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Israel And Iran: Once Friends, Now Enemeies

Jul 20th, 2024 | By

In April of 2024, Iran launched a series of unprecedented drone and missile strikes against Israel, raising the specter of a war that could incinerate large parts of the Middle East, collapse the global economy and eventually involve the United States and other major powers. For now both Israel and Iran have avoided further escalation but no one really believes that this will last. Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speculates that “As long as Iran is ruled by an Islamist government that puts its revolutionary ideology before the national interest, the two countries will never know peace, and the Middle East will never know meaningful stability.”

1 John 5:1-9

Jul 19th, 2024 | By

John reviews the content of the Christian faith and the testimonies to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah.

Thinking About Climate As A Christian

Jul 13th, 2024 | By

Because God is the Creator, He owns everything (see Psalm 50:10-12). And, as the Sovereign Creator and Owner, He gives us all things that are a part of life, trusts us with them and expects us to manage all things well. He is the owner; we are His stewards. A biblical view of stewardship, therefore, centers on utilizing and managing all the resources God provides for His glory and the betterment of His creation; it is managing everything He brings into our lives in a manner that honors Him.

1 John 4:7-21

Jul 12th, 2024 | By

“God is love”–the implications and obligations that go with that proposition are John’s emphasis.

US Leadership And The Harsh Realities Of The Wars In Ukraine And Gaza

Jul 6th, 2024 | By

We live in troubling times. The Western world is under severe pressure, facing challenges from Russia, Iran and China. And the leader of the Western world is faltering in its leadership. The confusion, disorder and unsettledness currently dominating American politics are causing other western allies to doubt the reliability of the US in its obligations as an ally. The two current candidates for president do not yield any degree of confidence or certainty about this reliability: One candidate is an America-first isolationist and the other lacks the decisive courage to lead the Western world. Our enemies know this and relish the continued decline, as they perceive it, of the West. For them the future belongs to the axis of evil centered in Russia, Iran and China, not the West.

1 John 4:1-12

Jul 5th, 2024 | By

Discerning truth from error begins with how one views Jesus and the command to love one another is rooted in God’s very being, for God is love.

The Politics Of Fear And American Evangelicalism

Jun 29th, 2024 | By

In April 1976 Christianity Today declared, “Christians in particular ought to be concerned about the ethical and religious convictions of those who aspire to the presidency. The basis upon which a leader makes his decisions is more important than what side he takes in current transient controversies.” Furthermore, in the midst of the late-1990s Clinton scandal, a group of evangelical Christian scholars issued a “Declaration Concerning Religion, Ethics and the Crisis in the Clinton Presidency

1 John 3:11-24

Jun 28th, 2024 | By

John contrasts Cain and Jesus on the matter of love and offers three major tests of assurance for the believer.

The Cultural Accommodation Of American Evangelicals

Jun 22nd, 2024 | By

Brad East, associate professor of theology at Abilene Christian University, makes this astute observation: “Something has happened in the last 25 years in American evangelicalism—what I believe to be a massive generational shift . . . I have in mind low-church Protestant traditions in the United States: churches centered on the Bible, evangelism, and personal faith in Jesus; often but not necessarily nondenominational, with moderate to minimal emphasis on sacraments, liturgy, and ecclesiastical authority; and marked by a revivalist style as well as conservative beliefs about sex, marriage, and other social issues.

1 John 3:1-10

Jun 21st, 2024 | By

John calls his readers to a life of purity and anchors the call in the promise of Jesus to return, when we shall be “like Him” and “see Him as He is”