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A Year of War (27-Dec-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Many column writers are taking a look back on 2002, applauding achievers and panning failures, rehashing the highs and the lows, and trying to gain some perspective on it all. ...
Celebrating a Lie (20-Dec-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The true story of Jesus' birth has been syncretized into a non-Christian festival, and even that has been obscured by a wrong date and a phony crèche scene.
Much Ado About Lott (13-Dec-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The media have been brimming with words over the latest political gaffe, this one by Senator Trent Lott, a Republican from Mississippi and presumed future Senate Majority Leader. ...
How Far Have We Really Come? (06-Dec-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We like to think of ourselves living in the most advanced civilization that has ever graced this fair planet. ...
Thanksgiving and Entropy (29-Nov-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
For those of us who are not scientists, the Second Law of Thermodynamics can be a brain bruiser. ...
The Shallowness of Pop Culture (22-Nov-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It never ceases to amaze. ...
Pharaoh's Magicians Return (15-Nov-02)
by David C. Grabbe
This past week, an article appeared in the London Daily Telegraph about a television production that the British Broadcasting Corporation will be airing next month. ...
What Does Election 2002 Mean for America? (08-Nov-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The debates are finished, the commercials are silent, the votes are cast, and all but the dust has settled on Election 2002. ...
Why We Do Not Vote (01-Nov-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In America, where the political process is hailed as free and democratic, it is considered somehow "un-American" not to vote whenever the polling stations open.
Connecting the Dots (25-Oct-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...Is this not a typical American reaction? Two men kill ten people and keep the nation terrorized for more than three weeks, and once police nab the murderers, we all sigh in relief and, with hardly another thought, go back to our comfortable lives. ...
Lessons from a Stiff Neck (18-Oct-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The imagery comes from the honor one would give someone of higher rank by bending the neck. A stiff neck is a refusal to give honor or deference to another.
The Peace Prize (11-Oct-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Today, the Nobel Foundation awarded its prestigious Peace Prize to former American President Jimmy Carter for his untiring efforts to promote peace and humanitarian goals throughout the world for more than three decades. ...
Absolute Power Corrupts (04-Oct-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Our national anthem ends with the line, "Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave??" It is a good question—not whether the flag still waves but whether it waves over a land of free citizens. ...
September 11 One Year On (11-Sep-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
An entire year has flashed by since four airplane crashes changed the way Americans behold the world. ...
Officially to Blame (06-Sep-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Perhaps the most certain and lasting consensus decision to come out of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is that America and Britain are officially to blame for every ill that plagues planet earth. ...
His Hand Against Every Man (30-Aug-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It has been interesting to observe the reaction of Western European governments and politicians to the saber rattling of the George W. ...
Everything Is Political (23-Aug-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Perhaps the most recognizable and lasting feature of the Clinton administration was its daily use of polls, focus groups, and other finger-in-the-wind means of gauging public opinion to position its policy. ...
Different Signs of the Times (16-Aug-02)
by David C. Grabbe
If the mainstream media is a bellwether, the earth is about to be invaded by beings from another planet—or it already has been. ...
Bugs and Beasts (09-Aug-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Behaviors have consequences. ...
Sign of the Times (02-Aug-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two sets of news stories intersect this week to reveal just how far America has declined from her heights of morality and greatness. ...
Drought and Fire (26-Jul-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A few weeks have passed since the wall-to-wall coverage of the devastating fires in Colorado and Arizona. ...
Freedom and Security? (19-Jul-02)
by David C. Grabbe
Is it possible for this nation to have full measures of both individual freedom and national security? Judging by the heat-speaking missives aimed at the government by the mainstream and alternative media in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, such a scenario is an obscure dream. ...
We Persuade Men (12-Jul-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In personal conduct, counsel, sermons, and articles, ministers must show and explain why God's way is true and will lead to eternal life in God's Kingdom.
The American Faith (05-Jul-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most people do not consider patriotism to be a kind of faith, a religion of sorts, but it has every possibility of being or becoming one, especially to those who have become disaffected with "traditional religion." ...
A Nation Under God? (28-Jun-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Without a doubt, the biggest story this week has been the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance make it unconstitutional. ...
A World Gone Mad (21-Jun-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The reader may recall the 1963 movie called It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in which a bunch of misfits alternatively race, ally with, and fight each other to find a buried treasure. ...
The Jewish Testament? (14-Jun-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Back in February, this column reacted to a statement made on the radio by a local preacher who said that what we do does not matter. ...
Cold Facts of Global Warming (07-Jun-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
That humanity causes global warming is a hoax. ...
Fading Freedoms (31-May-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that its agents will be given more latitude to conduct surveillance without providing reasonable proof of suspected wrongdoing. ...
Give It to Us Straight! (24-May-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Throughout a normal day, we are constantly reminded just how little we can trust what we hear or read. ...
Above the Fray (17-May-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The New Testament contains no calls to get involved in government to affect change in society. The change must be internal and individual, not a crusade.
Lesson Learned (10-May-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Yesterday evening, my son John learned an important life lesson, "courtesy" of our young Siberian Husky, Chocolate. ...
Semantics (03-May-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Have you ever been in a verbal squabble in which your opponent brought the conversation to a screeching halt with the accusation, "You're using semantics!"?
Deterrence (26-Apr-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
What is the biblical penalty for pedophilia? It is not found in the Bible, but the instructions concerning fornication and homosexuality give us guidance.
Blindness or Disregard? (19-Apr-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Last night, I viewed a disturbing video called War of Images. ...
The Solution? Character (12-Apr-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Every so often, I get a mild case of depression. ...
A Time for War (05-Apr-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God allowed ancient Israel to go war, and when Christ returns, His first act will be to wage war against the nations. When God-led, war can bring peace.
For Teens Too! (29-Mar-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Do you know of someone who has done everything perfectly? Conversely, do you know of someone whose whole life is one big mistake? Have you ever made mistakes—maybe a lot of them? We have all done stupid things in our lives. ...
Sick and Tired (22-Mar-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past week I have literally been sick and tired. ...
American Amnesia (15-Mar-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Americans have a memory problem—and always have. ...
Fast Food (08-Mar-02)
by David C. Grabbe
A number of recent articles have brought to light a disturbing new facet of schoolwork at both the high school and college levels. ...
Always on Call (01-Mar-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Let me say up front that I am not a phone person. ...
BC (Before Columbus) (22-Feb-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The March 2002 The Atlantic Monthly contains an interesting cover article by Charles C. ...
New and Improved? A PC Bible (15-Feb-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most readers will probably not be aware of the latest raging controversy over the Bible. ...
A Christian Nation? Reprise (08-Feb-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Several weeks ago, this column commented on the state of American "Christianity" ("A Christian Nation?", January 4, 2002). ...
Behavior Matters (01-Feb-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I listen to the radio in the mornings as I prepare for and drive to work. ...
Welfare and Christianity (24-Jan-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is beyond question that Christians should be compassionate toward the needy. We are to lend a hand to those who have stumbled. But how far does this go?
Deep Thinkers (18-Jan-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Christianity has the unfortunate reputation of being a religion for the simple. However, Paul says that by means of God's Spirit we have the mind of Christ.
Discounting the Bible (11-Jan-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I have a pet peeve: I hate it when people flatly discount the Bible. ...
A Christian Nation? (04-Jan-02)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As I drove home from work the other evening, I listened to the local talk-radio station, WBT. ...




 

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