world order since World War II. It is also an essential part of effective diplomacy . . . The question today is finding the right balance between when to use force and when not to.”



Ecclesiastes 7:10-20

Aug 8th, 2014 | By
hl243

Dr. Eckman gives final thoughts on God’s perspective regarding adversity & prosperity in our lives, then begins discussion on the relationship between God’s sovereignty & human character.



Ecclesiastes 7:1-10

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
mountain

In Chapter 7, Solomon tells us that God is the author of both adversity & prosperity, and He mingles them together throughout life. We are encouraged to trust God by being happy in ‘good’ times, and to consider the purpose behind seemingly ‘bad’ times.



Moral Clarity in Today’s Middle East

Aug 2nd, 2014 | By
egypt1

As I am writing this, Israel and Hamas are engaged in one of their periodic wars. The international media is giving focus to the civilian casualties in Gaza, ignoring the larger realities that define Hamas and its worldview. There are immediate concerns to this crisis, including the loss of life and property in Gaza. Hamas governs Gaza, an area of about 1.7 million people mired in poverty. Hamas has been pouring the national treasure into the building of a military infrastructure to make war on Israel. With an unemployment rate at 50%, this makes little sense. But there are also much larger and more consequential issues at stake here.