Archive for October 2015

The Unanswered Questions of Science

Oct 31st, 2015 | By

We live in a technological age in which science dominates our thinking and offers solutions to many of our fundamental problems. We depend on science and hold this discipline of human knowledge higher than we hold others (e.g., history, literature). At the end of the Scientific Revolution (the 17th century), Sir Isaac Newton synthesized the work of others with his own original thinking, and produced a compressive understanding of the laws of the physical world. We owe him much [. . .]



Revelation 3:14-4:11

Oct 30th, 2015 | By

Jesus’ shares his message to the church at Laodicea, and John’s writings turns to his vision of the Throne of Heaven.



Revelation 3:1-12

Oct 29th, 2015 | By

Jesus speaks in John’s vision to the churches at Sardis, condemning them for being a ‘dead’ church & confronting them with a process to renew their hearts. He also tells the church at Philadelphia that He will vindicate & protect them. We are encouraged today by both to renew our own spiritual passion & trust in God in all situations.



What Is Vladimir Putin Doing in the Middle East [Part Two]?

Oct 24th, 2015 | By

The events unfolding in the Middle East are of immense significance, but, with presidential politics, same-sex marriage debates and the news-as-entertainment phenomenon, most Americans are ignorant of these developments. For that reason, I am adding a second part to the Issues of a few weeks ago, “What is Vladimir Putin doing in the Middle East?”



Tests of God’s Grace: Suicide and the Death of a Child

Oct 17th, 2015 | By

In the early days of December in 1983, I received a call in my office from my father in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He shared with me the tragedy of my 23-year-old brother’s suicide. My brother knew Jesus as His Savior, but struggled much of his life with severe depression. At the low point in one of those cycles of depression, he took his life. As a family, we asked the typical questions: “Why? What could we have done to prevent this? Why did we not see the signs? Why did we miss them?” Guilt, questioning, doubt in God’s goodness and grace naturally followed. These were some of the most difficult days of my life. But those days drove me to a deeper exploration of God’s goodness and His grace.



Revelation 2:11-23

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

Jesus speaks to the churches at Pergamum & Thyatira, telling them to protect the purity of sound doctrine in the Church. There should be no compromise to the foundational theology of the Bible: It is important to the Lord what we believe & how we protect that in our hearts & minds.



What Is Evangelical Christianity’s Place in Postmodern America?

Oct 10th, 2015 | By

The role of evangelical Protestant Christianity in the development of America has been profound. The linkage between the First Great Awakening and the decision for independence from Great Britain is incontrovertible. Consequently, the desire for both political liberty and religious liberty energized the independence movement (see Thomas S. Kidd, God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution). Evangelical Christianity therefore maintained its location at American culture’s center until the waves of immigration began in the late 19th and into the early 20th centuries, when Protestant evangelicalism competed with Roman Catholicism and Judaism for the cultural center. Into the 20th century, especially after the immigration laws were changed in the 1960s, new religious faiths entered American culture, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, among others.



Revelation 2:6-11

Oct 9th, 2015 | By

Jesus speaks to the church at Smyrna in John’s vision, commending them for enduring suffering & persecution. Today, we are encouraged to be faithful in all situations, for our reward is eternal life.



What Is Vladimir Putin Doing in the Middle East?

Oct 3rd, 2015 | By

In the history of American foreign policy, presidents have consistently sought to impede Russian presence in the Middle East. In 1946, President Truman forced the USSR to withdraw from Iran. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, President Nixon pressured the USSR when it began resupplying Arab clients. After the 1976 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Carter threatened military force if the Soviets went any farther. In August, Israel began warning the United States that Russia was planning a significant military deployment into Syria to prop up the Assad regime. That deployment has begun.



Revelation 1:16-2:6

Oct 2nd, 2015 | By

John shares Jesus’ words from his vision as he addresses the church at Ephesus, commending them for their endurance, and reminding them how they’ve lost their sense of their first love, Jesus. We are reminded today that without love, the Church’s work is lifeless.