Archive for June 2016

Genesis 15:8-16:6

Jun 30th, 2016 | By

Abraham’s vision & covenant with God, and the story of Hagar & Ishmael teaches us today & always to trust God’s Word & wait for His promises.



Genesis 14:1-15:7

Jun 28th, 2016 | By

Dr. Eckman leads discussion of how Abram rescues Lot, and the Lord’s renewed covenant with Abram.



The Frightening Nuclear Ambitions of North Korea

Jun 26th, 2016 | By

President Barack Obama had a dream when he became president; a dream of a nuclear-free world, or at least one of a significantly reduced nuclear threat. He has made progress on nuclear-arms reduction and non-proliferation. In 2010, he signed a strategic-arms control treaty (a new START treaty) with Russia. He sponsored or hosted a series of nuclear-security summits intended to stop fissile material getting into the wrong hands. Finally, of course, is his infamous deal with Iran to restrict for the next 10-15 years (not end) Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But there is one nation that represents an abject failure of President Obama’s vision—North Korea.



The Subtle Power of Facebook

Jun 18th, 2016 | By

This May, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, invited a group of conservative leaders to his Silicon Valley board room to discuss the perceived Facebook bias against conservative views and positions being displayed on the Facebook platform. He denied bias against conservative views. The alleged censorship focuses on a feature on Facebook’s desktop version called “trending topics,” which relies on special curators to help select the new items to highlight. . . But leaving aside this controversy over the “trending topics” part of Facebook, I want to concentrate in this Perspective on the subtle but real power of this social network. A few items for consideration:



Genesis 12:1-13:18

Jun 13th, 2016 | By

God commands Abraham to travel to the land of Canaan. After several tests of Abraham’s faith, including conflicts with Pharaoh & with Lot, The Lord reveals His covenant with Abraham & his offspring.



Transgenderism and Public Bathrooms: The New Civil Right

Jun 11th, 2016 | By

As a result of the Supreme Court ruling last June legalizing same-sex marriage, the social battleground has shifted to transgenderism. Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have added a pop-culture dimension to transgender issues, and President Obama has made it an issue of rights protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Michael Scherer of Time magazine writes that “with the power of federal purse strings, the Obama Administration has declared that all students must be treated equally regardless of gender identity, defining innate feelings of male and female identity as legally protected rights.”



The Global Religious Landscape and the Growing Secularization of the World

Jun 4th, 2016 | By

The Pew Research Center periodically issues valuable studies on religious movements, trends and often speculates on what present tendencies tell us about the future. The Pew Center recently published its Global Religious Futures, which gives focus to eight major global religious groups and speculates on what present tendencies tell us about these groups through 2050. What follows is a summary of the Center’s salient findings:



Genesis 11:1-12:3

Jun 3rd, 2016 | By

Dr. Eckman leads discussion of the Tower of Babel & the beginnings of the Lord’s Redemptive Plan, by His calling of Abraham.