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Does Sin Affect the Human Ability to Think Clearly?

Jun 24th, 2017 | By

In 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, the Apostle Paul makes an astonishing argument about the Holy Spirit’s role in enabling the Christian to think, reason and embrace truth. He contrasts the “wisdom” of the world with the “wisdom” of God. God’s wisdom is revealed, and human wisdom without God leads to foolishness and the defiant rejection of God’s wisdom. But when we have the Holy Spirit, this changes. Paul utilizes a logical argument:



The Six-Day War: 50 Years Later

Jun 17th, 2017 | By

The 50th anniversary of the famous Six-Day War of 1967 is upon us. With it are coming the normal cries and accusations against Israel for its “occupation” of Palestinian land. For much of the world, Israel remains a nation unforgiven for its occupation and its refusal to seriously negotiate with the Palestinians. The BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement against Israel is popular on American college campuses, if nowhere else. . . Let’s do a quick review of what actually happened 50 years ago and in the subsequent decades:



Exodus 33:12-34

Jun 15th, 2017 | By

In this final study of Exodus, Moses draws closer to the Lord & meets with him on the mountain, as He renews his Covenant with the people.



Is Donald Trump “Our Dream President?”

Jun 10th, 2017 | By

President Trump delivered the Commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia this year. This is the institution founded by Jerry Falwell, founder also of the Moral Majority and other organizations in the late 20th century. Falwell epitomized the attempt by evangelicals to influence the direction of Republican Party politics in 1980s and 1990s. In many ways, he also symbolized what became known as the “Religious Right” in those decades. His son, Jerry Falwell, Jr., is now Liberty University’s president. In introducing President Trump a few weeks ago, the young Falwell called him “our dream president.”



Exodus 32:1-33:11

Jun 8th, 2017 | By

Moses demonstrates maturity & leadership as he handles the pagan Golden Calf incident; he also shows intimacy in his conversations with God – the same intimacy that each of us can have with the Lord today.



Understanding Globalism and the American Economy

Jun 5th, 2017 | By

As I have argued in previous editions of Issues in Perspective, one of the major debates occurring within the American political culture and which is also an aspect of international affairs is globalism vs. economic nationalism. The appeal of economic nationalism over globalism explains the electoral victory of Donald Trump and, to some extent, the Brexit phenomenon. But as with so many things, there is a need for balance and clear thinking in this debate.



Exodus 25:1-31:18

Jun 2nd, 2017 | By

God gives a picture of the Tabernacle, starting from the inside out (or, from the presence of God to the outside where man is allowed).



Is Abortion “God’s Work?”

May 27th, 2017 | By

In a recent editorial in the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof gave focus to Dr. Willie Parker, who operates an abortion clinic. Parker has written his autobiography, entitled Life’s Work, in which he claims, “I believe that as an abortion provider, I am doing God’s work. I am protecting women’s rights, their human right to decide their futures for themselves, and to live their lives as they see fit.” Dr. Parker is an African-American Christian and an OB-GYN doctor who practices medicine in the South. Both Parker’s memoir and Kristof’s editorial make two claims: That only recently have evangelical Christians come to oppose abortion and that historically Christianity has not opposed abortion. Are these claims true?



Exodus 24:1-18

May 26th, 2017 | By

Chapter 24 shares how Moses was called up the mountain, where the glory of the Lord would appear to him; In-depth discussion of the principles, values, & strategies of ancient Israel that are just as important today.



Globalism and the Upending of American Politics

May 20th, 2017 | By

Republicans responded to the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama with a visceral disdain and hatred for these two presidents. American evangelicals joined enthusiastically in such responses. Now Democrats are responding in almost identical ways to Donald Trump. As hardened as American conservatives were toward Clinton and Obama, now the American left is equally as hardened toward Trump.