Archive for September 2014

Christianity: What Does It Mean?

Sep 27th, 2014 | By

When the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy of the early 20th century was brewing, one of Christianity’s greatest minds, J. Gresham Machen, wrote a book entitled Christianity and Liberalism which was published in 1921. In my judgment, it remains one of the most important books of the 20th century. It is relevant today for it reminds all of us who name the name of Christ, that the Christian faith is not only a faith commitment to Jesus Christ, but is also a set of doctrinal beliefs.



Philippians 1:9-11

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

Discussion of Paul’s powerful prayer for the Philippians, and how it reflects God’s desire for each of us today: that as we love God, we gain knowledge & discernment, so that we may be pure & blameless, and righteous.



Philippians 1:6-9

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Dr. Eckman leads in-depth discussion of Philippians 1:6 – “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”, and discusses Paul’s teachings of how God ultimately wants us to see people as He sees them.



A Crisis in World Leadership

Sep 20th, 2014 | By

Because this summer is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, I have read several books this summer on the beginnings of this horrific war, a war that dismantled four great empires, remade the Middle East and laid the groundwork for World War II, an even more catastrophic war.



Philippians 1:1-5

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

Join us as we begin a new study of the book of Philippians. We begin with a historical overview of Paul’s writings, and break down the significance of how Paul greets the people of Philippi in this letter.



The Islamic State: The New Jihad?

Sep 13th, 2014 | By

ISIS or ISIL (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [or in the Levant]) is arguably the most dangerous and ruthless expression of the doctrine of Islamic jihad in modern times. ISIS (or what is now more commonly referred to as simply the Islamic State) is a breakaway from al Qaeda and can only be understood in contrast to al Qaeda. Understanding ISIS is the main thrust of this edition of Issues in Perspective.



Intolerance, Persecution and the War on Religious Liberty: A World in Chaos

Sep 6th, 2014 | By

The Middle East is in chaos right now. The political/military nature of this chaos also has a religious dimension to it. There is an intense persecution of Christians that accompanies this chaos and this persecution is causing a massive displacement of populations in areas associated with the early church. Further, this chaos is spilling over into Europe where there is a growing anti-Semitism. There are several interconnected developments that resemble Europe before World War II or the Middle East before World War I.



Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

Solomon encourages us to live responsible lives in our youth, to set the stage for later years. He then concludes with his guidance for living life: trust God, walk with him in Faith, and obey Him, because everything we do is important.