Archive for November 2014

Renewed Terrorism in Jerusalem: A Perspective

Nov 29th, 2014 | By

During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, including Temple Mount and the Western “Wailing” Wall. Israel likewise took the entire West Bank of the Jordan River, the Golan Heights from Syria and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt. It was the most humiliating defeat the Arab world had experienced—and a triumph for the young Jewish state. Israel had tripled its size and had reunited Jerusalem, making it the capital of the nation. Since 1967, the results of this important war have framed the developments, politics and foreign policy decisions of the Middle East and much of the world. In 1967, one of the more difficult issues for Israel was what to do with Temple Mount in Jerusalem.



Philippians 2:14

Nov 25th, 2014 | By

Dr. Eckman leads discussion on a short verse with big implications in our Christian lives: “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”



Reflections on the Midterm Elections

Nov 22nd, 2014 | By

The 2014 election is now history and a few observations about this momentous election are now possible. Without question, it was a “wave” election for the Republican Party. Although the results are stunning, the election’s long-term potential impact is now coming into focus.



Ethical Issues: Gestational Surrogacy

Nov 15th, 2014 | By

Having children through surrogacy is increasingly common in the United States, especially the practice of paying women to carry a baby for you. But, other than the United States, only a few countries (e.g., India, Thailand, Ukraine, Mexico) permit paid surrogacy. Thus, there is a significant and growing number of people—generally affluent people—who are coming to the US from Europe, Asia and Australia to have a child via surrogacy. Indeed, as Tamar Lewin of the New York Times reports, “many large surrogacy agencies in the United States say international clients—gay, straight, married or single—provide the bulk of their business.”



Philippians 2:12-13

Nov 13th, 2014 | By

Paul tells the Church at Philippi to pursue God & to be obedient to Him, because God is already at work in the lives of His people, shaping their thoughts, desires, and actions.



Climate Change and Public Policy: The Need for Prudence

Nov 8th, 2014 | By

The mantra of “settled science” when it comes to climate change is uttered on the national media, by President Obama and by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For these folks the matter is settled; there is no more need for debate or discussion on the causes of climate change. For them, the next urgent matter is a change in public policy that immediately mandates significant reductions in greenhouse emissions (e.g., from the burning of coal). Is it “settled science”? Do we need aggressive laws that reduce carbon emissions? What should public policy be when it comes to managing climate change?



Youth Ministry–Preparing Teens for Adulthood: A Re-evaluation

Nov 1st, 2014 | By

The Youth Ministry model American churches have followed since World War II has not been a terribly effective one. It has not enhanced parent-teen relationships and has actually fostered a superficial, shallow Christianity among many young adults. Consciously or unconsciously, when children reach age 12 or so, parents “hand them off” to the youth leader, in effect saying, “I’m done; now you take over.” Often this model stresses fun, huge events (e.g., ski trips, retreats, wild antics, and occasional mission trips), but has little focus on the Bible, mentoring or a disciplined walk with God.