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Genesis Patriarchs 13:14-15:21

Dec 31st, 2021 | By

As Abram rescues his nephew Lot, He receives a blessing from Melchizedek, a king and priest of God, after which God “cuts” the Covenant with Abram, a man of extraordinary faith.



Christmas: Themes Of Hallelujah And Worship

Dec 25th, 2021 | By

Sometime during the 2021 Christmas season, you have no doubt heard the reverberating words from George Friderich Handel’s imposing oratorio, Messiah. Written in just twenty-four days in 1741, Messiah has three distinct sections: part one, the “Christmas Story;” part two, “The Redemption Story”; and part three, “The Resurrection and Future Reign of Christ on Heaven and Earth.” Initially, Handel’s oratorio was performed more during the Easter holiday, but gradually it became associated with Christmas, such that today it is almost always performed sometime in December by community, church and college choirs throughout the nation.



Genesis Patriarchs 12:1-13:13

Dec 24th, 2021 | By

Beginning a new study, focusing on the Patriarchs in the book of Genesis: God makes a threefold promise to Abram, to which Abram responds with incredible faith and worship.



Identity And Indoctrination: “Wokeness” In American Civilization

Dec 18th, 2021 | By

The Bible affirms the value and worth of human life in all of its diversity. The Bible provides no basis for favoring or discriminating against any group of people on the basis of their backgrounds; rather, the Bible views all human beings as worthy of honor and respect, because all are created in the image of God. In God’s eyes, there is an essential unity of all human beings. Ephesians 3:1-10 makes clear that God’s purpose is for His church to become living examples of racial unity and harmony, welcoming and including people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds in full and equal fellowship in the body of Christ.



Mark 15:42-16:20

Dec 17th, 2021 | By

Jesus’ burial, His resurrection and the consequences of His ascension end this marvelous Gospel account of Jesus.



The New Normal In The Culture Of Death: Assisted Dying

Dec 11th, 2021 | By

The Economist, a conservative British publication (in the historic British “liberal” tradition of Edmund Burke and Walter Bagehot), first made the case for assisted dying in 2015. It argued that freedom should include the right to choose the manner and timing of one’s own death, while also cautioning that the practice should be carefully monitored and regulated to avoid abuses.



Mark 14:53-15:39

Dec 10th, 2021 | By

Jesus’ “trials” are followed by Him being mocked, scourged and crucified.



American Public Education: An Institution In Crisis

Dec 4th, 2021 | By

The Northwest Ordinance of 1785 and the subsequent Land Ordinance organized the territory the United States gained by the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. Among other things, these acts organized the territories into townships and set aside one section in each township for a public school. In the early decades of the new republic called the United States, it was understood that public schools would be a cooperative effort between the parents, the church and the school itself. Indeed, in these early decades well into the 19th century, schools were often held in the churches.



Mark 14:12-42

Dec 3rd, 2021 | By

As Jesus eats the Passover meal, He institutes the Lord’s Supper, foretells Peter’s denial and then goes to Gethsemane to pray to His Father, preparing for His arrest.



Antisemitism In America, 2021

Nov 27th, 2021 | By

In 2017, Yair Rosenberg, an American journalist and an authority on anti-Semitism, cogently summarized five myths about anti-Semitism. Anti-Jewish bigotry is alive and well in 2021—and it must be dealt with frankly and conclusively.