Christian Life

The Spirituality of Oprah Winfrey

Jun 4th, 2011 | By
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Oprah Winfrey is leaving her regular TV program and founding a new TV network, which will expand even further her influence on American culture in the early 21st century. She just finished 25 years of syndicated “pastoral work” (a total of 4,561 shows) serving her own “congregation” of true believers throughout America. Joanne Kaufman aptly summarizes this last program: “Oprah’s final show made it difficult to avoid ecclesiastical comparisons.



The Pernicious Nature of Gambling

May 14th, 2011 | By
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Over the last twenty years, the growth of the gambling industry has been staggering. Increasingly, more and more states are legalizing all forms of gambling. It is on several Indian reservations and the respective states are now utterly dependent on revenue from some form of gambling. The gambling industry is a huge, worldwide business. According to The Economist, in 2009, the total revenue from gambling worldwide was $335 billion. That percentage total breaks down as follows…



Mother’s Day 2011

May 7th, 2011 | By
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This weekend (8 May) we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. A recent article details the changing face of motherhood in the US. A summary of the findings:



Nineteenth-Century Theological Liberalism And Modern Evangelicalism

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By
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The four academic degrees that I have earned are in history and historical theology. Therefore, the historical perspective is quite important to me. In this Perspective, I seek to give an important historical perspective to the origin and development of 19th-century theological liberalism. When I am finished, I will make application to what is occurring within certain parts of current American evangelicalism.



The Faith of Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln

Apr 8th, 2011 | By
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Jefferson was a child of the European Enlightenment and was certainly one of its more passionate advocates. Jefferson adopted the antisupernaturalism of the Enlightenment and used that bias when he reached his conclusions about Jesus. He revered Jesus as “the first of human Sages” and regarded His ethical system articulated in the Sermon on the Mount as superior to all others. Lincoln was born into a Baptist family and his early life was surrounded by Baptist leanings. However, what evidence there is about his faith indicates that he was deistic in his thinking…



Truth and Oprah Winfrey

Apr 1st, 2011 | By
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Probably one of the most influential women in America today is Oprah Winfrey. The Oprah Winfrey Show is now history but she has founded her own network and her influence will hardly diminish.



Marvin Olasky On Glenn Beck

Mar 25th, 2011 | By
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Marvin Olasky was at one point a radical leftist history professor and an advocate of the communist worldview. But he trusted Christ a number of years ago and is now the editor of World magazine. Olasky recently appeared on Glenn Beck’s TV program. Beck is one of the media stars on the late afternoon Fox TV lineup. I believe the substance of that interview needs to be summarized. In effect, I will quote verbatim from Olasky’s account of his time with Glenn Beck. Beck introduced Olasky as “a former Communist. Now he believes man can rule himself.” Olasky comments: “Not exactly, on the last part: I said, ‘We are people created to worship in some way. If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship the human gods created by people . . .’”



Jesus: The Son Of God

Mar 18th, 2011 | By
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One of the key themes of biblical Christianity is the importance of sound doctrine. The Apostle Paul uses this phrase especially in the Pastoral Epistles. The term “sound” actually means healthy and, from Paul, we learn that sound doctrine is the key to godly living and to spiritual health. It is therefore quite significant to focus on the importance of sound doctrine in this postmodern world. And in this global village, building bridges to Islam is necessary. But how do we do that without compromising the sound doctrine of the Bible, particularly as it relates to Jesus Christ? In the Perspective, I seek to probe this very issue.



Is There A Hell?

Mar 18th, 2011 | By
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There is quite a stir going on right now about the anticipated publication of Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. It is scheduled for release on Tuesday, 29 March 2011.



The Pre-Adult Male: Listless And Confused

Mar 5th, 2011 | By
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One of my favorite authors is Kay M. Hymowitz. Her written works have helped me in developing one of the major themes of Issues in Perspective—an analysis of cultural trends, especially the growing confusion of young men in American culture. She uses the term “pre-adult” to define a new cultural development or even a new stage in human development between the teen years and adulthood. [Other sociologists, such as Christian Smith, have called this stage, emerging adulthood.] Here are some of Hymowitz’s observations about pre-adulthood, based on her new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has turned Men into Boys.