Global Christian Perspectives – August 28, 2015

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Here are the topics. These may change any time up to the start of the show.


Immigration

Not just a US problem, and it is growing

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/22/migrants-hungary-border-fence-wall-serbia

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/europe-migration-crisis_55d63616e4b055a6dab37e64?kvcommref=mostpopular&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34028487

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-32912867

 

In the US, Conservative Columnist George Will attack Trump, but for many his article backfired as it showed the problem to be worse than many had thought.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-losing-immigration-policy/2015/08/21/b58a6d9e-4771-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.html
 

Stock Market troubles

Is this capitalism run amok, or government meddling backfiring.

 

 

 

News Segment:  30  mins

 

For the in-depth segment some from previous weeks.  Please pick one or suggest another.

 

Who is our neighbor?  

 

A large part of the reason for the immigration problems are economic problems, corrupt governments, instability and wars around the world. What is our responsibility to those who are suffering around the world?  Some background,

 

“Former President Clinton has said many times in the years since that not intervening in Rwanda is his greatest regret. In March of this year he told CNBC that he believes had the U.S. gone into Rwanda, even marginally, early on in the genocide at least a third of the hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered could have been saved.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/rwanda-and-what-bill-clinton-left-out-of-criticism-of-obama-on-syria/

 

Global Christian Perspectives – 08.21.15

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Teens Gone Wild

Being a teenage seems to be an increasing search for excitement. Often with tragic results.  While teenagers have always pushed the boundaries what does that mean in a society that has few boundaries?  Is this the same as in the past or do Teens have special challenges today? I will also be mentioning Kevin Brown’s book Rite of Passage.

http://ktla.com/2015/08/18/3rd-teen-dies-of-suspected-drug-overdose-at-california-music-festival/

Technology and Democracy

How Google could Rig the 2016 Election.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/how-google-could-rig-the-2016-election-121548.html#.VdcMNDZRH4Y

Does Islam have a problem?

Two more in a long line of disturbing stories.

You might want to read Deuteronomy 21:18–21

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/middleeast/isis-enshrines-a-theology-of-rape.html

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/man-leaves-20-year-old-daughter-to-drown-at-dubai-beach-rather-than-allow-rescuers

 

In-Depth Segment: 30 mins

Multiculturalism. 

A common theme of multiculturalism is that all cultures are valuable and not is better than the others. Is this true.  Can we as Christians embrace this?   – BTW I would say of course not because of stories like those above.

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Global Christian Perspectives – August 14, 2015

There are two ways to view this event live: Google+ Event Page, and YouTube (embedded below).

What is the difference? You must view via Google+ to post questions and comments via the Q&A app. If you’re viewing the event recorded, then Google+ allows you to see audience questions and go directly to the places where they are answered.

Proposed Topics

(These are subject to change based on changing events in the news.)

Ferguson and Social Justice

With the new problems in Ferguson, this for me highlight one of the key problems social Justice, as it puts the agenda ahead of the truth.

Not required but if you want to know my views, you can check out three posts I did on this.

http://hushbeck.com/blog/2014/08/ferguson-justice-vs-social-justice/

http://hushbeck.com/blog/2014/11/ferguson-and-the-dark-side-of-social-justice/

http://hushbeck.com/blog/2014/12/responding-to-david-wilson-on-christians-ferguson-and-the-issue-of-race/

Illegal Immigration

There remain several immigration stories.  As Christians what is our duty and responsibility here?

Again not required but you might want to check out

http://hushbeck.com/blog/2011/09/no-go/

For the in-depth segment same as last week plus one new one (#3).

  • In a video over at Prager University’s Prager opens with the often used metaphor of evil and darkness.  He claims that is wrong, and that actually evil is bright, so bright that we do not want to look at it, and thus we find it much easier to simply down play it or even ignore it. While he applies this to the danger of Iran, it could just as easily be applied to a whole range of issues.   Given the current focus of “God is Love” and the focus on positive uplifting messages, how do we deal with the fact that evil does exist? How do we face it.

Global Christian Perspectives – August 7, 2015

Here are the topics that were discussed:

a)            Anniversary of Hiroshima.

Thursday was the 70th anniversary of dropping the bomb on Hiroshima, Sunday will be the anniversary of dropping the bomb on Nagasaki.

As there is a whole range of angles.   Should the bomb have been dropped; the generational divide on this question; how we view history; how we judge those in the past, just to name a few, we could probably spend the entire show on this, but will try to sum it up in 10 mins.

b)       Protecting the environment vs impacting people

Even if we grant that Climate change is a real problem (I do not accept it, but that is not the point here.), and ignore any potential Constitutional issues in the new EPA rules, this is still a problem. These Regulations will cause significant harm, particularly to the poor who can least afford it, and yet will only affect the temperature by 1/100 of a degree.

http://www.examiner.com/article/epa-head-we-don-t-need-to-justify-our-regulations-with-data

In-Depth Segment: 30 mins

The future of Western Christianity

We will start with Chris’ blog, (So I will be starting by asking Chris to sum up his post) and we will take this into a general discussion of the future of Christianity in the West.

http://eyrelines.energion.net/?p=784