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Humanity In Space: The Next Fifty Years

Aug 17th, 2019 | By

In last week’s Issues in Perspective, I explored the topic of thinking biblically about space exploration. Human beings are the only creatures created in God’s image. Among other things, that means humans represent God. We are God’s dominion stewards over His world (see Genesis 1:26ff). We have been given the authority to rule over it, to explore it, and use it as good stewards. But, given this dominion authority, human sin remains the essential challenge.



Hebrews 12:6-16

Aug 15th, 2019 | By

Lessons from Hebrews on the reasons and rationale when God’s disciplines His children.



Hebrews 11:16-12:6

Aug 13th, 2019 | By

Continued discussion of Old Testament examples of faith & perseverance, and how we can apply this today.



Thinking Biblically About Space Exploration

Aug 10th, 2019 | By

This summer we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon (20 July 1969). Those of us who are older can remember what we were doing that day in July fifty years ago. It was a monumental achievement of American technology, drive and perseverance. The Apollo space program harnessed nearly everything that was unique about American civilization to realize one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But it was also wrapped around the realities of the Cold War.



Hebrews 11:1-16

Aug 9th, 2019 | By

Discussion and examples of Old Testament saints who exhibited faith and perseverance.



Facing The Reality Of Anti-Semitism’s Resurgence

Aug 3rd, 2019 | By

That anti-Semitism is in resurgence is a well-documented fact. The cause of this resurgence is not as clear. In this Perspective I seek to document the rather frightening evidence of growing anti-Semitism and then speculate on its causes and why this is an important issue for us as Christians.



Finding Theological Clarity Within The Immigration Debate

Jul 27th, 2019 | By

The current American immigration crisis is exacerbated by the two extremes that dominate the debate. The Democratic side often stresses repudiating the entire immigration structure, including detention camps, the deportation of non-criminal aliens, and “decriminalizing illegal entry and extending benefits to undocumented immigrants.” On the other extreme are those Republicans who deny that there is a crisis. The US has no responsibility to maintain humane conditions in the detention camps, especially for children. The migrant camp conditions are not inhumane and there is no moral responsibility to keep “vulnerable people, children above all, in the most humane conditions possible when their detention is required”



Hebrews 10:26-11:1

Jul 26th, 2019 | By

Discussing the 4th warning passage to believers in the Book of Hebrews: the peril of rejecting Christ’s sacrifice.



Legal And Cultural Confusion: Individual Rights And Intolerance

Jul 20th, 2019 | By

The American experiment in democracy is wrapped around precious terms such as rights and liberties: The freedom of expression; the free exercise of religion; due process rights such as legal representation; and, because of the diversity of America, principled pluralism. It is my argument that all of these freedoms are under siege. Each is being challenged by a Postmodern culture that values attaining individual autonomy through outright coercion and enforcing ideological intolerance in the name of selective exclusivity. Such developments are altering the American experiment—for the worse.



The Growing Surge Of Interest In The Occult

Jul 13th, 2019 | By

God’s Word identifies a false kingdom, the kingdom of darkness, ruled over by Satan (meaning “adversary”), which parallels and challenges God’s kingdom. It is a kingdom with false philosophies (Colossians 2:8), false religions (1 Corinthians 10:19-20), false ministers (2 Corinthians 11:14-15), false doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:10) and false Christs (1 John 2:18, 4:3). Satan is therefore leading a rebellion against God. The salient issue in this rebellion is who has the right to rule the universe—God or him? Apparently, one-third of the angelic host joined Satan is his rebellion. Humanity has also joined this rebellion (see Genesis 3) and, before we trust Christ, we are citizens of Satan’s kingdom.