A Religious Right To Abortion?

Dec 30th, 2023 | By

The ethical case against abortion rests on the proposition that life begins at conception—and that killing a baby in the womb is ethically wrong. The life of the baby in the womb is as valuable in the eyes of God as that of the mother. However, since the 1970s, abortion has been defended on the grounds of privacy and bodily autonomy: “my body, my choice.” The legal and philosophical debates that culminated in Roe v. Wade (1973) considered abortion in terms of competing rights: the woman’s right to control her body against the baby’s right not to be killed.

1 Samuel 22:6-24:22

Dec 29th, 2023 | By

After Saul kills the priests at Nob, David’s contrite heart results in a growing dependence on God and profound lesson in leadership.

What If It’s True?

Dec 23rd, 2023 | By

We live in a world where one of the few constants in life is change. I recently read media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. It captures quite effectively the unsettledness and disorientation many feel in our postmodern, post-Christian, media-saturated culture. Rushkoff’s analysis is brilliant, but he offers few solutions and little comfort in a world of religious skepticism, moral/cultural progressivism and animosity toward traditional values and religious convictions.

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15

Dec 22nd, 2023 | By

God continues His work of shaping David’s character and deepening his faith.

Is America Libertarian Or Libertine?

Dec 16th, 2023 | By

I have come to appreciate David French, a columnist for the New York Times and an evangelical Christian. Writing in one of the most liberal newspapers in America, his voice is surprisingly refreshing and wise. Recently, he wrote a column highlighting the difference between a libertarian and a libertine.

1 Samuel 17:41-19:24

Dec 15th, 2023 | By

Saul develops a hatred of David, tries to kill him directly and indirectly and is consumed by jealousy, fear and delusional paranoia.

The Bankruptcy Of Isolationism: A Call To Common Sense

Dec 9th, 2023 | By

Former Republican senator from Missouri, John Danforth, recently wrote, “Since the end of World War II, Republicans have stood firm against Russian designs in Europe. Now, populists have injected an isolationist element into the party.” The Economist also observed that “in place of a foreign policy that saw America as a protector of freedom and democracy is a new doctrine of America First that shuns allies (barring Israel) and would give up on the Ukrainians fighting off a Russian invasion even when no American soldiers are at risk . . . Although [Ronald] Reagan remains beatified within the party, the institutions he was aligned with have changed.” The party now stands for protectionism, isolationism and nativism.

1 Samuel 16:14-17:47

Dec 8th, 2023 | By

David, anointed to be the next king of Israel, plays music in Saul’s court, soothing his spirit, and declares Goliath the enemy of the true God of Israel.

The United States Vs. Iran: An Inevitable Confrontation?

Dec 2nd, 2023 | By

Even a cursory study of history indicates that the central goal of geopolitics is maintaining a balance of power in the world. This was true in the ancient world with a balance between Egypt and the various Mesopotamian powers. It was true in the Napoleonic era when Napoleon sought dictatorial control over Europe, only to be defeated and a new balance established at the 1815 Congress of Vienna. Both World War I and World War II saw Germany destroy the fragile balance of power in Europe. Post World War II saw a perilous balance of power maintained between the United States and the Soviet Union. Today the balance of power in the world is shattered and, in 2023, only the United States can restore this much-needed balance.

1 Samuel 15:22-16:13

Dec 1st, 2023 | By

The LORD rejects Saul as King and David is anointed as king, with the Spirit annoying him as well for service.