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Is Abortion “God’s Work?”

May 27th, 2017 | By
iipi20170527

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
bspi20170526

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
iipi052017

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.



Exodus 23:1-33

May 19th, 2017 | By
iipi20170519

Exodus 23 concludes the laws given to Moses; The Lord shares His promise of completing the mercy He began, by sending an angel ahead into Canaan.



Handling Guilt, Identity and Sin in a Secularized Culture

May 13th, 2017 | By
iipi20170513

One of my favorite writers today is David Brooks, and his recent book, The Road to Character, has challenged me in many ways. In a related essay, among the many points Brooks makes is that “religious frameworks no longer organize public debate . . . We have words and emotional instincts about what feels right and wrong, but no settled criteria to help us think, argue and decide.”



Exodus 21:26-22:22

May 11th, 2017 | By
bspi20170511

Dr. Eckman leads continued discussion of God’s civil laws, as He sets up a system of justice, restitution, accountability, and equity.



What the War in Syria Has Exposed

May 6th, 2017 | By
iipi20170506

The Syrian Civil War is now in its 7th year and shows no signs of ending soon. In my opinion, this war has exposed the depths of human depravity like no other recent conflict. Allow me to defend this proposition.



Exodus 21:1-25

May 5th, 2017 | By
bspi20170505

Having given the Ten Commandments as His Moral law, the Lord then provides Civil laws to build a society based on justice, accountability, restitution, and equity.



The Entitlement Behemoth: Medicaid—The Other Medical Crisis

Apr 29th, 2017 | By
iipi20170428

During the recent failure of Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA; aka Obamacare) with a scaled down medical entitlement, few noticed one of the key elements of both the ACA and the revision proposed by the Republican Congress. That key element is Medicaid. Let me explain. Medicaid was created more than 50 years ago as a part of the Medicare program advocated by Lyndon B. Johnson and passed by the Congress in 1965. Medicaid was designed as a small program to cover poor people’s medical bills. But over these past five decades, Medicaid has surpassed Medicare in the number of Americans it covers, for it provides for the medical needs of one in five Americans (74 million people) from the womb to the grave. How has it grown into this bureaucratic behemoth?



Exodus 20:14-17

Apr 28th, 2017 | By
bspi20170428

The Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, & Tenth Commandments, as God lays down his framework on the sanctity of intimacy, material stewardship, truth, and motive.