Archive for June 2015

Atheism Institutionalized?

Jun 27th, 2015 | By

In his book, Culture Wars [Basic Books, 1991], sociologist James Davison Hunter argues that American culture is experiencing a crisis of moral authority. On one side of the cultural cleavage, “the progressive” claims that the individual, autonomous self is the source of moral authority, while on the other side, “the orthodox” claims that something transcendent is the source of moral authority. This struggle to define America’s cultural center informs the debate over abortion, euthanasia, sexuality issues, education, law and the role of government in our lives. It is a battle for the future.



Daniel 1:1-21

Jun 25th, 2015 | By

Dr. Eckman begins a new bible study on the book of Daniel, beginning with Daniel’s exile to Babylon, and his education & training under King Nebuchadnezzar.



Caitlyn Jenner, Feminism and Sexual Confusion in American Culture

Jun 20th, 2015 | By

The cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair displays Caitlyn Jenner (the new transgender identity of 1976 Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner). Caitlyn is the new “poster girl” of the transgender movement in western civilization … There is obvious tension between the transgender movement and modern feminism.



2 Thessalonians 3:3-18

Jun 18th, 2015 | By

We complete our study of 2 Thessalonians, with Paul’s encouragement to believers to live holy & productive lives.



2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:2

Jun 16th, 2015 | By

Paul reminds us that God loves His people & we are in the process of being sanctified. We are reminded to hold fast to His teachings, and encourage others to consider to the Gospel of the Lord.



A New World Order: Russia, Iran and China

Jun 13th, 2015 | By

In many parts of the world, there is a growing concern about the retreat of the United States from global leadership in the economic, political and military arenas. In the international economic area, American leadership in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is of acute concern. For example, Kevin Rafferty, former World Bank official, writes that “The United States has lost its way and is rapidly forfeiting claims to global financial, economic, political and moral leadership . . . Not for the first time, Obama has shown he can talk eloquently, but does not have a political clue how to get things done.” Although provocative, Rafferty’s statement is not unique. There is the perception among many of the world’s leaders that the US is disengaged and failing to provide the kind of leadership it has consistently done since World War II.



“Speak the Truth in Love”— to a Postmodern, Postchristian Culture

Jun 6th, 2015 | By

The assumption of personal faith, which used to be a staple of American culture, is no longer valid. Postmodern pluralism and relativism define our culture and personal autonomy drives individual ambition and meaning. For those of us who love Christ and see our identity as being in Christ, it is easy to become defensive and imagine ourselves as “an aggrieved and repressed remnant.” But the New Testament offers another approach: Believers in Christ are to speak the truth in love. Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, argues that Christians should be a “joyful minority. [But] we are no longer effective at persuasion because we lack humility. Some in the faith community are losing legitimacy among younger people because many Christians only speak truth and fail to do truth.”