Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Prophet about the Family

Mar 28th, 2015 | By

Fifty years ago (1965), Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist, Assistant Secretary of Labor, and later one of the most important U.S. Senators of the 20th century, wrote a controversial but prescient report on the importance of the family for African-American children: The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (aka the Moynihan Report). It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Mar 26th, 2015 | By

Paul gives instructions on Sanctification – conforming one’s life to the image of Christ. It is God’s will for our lives to be sanctified, and we are encouraged to develop a strategy for avoiding sin & being Holy.

America: The Secular, Postmodern, Post-Christian Triumph

Mar 21st, 2015 | By

Genuine, biblical Christianity is colliding with an increasingly militant secularism in western civilization. In fact, western secularism is uncomfortable with religious convictions of any kind. Christianity has always been an integral part of western civilization?but no longer. Hence, secularists tend to lump together Christianity, Islam (in all its varieties), Judaism?indeed all faiths that claim something absolute. Several bizarre developments illustrate this trend toward militant secularism, which dismisses all religious convictions

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Mar 19th, 2015 | By

Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians, and Timothy brought back word of the persecution they were undergoing, and of their steadfastness in the midst of it. We are encouraged in our lives today to grow in our dependence & trust in God, and live holy lives pleasing to Him.

Negotiating with Iran: Two Competing Visions

Mar 16th, 2015 | By

Two visions for the Middle East?s future are colliding, and the vital center of that collision is Iran. President Obama assumes that the current Iranian regime will choose GDP over ideology. History tells us that the West has assumed that past rogue regimes would choose national interest over ideology and religion?that ?prudent calculation and statecraft would trump megalomania? (per columnist David Brooks). This was the assumption before the summer of 1914, when World War I began. The West assumed the same with Adolf Hitler between 1936 and 1939. Currently, this is the assumption with ISIS and with the growing tension between the Sunni and Shiite extremists active in the Middle East.

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

Mar 12th, 2015 | By

Dr. Eckman discusses Paul’s teachings on the differences of hearing, receiving, and accepting the Word of God, and learning to see others & the world around us through God’s perspective.

ISIS: An Islamic Armageddon

Mar 7th, 2015 | By

Seemingly, out of nowhere, last June, the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS or sometimes called ISIL) seized Mosul, Iraq and has gained more territory in Iraq and Syria since then, comprising an area now larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been the leader of ISIS since May 2010. He regards himself as the caliph of Islam and his movement is energized by a deeply-rooted Islamic theology. ISIS is not a group of thugs who simply use Islam to justify their actions. ISIS is an intensely important expression of Islam and it can be only understood if examined from that perspective.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Mar 5th, 2015 | By

Dr. Eckman leads this discussion involving Paul’s defense of his motive & his ministry to the Thessalonians. These passages encourage us to examine our lifestyle & behaviors, to be sure they are honoring to God.