Pathway Perspectives

The articles below were written by Dr. Larry Ashlock for the Center's monthly newsletter. Each article addresses a current moral issue, identifies the underlying problems, and offers a way forward for Christians. (To sign up to receive the monthly newsletter in your email inbox, click here.)
The True Source of Intelligence
September 9th, 2022
“To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instructions in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth”Proverbs 1-4, ESV A curious phenomenon occurred recently when I was shopping at a Walmart big-box store. Those locations have quite a reputation for odd dress and behavior, so nothing I ...
Prayer: A Pathway to True and Lasting Climate Change
September 9th, 2022
"And the Lord turned to him and said, 'Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do I not send you?'"Judges 6:13-14, ESV Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm with winds in excess of 180 mph, slammed into the Bahamas in 2019 and left inestimable damage in its wake. Property loss ranked in the billions of dollars and seventy-four people perished in the storm. More than two h...
God Preserve Our Children by Saving Our Homes
September 9th, 2022
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you."Proverbs 3:1, ESV The horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has caused our nation, and the world, to convulse, yet again, with wave upon wave of grief. There have been fourteen mass school shootings and 169 killed in the United States since the 1999...
Christ's Bread for the World
May 25th, 2022
"And in this matter . . . who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have."2 Corinthians 8:10-11, ESV “They need not go away; you give them something to eat” were instructions that Jesus gave to his disciples prior to the feeding of the five t...
Tend my Sheep: Caring for Those Who Suffer Moral Injury
May 25th, 2022
The Psalmist wrote, “I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart” (Psalm 38:8, ESV). His longstanding sickness left him isolated from family and friends and feeling as though he had been abandoned by God! His journey through illness led him to consider his spiritual well-being. Many of us will know the feeling of abandonment that such an experience with lengthy illness will ...
An Adagio for Peace
May 25th, 2022
Vedran Smailovich was the foremost cellist for the Sarajevo Opera when the siege of Sarajevo began in 1992. Bosnian Serb forces shelled the capital city and snipers targeted citizens. The siege lasted nearly four years. On May 27, 1992, an artillery shell exploded in front of a bakery where people were lined up to buy bread. Twenty-two innocent citizens were killed, and more than 100 others were s...
Back to the Future
May 25th, 2022
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”Isaiah 43:2-3a, ESV Introduction "The life of a Christian is wondrously ruled in this world, by the consideration and meditati...
Flourishing Inside the Global Fence
May 25th, 2022
The XIT Ranch in Texas, established in 1885, was once the largest ranch in the world enclosed by fences. Its barbed wire surrounded more than 3 million acres. Amazingly, one fence line ran 150 miles without a turn! That huge enclosure provided grazing land for enormous herds of cattle and presented equally as large challenges.The ranch’s size required cowboys to travel long distances to protect th...