Christian Ethics

Should we engage in germ line genetic engineering to put an end to inheritable genetic disease? Is it ever okay to use hormones and/or gender reassignment surgery? Does obedience to the command “Be fruitful and multiply”? (Gen. 1:28) justify using a surrogacy? Is capital punishment contrary to the gospel? Can the divorced ever serve in the church, or remarry? Can violence ever be justified in the name of peace? What…

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DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ALL PEOPLES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?

By Dr. Kenneth Cuffey A common quandary for believers is to know what God felt about the rest of the world while he dealt with Israel in the Old Testament.  He seemed to focus on the descendants of Abraham until the New Testament, right?  As a Gentile, I want to know . . .  what did God feel about the rest of us back at the start?  Was reaching the…

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Ancient China and the Old Testament?

By Lawson Lau Long before the concept of freedom of speech made its way into the consciousness of the Western world, China practiced it during the Golden Age of Chinese Thought (770-221 B.C.). In the centuries-long ferment of contrasting viewpoints, Chinese philosophers or thinkers maintained that humans are born good and are perfectible (Confucius & Mencius); humans are born evil, wicked, greedy, lustful (Hsun Tzu & Han Fei Tzu); and…

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Reading and Praying Scripture for Spiritual Transformation (Lectio Divina)

By Dr. Peter Spychalla The religious poet, a worshipper of Israel’s God, YHWH, exclaimed, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Psalm 119:97). Biblical authors commend, through command and example, sustained reflection on God, His character, His works, His ways, His plans, and His instruction as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and upon truth and wisdom discerned in human life and from the world…

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Children’s Bible Storybooks: Why Do they Matter?

By Dr. Melody Green The Babylon Bee, a satirical online website focusing on contemporary Christian culture, recently ran an article titled “Banned from Playing Violent Video Games, Local Kid Settles for Reading Old Testament.”  It explains that when a boy’s parents banned his video games on the grounds that they were too violent, he discovered stories in the Old Testament that were every bit as satisfyingly brutal. What makes this…

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