christianity

Religious origins of the gay rights movement

By |July 26th, 2015|

(By Phil Mitchell, CCU Faculty) Many of my conservative friends are wondering how the gay rights movement won the court battles—and probably the battle for public opinion—all so quickly.  To understand this one must examine […]

Easter is proof of heaven

By |April 4th, 2015|

While Easter TV movies and films always seem to focus on the blood-drenched agony of Christ’s lashing, torture and horrific crucifixion, the real story of Easter is the rest of the story — the part we don’t see. It’s reunion with God. The whole purpose of God coming down to earth […]

Is Barack Obama a Christian and what difference does it make?

By |March 18th, 2015|

Over half (54 percent) of Republicans, 26 percent of independents, and 10 percent of Democrats, when asked in a recent poll which religion describes President Obama’s “deep down” beliefs, said he is Muslim. The poll was conducted in October 2014, by Alex Theodoridis of the University of California at Merced and released in February. Choices included Muslim, Christian, atheist, spiritual, or “I don’t know.” While 45 percent of Democrats said Obama is Christian, his stated belief, only 18 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans agreed. Many also responded “don’t know” – i.e., 47 percent of independents, 26 percent of Democrats, and 19 percent of Republicans. […]

From pagan to sacred and back again

By |March 5th, 2015|

For many years I have heard the reference that the United States is like modern day Rome – both in its glorious
achievements and also in its potential downfall. While Rome had many issues that affected its eventual demise,
the underlying one was moral decay. Some would argue that morality may also be at the center of whether or not
the United States will continue to achieve and prosper as a nation. I would argue that it is not just the United
States that will hinge on the morality issue. Indeed, across the globe, the myriad of concerns that we read, hear
and see on the news and social media, are mostly rooted in issues of morality. In some respects, while the globe
has progressed on many fronts since the Roman Era, in other ways, the world seems to be backsliding into a
previous time when pagan societies engaged in morally questionable and societally destructive practices. As we
scan the issues of the globe over many years, we seem to have spanned from pagan to sacred and back again. […]

The horror of human trafficking

By |February 8th, 2015|

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. But as the month winds down, and the fight against human trafficking carries on, how aware are we and what does that awareness prompt us to do? For many the term human trafficking does not have a clear definition. For others, the definition may be clear, but how it applies may be uncertain. Still others either don’t understand why this issue is drawing such attention or are turned off by the topic because of its salience in certain circles. The purpose of this article is to guide us toward a shared understanding of what constitutes human trafficking, how it impacts society locally and globally, and how we as individuals can address this injustice. […]

A Christian response to militant Islam

By |January 11th, 2015|

The advance of militant Islam with all of the terror attacks around the world in our lifetimes is one of the major issues of our lives. From attacks on targets in Africa, India, Pakistan, England, and France to the attack on America on 9/11 and the rise of the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorism and war is a major world problem, and likely the greatest one. Between the presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama, America seems to be confused about how to think about the threat and how to handle the threat. As in all major issues, policies have to be based on the most important and enduring principles of truth. […]

Three bombshells, one bottom line

By |January 5th, 2015|

(’76 Contributor) Three times in my life I have discovered research whose conclusions were so earth-shattering to me that they were conceptual bombshells. Their conclusions are revolutionary or can be to those who can apply them. I just recently discovered number three but here is a summary of all three. […]

Barack Obama’s contradictory Christianity

By |December 24th, 2014|

Barack Obama has a strangely inconsistent view of Christianity. At the same time he scolds that Christian belief dictates we must not “oppress the stranger” if those strangers happen to be four or five million illegals who are new potential Democratic voters, his enforcer Attorney General Eric Holder oppresses The Little Sisters of the Poor into court. Obama’s administration thinks it’s more important to force this group of Catholic nuns to violate their religious beliefs by providing Obamacare abortion-inducing drugs than to allow them to help the elderly poor and dying unmolested by an autocratic government. […]

Why Christianity is exclusive and that’s good

By |December 7th, 2014|

Christians must embrace and defend the exclusive claims made by Jesus of Nazareth despite growing opposition in America from secularists, pluralists, universalists, and other religious worldviews, such as Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. There is growing cultural pressure in America from pluralists and universalists to assert that all go to heaven, all behaviors are acceptable, no one can judge, and social justice (equal outcomes for all) should be a societal goal. Excepting the reference to heaven, secularists are typically congruent with these goals. As the claims of Christ differ substantially from the pluralists, universalists, and secularists of our time, it is prudent to examine the dichotomy of preference and truth claims, the laws of logic, and what Jesus actually said in an effort to speak truth to the world, represent Him accurately, and honor Him faithfully in word and deed. […]

Economic freedom: What's the Bible say?

By |September 26th, 2014|

The Bible does not endorse American-style Capitalism, nor did the early church practice Communist central planning in the early chapters of Acts. You will not find Adam Smith prophetically foretold in the Scriptures, nor any allusion to Karl Marx. Republican Party economics is not a required part of Christianity. […]