Archive for December 2015

Mary’s Little Lamb at Christmas

Dec 26th, 2015 | By

Much of American culture still accepts the manger at Christmas. We still see manger scenes in church, on front lawns and on Christmas cards. But in our increasingly secular, commercial, and sexually liberated society, we keep the horizontal message of the manger but often eliminate the vertical message entirely. We like the shepherds and their lambs, but are uncomfortable with God, miracles and the incarnation. In short, the biblical worldview about Christmas is rapidly losing market share to a more secular, materialistic one that is horizontally comfortable but vertically challenged.



Arbitrary Benchmarks in the Climate Change Debate

Dec 19th, 2015 | By

As I am writing this, the UN Paris Climate Change Conference involving about 190 nations is in its second week of negotiations. The exact result of this major conference is not yet known. But one of the most important elements of the climate change debate is the key benchmark set for acceptable rise in global temperature. For decades, climate treaty discussions have been framed by the conviction that a rise in the planet’s average global temperature of two degrees Celsius or more above preindustrial levels would usher in catastrophic climate change. Why has this 2 degree Celsius limit taken on a life of its own? Where did it originate and why? Is it a reliable benchmark for the world to follow or is it an arbitrary benchmark?



Einstein’s Theory of Relativity: 100 Years Later

Dec 12th, 2015 | By

The Scientific Revolution of the 16th-century changed humanity’s perspective and understanding of the physical universe. At the end of the Scientific Revolution (the 17th century), Sir Isaac Newton synthesized the work of others (e.g., Galileo, Kepler, Brahe, etc.) with his own original thinking, and produced a compressive understanding of the laws of the physical world (e.g., inertia, gravity, etc.). . . But on 25 November 1915, Albert Einstein published a theory that challenged this understanding of the physical world.



Revelation 11:15-12:10

Dec 11th, 2015 | By

Dr. Eckman discusses the details of the Sounding of the 7th Trumpet, and we are introduced to 7 figures who are dominant during the last half of the Great Tribulation.



Is Capital Punishment Biblical?

Dec 5th, 2015 | By

In the United States, capital punishment remains legal in 31 states and in the federal civilian and military legal systems (for specific crimes). The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution has been understood as the key section of the Constitution governing capital punishment, and it has been interpreted to apply to murders committed by mentally competent adults.



Revelation 11:1-14

Dec 4th, 2015 | By

Chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation introduces us to two key players in the Day of the Lord: the Two Witnesses, and to the Anti-Christ.



Revelation 9:9-10:11

Dec 1st, 2015 | By

We discuss the sounding of the 6th Trumpet, and John’s vision of a mighty angel which reaffirms John’s prophetical calling & prepares us for the horrific things to come.