Archive for October 2014

Philippians 2:2-11

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

Paul makes an appeal for unity amongst the church at Philippi which applies to us today: because of our Christian characteristics, we should have unity of mind, love, spirit, and purpose. Unfortunately, man’s selfish ambitions get in the way, so we are encouraged to follow the example of the humble & selfless Jesus Christ.



Understanding ISIS: Its Origins, Its Ideology and Its Context

Oct 25th, 2014 | By

The emergence of the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) is an important development within militant Islam. Since 9/11 America’s terrorist focus has been on al Qaeda, but no longer. We are learning more about ISIS and it is now possible to place this radical Islamic faction in context with a clear ideology and doctrine.



Same-Sex Marriage: A Stunning Cultural and Legal Accommodation

Oct 18th, 2014 | By

On Monday, 6 October 2014, the US Supreme Court let stand appeals court rulings permitting same-sex marriage in five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Such decisions by the Court are done without explanation, as was this decision. But the silence of the Court here is deafening, for it sends a decisive signal that the accommodation to same-sex marriage is virtually complete within American culture and law. This action by the Court increased the number of states permitting same-sex marriage to 24. This will expand quickly to others.



Philippians 2:1

Oct 17th, 2014 | By

In this study, we discuss this verse that characterizes the God’s values of love & compassion, and how we are to model this in our own lives.



Anti-Semitism: Alive and Well in the 21st Century

Oct 11th, 2014 | By

Quite incredibly we are hearing the horrific declarations of “Death to the Jews,” and “Gas the Jews!” ring out from the cities of Europe again. In addition, we are seeing ugly violence emanate from the same cities. For example, four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was destroyed in July by youth protesting Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany was fire-bombed, while a group of Muslim men patrolled a neighborhood wearing makeshift uniforms that said “Shariah Police.” A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. Is there a change in European attitudes toward the Jews?



Philippians 1:19-30

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

In today’s study, we see how despite his imprisonment, Paul is determined & focused with an eternal view, and he encourages us to conduct ourselves in ways that are honorable to the Gospel.



Family Diversity: The New Normal and Its Consequences

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

Anyone who is involved in education or in pastoral ministry has observed that over the last several decades the family has been undergoing enormous stress and change. And the children who attend school or get involved in the church or Sunday school manifest the consequences of these changes. I recently came across a briefing paper for the Council on Contemporary Families written by Philip Cohen of the University of Maryland. It is a masterful summary of the new normal for families in the United States.



Philippians 1:12-19

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

Paul tells the church at Philippi that his imprisonment is not hindering the gospel in any way. He also speaks of those who preach with impure intentions: God blesses the message, but not the motives.