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1 Peter 1:3-13

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
bspi20170811

Peter shares more of God’s plan for Salvation, emphasizing how the prophets of the Old Testament were laboring not for themselves, but for future generations — including us today.



How Americans Disagree in 2017

Aug 5th, 2017 | By
iipi20170805

In mid-June, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., armed with a rifle, opened fire on a group of Republican members of Congress practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. Four victims were transferred to the hospital with gunshot injuries: Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer. Another congressman and a second police officer also suffered minor injuries. In statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper, Hodgkinson expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich. He also volunteered for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. He was not a communist or an extremist member of some paramilitary group. He was an ordinary Midwestern Democrat who detested what was happening in his life and to his nation.



1 Peter Introduction-1:5

Aug 4th, 2017 | By
bspi20170805

Dr. Eckman begins a new study of 1st Peter: Peter affirms & reinforces that our Hope is a living Hope for life because of Jesus, and there is an imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance for every one who puts their faith in Christ.



Jude 1:21-25

Jul 29th, 2017 | By
bspi20170729

Dr. Eckman wraps up our study of the Book of Jude, including a concise summary to all Believers for living the Christian Life.



Thinking Biblically about Charlie Gard

Jul 29th, 2017 | By
iipi20147047247

The case of 11-month old Charlie Gard of the United Kingdom has been heart-wrenching. It also raises a number of profound ethical questions. Charlie was born with a pair of genetic mutations that depleted his body of mitochondria, the minute structures that produce energy molecules that the body’s cells need to live. As a result, he has suffered — according to the hospital — “catastrophic and irreversible brain damage.” He cannot breathe, he essentially cannot move, and he cannot hear. He has been kept alive by life support systems. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have pinned their hopes on an experimental treatment called nucleoside therapy.



Jude 1:10-21

Jul 27th, 2017 | By
bspi20170727

Continued discussion of false teachers & the Lord’s instruction to us in avoiding apostasy.



Jude 1:8-10

Jul 22nd, 2017 | By
bspi071717

God holds false teachers accountable, and in today’s study, Dr. Eckman discusses characteristics of a false teacher.



What to do about North Korea?

Jul 22nd, 2017 | By
iipi20170722

North Korea recently launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, a vivid demonstration of its potential nuclear reach. The missile traveled only 580 miles, but in doing so it traveled 1,700 miles into space and re-entered the atmosphere before crashing into the Sea of Japan. If you flatten this out, such a missile could reach Alaska. This frightening reality means that North Korea is on the verge of reaching a capability to attack the homeland of the United States with nuclear missiles.



Jude 1:3-7

Jul 20th, 2017 | By
The Sermon on the Mount
Carl Bloch, 1890

Jude warns readers those of perverting the grace of God, and of those distorting the teaching of Jesus. We are encouraged to have clarity on who Jesus is & to recognize His grace.



The Coming Dystopia: Technology and Human Obsolescence

Jul 15th, 2017 | By
iipi071517

This summer I have read two books which present an overview of humanity that is both enlightening and shocking. Written by Yuval Noah Harari, whose Ph.D. is from Oxford and who now teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the books have profoundly affected me: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015) and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2017). Harari combines insights from genetics, anthropology, cultural studies, as well as social and epistemological history in his two books. In his first book Harari argues for three broad “revolutions” in the history of humankind: . . . Harari’s second book looks to the future and Harari sees basically a dystopian future, which is what I am most interested in for this Perspective.