Archive for January 2015

Critical Thinking, Politics and the Environmental Agenda

Jan 31st, 2015 | By
xi-obama

Over the last several months, the advocates of environmentalism, especially those on the left wing of this important movement, have focused on the Keystone pipeline, have lauded the Obama-Xi agreement on carbon emissions, and continue to argue strongly that global warming is caused singularly by humans via carbon emissions. It is time to step back and be intellectually honest about these three issues. An honest appraisal of these three items illustrates that left-wing environmentalism is more about politics and ideology than truth.



Religious Liberty: A Liberty Undergoing Fatal Stress?

Jan 24th, 2015 | By
religious-freedom

The LGBTQIA movement and Religious Liberty are on a collision course within American culture. One of the most recent examples of this occurred in Atlanta. In early January, Atlanta’s Mayor, Kasim Reed, fired the chief of the Fire Rescue Department, Kelvin Cochran. Cochran had written a book, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, in which he condemned homosexual acts as an affront to God. Cochran had distributed several copies of the book to Atlanta workers, all fellow Christians, plus to three other employees who had not requested a copy of the book. Mayor Reed had suspended Cochran for a month without pay in November, pending an investigation into whether Cochran had violated Atlanta’s nondiscrimination policies.



Philippians 4:7-10

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
thinking

What we think about is important to God: Paul continues his call for Peace with a directive & thorough description of ‘the right thoughts’ for Peace in one’s mind.



Philippians 4:1-6

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By
peace

Paul makes a Call for Peace: Peace in the Church and Peace in one’s inner self, encouraging believers to have gratitude, be gentle with others, and to not be anxious.



The Palestinian Quest for Statehood

Jan 17th, 2015 | By
palestine

Since the United Nations created the state of Israel in 1947, an offer to create a Palestinian state has been on the table. The proposed partition of Palestine in 1947 involved a state for the Jewish people as their homeland and a state of virtually equal size for the Palestinians. Israel accepted the partition; the Palestinians rejected it, which led to the 1948 war when the infant Jewish state was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. There have been three subsequent wars between Israel and these same neighbors (1956, 1967, and 1973). Today, Israel embraces the two-state solution (i.e., a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel).



Philippians 3:18-4:1

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
potter

“Future promises determine present behavior” – Paul reminds the church at Philippi that because one has accepted Christ as a Savior, our thoughts & actions will be shaped & molded by Him.



Teens and Birth Control

Jan 12th, 2015 | By
teen-parent

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently reported that about one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers. He further summarizes some other staggering statistics:



Jerusalem: The World’s Most Controversial City

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By
Old City from the Mount of the Olives

With the controversy between Jews and Muslims over the 37-acre compound called Temple Mount brewing these last few months, the Palestinian Liberation Organization made an extraordinary decision that defies all logic and history: The name used by Jews for this site—Temple Mount—the PLO declared to be “null and void.” They stipulated that the site can only be called Al Aqsa Mosque or the Noble Sanctuary. [A lesser known Arabic name for the site is Bait al-Maqdis, “house of the holy.”] For Islam, this is where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven, where his role as Allah’s Prophet was affirmed. The controversy over the site the Jews call Temple Mount is over more than sovereignty or the title of the site.