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Evangelical Politics and the Loss of Moral Authority

Dec 2nd, 2017 | By

The clear teaching of the Bible is that all humans are sinners and in need of God’s grace. Historically in the United States, evangelical Christians have agreed with these propositions and have faithfully proclaimed the Gospel. Consistently, evangelicals have been known as people who oppose “worldliness,” the tendency to adopt and condone the world’s assumptions and its worldview. By its nature, the Gospel is countercultural and evangelicals have adopted that lifestyle and perspective. But as evangelical Christian, William S. Brewbaker III, law professor at the University of Alabama, has so eloquently concluded, “Today’s evangelicals have mostly abandoned those limitations, but we seem especially blind to other kinds of worldliness. Evangelical politicians fall prey to the allure of money, sex and power at the same rates as just about everyone else . . .”



1 Peter 3:13-16

Nov 30th, 2017 | By

Peter teaches on the blessing of suffering for righteousness, and guides us on how to handle ourselves when others challenges our Faith.



The Brutal Legacy of 100 Years of Communism

Nov 25th, 2017 | By

On 7 November 1917 (25 October 1917 by the old Russian calendar) a group of ideological communists (called Bolsheviks) led an uprising that led to the Bolsheviks seizing power and establishing the first major communist government in history. During the years of the Soviet Union, this date was lavishly celebrated as The Great October Socialist Revolution. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of that totalitarian dictatorship, Russians have been confused about how to recognize this important date in their history. This year, 2017, one would expect there to be significant celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. But 7 November 2017 was merely recognized as “the revolution of 1917 in Russia.” No major celebrations or national events were scheduled.



1 Peter 3:8-12

Nov 22nd, 2017 | By

Dr. Eckman details more of the virtues of Righteousness, as part of Peter’s writings about Righteous Living.



The Enduring Importance of the Balfour Declaration

Nov 18th, 2017 | By

On 2 November 1917, a letter was delivered to the Jewish community of Great Britain by the British government committing His Majesties Government to the creation of a “national home” in Palestine for the Jewish people. This “declaration” changed the course of history. For that reason, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, attended a dinner in London on 2 November 2017 with Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, to celebrate the issuing of this letter 100 years ago. Lord Balfour, a descendant of the man who sent the letter, now called the Balfour Declaration, also attended. The Palestinians regard this Declaration as a “great betrayal” and Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Great Britain apologize for this Declaration, not celebrate it.



What Does It Mean to Be a Conservative in 2017?

Nov 11th, 2017 | By

Until quite recently, if someone mentioned “conservative” it was rather clear what that meant—generally a commitment to limited government, individual liberty, and free trade. In 2017 the meaning of “conservative” is no longer clear. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas recently wrote: “Last year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the American people elected as president someone with no high government experience—not a senator, not a congressman, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general. They did this, I believe, because they’ve lost faith in both the competence and the intentions of our governing class—of both parties! . . .”



1 Peter 3:7-9

Nov 10th, 2017 | By

Peter presents the obligations of Christian husbands, and calls readers to Righteous Living; Dr. Eckman leads discussion of the virtues of Righteousness.



Is Confucius the Answer to the Spiritual Void in Communist China?

Nov 4th, 2017 | By

Chinese President Xi Jinping is clearly the most powerful Chinese leader in 40 years. As I am writing this the Chinese Communist Party Congress is occurring and that body has enshrined President Xi and his writings into the Chinese Constitution. Only founder Mao Tse-tung had received such an honor. A major concern of President Xi, himself an ardent atheist, is the spiritual void caused by decades of official atheism along with China’s current headlong pursuit of wealth and prosperity.



1 Peter 3:1-7 (Part 2)

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By

Dr. Eckman continues on the Biblical roles of husbands & wives. Despite cultural opposition & much misunderstanding, God’s plan for marriage is as true & relevant as ever.



The Cultural Disorder of America’s “Fantasy-Industrial-Complex”

Oct 28th, 2017 | By

Few would disagree that American civilization is at a point of confusion, chaos and dysfunction. We are a polarized nation where it is virtually impossible to have reasoned discussions, healthy debates or exercise civility. The family as the center of our civilization is clearly in crisis. Our national government is thoroughly dysfunctional and is more divided than it has been in generations. The threats to our national security are real and there is no consensus on how to handle these real threats. Even the broad American evangelical church’s view of God is what Christian sociologist Christian Smith calls Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. . . How did we get into this mess?