Archive for January 2016

A New Order for Europe?

Jan 30th, 2016 | By

After the devastation of World War I and the abject horror of World War II, Europe turned a significant corner in world history: Instead of embracing the nation-state with its competing passions for territory and power, Europe made a commitment to integrate itself economically and financially, but not politically. The nation states with their clearly defined borders would remain, but the economies and currencies of those nation states would integrate together into what eventually becoming the European Union (EU). The EU was to be the New Order for Europe. . . Today, that dream of a unified and integrated Europe is under tremendous stress. Indeed, a new European order may be emerging.



Revelation 16:1-16

Jan 25th, 2016 | By

Chapter 16 discusses the seven Bowl Judgements: plagues against nature & mankind which demonstrate the power, sovereignty, and majesty of the true God.



Wheaton College and the Theology of Islam

Jan 23rd, 2016 | By

Larycia Hawkins, tenured associate professor of political science at Wheaton College in Illinois, has taught at Wheaton since 2007, but, through her recent comments about Islam, has created a firestorm at this evangelical college. . . In December, Wheaton suspended her and placed her on administrative leave because her “theological statements seemed inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions.” The College explained that “While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation, and the life of prayer.”



Revelation 14:6-15:8

Jan 19th, 2016 | By

God’s judgment continues, judging the beast & his followers, while offering hope to those who have & will accept Him, and hope to those who are martyred during this time.



Volatility in the 2016 Middle Eastern Cauldron

Jan 16th, 2016 | By

Predicting what events will occur in the year 2016 is dangerous and rarely helpful. However, one thing seems certain about 2016: The Middle East will be on center stage. No matter what occurs in Asia or Europe, the world continues to be drawn to the Middle Eastern cauldron. It seems reasonable to conclude that this region will remain unstable, volatile and terribly dangerous. Events of the last few days validate this assumption. Consider these developments:



Altering Human Heredity: Gene Editing and the Power of Genetic Technology

Jan 9th, 2016 | By

On 1 December 2015, at the opening of a three-day meeting in Washington to discuss the ethics and use of gene editing, David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology perceptively declared, “Over the years the unthinkable has become conceivable and today we are close to being able to alter human heredity.” This meeting, called the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, was convened by the national academies of three nations—the United States, Great Britain and China. The primary focus of this meeting was to discuss whether gene editing should be used to make heritable changes to the human gene line.



Revelation 13:11-14:1

Jan 8th, 2016 | By

Chapter 13 reveals more details of The Anti-Christ & his False Prophet, and their deception & control over mankind.



Thoughts for Our Next President

Jan 2nd, 2016 | By

The year 2016 is a presidential election year and, although it seems as if the campaign began in early 2015, as we move into the New Year, voters will begin to get serious about a candidate. I am not interested in speculating on who will or who should win the election in November. I want to devote this edition of Issues to some thoughts for the future president and, by extension, for the voters who will elect that president.