Everything listed under: Contemporary Issues

  • Is Fasting for Today?

    Is Fasting for Today?IntroductionThe subject of spiritual disciplines comes and goes as a popular topic for Christian authors and teachers. When in vogue, most listings of spiritual disciplines include fasting as one of the desired if not essential practices. Whether in a corporate setting, be it church wide or national, or for individuals, fasting is often touted as a gateway to God’s blessing, a key to determining courses of actions, or a hallmark of spiritual sensitivity and intimacy wi...

  • Dying Well

    Dying WellOver the years I have watched scores of people die. Some died shrieking in terror; seemingly driven to insanity. Others seemed to die with a smiling countenance.

  • Jonah and the Fish

    Jonah's Whale?Hi …, …I told you I’d give you my answer to the “Jonah and with whale” question you fielded .… The account is found in the book of Jonah 1:12 - 2:10. Jesus also refers to the same event as recorded in Matthew 12:38-41. Some thoughts:1.

  • Build the Boat! Hebrews 11:7

    Walking with the GiantsThe Faith of NoahHebrews 11:7Setting the Stage for Hebrews 11Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians by an unknown author who apparently wrote with the intent to affirm the superiority of Jesus Christ and to encourage believers in their faith. Consequently, we may simply divide the book into two sections:The superiority of Christ 1:1-10:18. Christ is superlatively compared to angels and the Mosaic law. The salvation provided by Christ is central to the discussion.

  • Distinctly Christian? 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

    Distinctly Christian?NAU  2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND...

  • Engaging the Atheist in the Neighborhood

     Definition of atheismThe term is simply “no god”. Atheism can mean a lack of belief in a particular god or the belief that there is no god. Further, some atheists are non-theists while others are anti-theists.Common characteristics of atheismPopular atheism has become more and more aggressively militant in recent years.

  • Life is a Vapor James 4:13-17

    The Fleeting Nature of LifeJames 4:13-17 Introduction One day, in answer to a question about wealth from someone in the crowd, Jesus replied with a sobering parable. It is recorded in Luke 12:16-21: NAU” …The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 "And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' 18 "Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain a...