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Surviving the Next Hit (29-Dec-06)
by David C. Grabbe
Dwight David Eisenhower once observed, "In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." ...
The Holy and the Profane (22-Dec-06)
by David C. Grabbe
Why is God so concerned that His people be careful with what He designates as holy and profane? Because these designations define His nature and His way of life.
Insinuating the Savior Into Paganism (15-Dec-06)
by David C. Grabbe
Despite the pagan origins of Christmas being well known, here is still defensiveness when anyone poses questions about the appropriateness of it all.
Business as Usual (08-Dec-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Columnist Robert Novak, perhaps best known these days for his involvement in revealing the identity of Valerie Plame (Wilson) as a CIA operative, has uncovered another fetid example of "business as usual" in the halls of Congress. ...
A Day of Inconvenient Truths (01-Dec-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Former presidential candidate and senator from Tennessee, Albert Gore, Jr., spent the first half of 2006 jet setting throughout the United States and Europe to tout his new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. ...
Sacred Cows (24-Nov-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Even though we live in a world deluged by knowledge--after all, our day is known as the "Information Age"--we often rely heavily on our preconceived ideas about many things. ...
What Is There to Be Thankful for Today? (17-Nov-06)
by John O. Reid
It is not unusual today for a member of God's church to feel ill at ease with the world around him. ...
What If ... ? (10-Nov-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Over the past year I have read three books by science fiction author Harry Turtledove. ...
A Polluted National Landscape (03-Nov-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Midterm elections will take place across America next Tuesday. ...
Sorry, I Forgot (27-Oct-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Many readers of this column know that Church of the Great God teaches that the Anglosphere (as columnist Mark Steyn phrases it)--Britain, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand--is composed of descendants of the biblical patriarch, Joseph. ...
The Farm (20-Oct-06)
by James Kelley
Growing numbers of people around the world are worried about the food supply—and they should be. ...
Apostasy and Faith (29-Sep-06)
by Martin G. Collins
In a secular sense, apostasy is abandoning one's political party, principles, or cause. Biblically, apostasy is rebellion against God or the abandonment of faith.
Our Hidden Enemy (22-Sep-06)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
One of our greatest enemies lurks within us, poised to bring disaster upon us if we allow it to take control. This devious enemy even hides its motives from itself.
'Dangerous' Speakers of Truth (15-Sep-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Just this Tuesday, speaking at Regensburg University in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted fourteenth-century Byzantine Emperor Manuel Paleologos II, a Christian: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached. ...
As a Man Thinks (08-Sep-06)
by Clyde Finklea
"You are what you eat" is a common expression, yet Jesus teaches that actually we are what we think. Even so, we are not always what we think we are.
Good Habits (01-Sep-06)
by David F. Maas
Have you ever tried to jump across the Mississippi River? I have done this several times. ...
A World Upside-Down (25-Aug-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God thunders in Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" In this verse, He pronounces a curse on those who judge a matter exactly opposite to reality, and its connection to the surrounding verses suggests that such people do this knowingly to deceive others. ...
Whence Comes Leadership? (18-Aug-06)
by David C. Grabbe
As the Western world continues to reel and lurch, tossed about by strong and conflicting forces, one cannot be in a conversation long before the well-worn topics of leadership and government arise. ...
Where Is Your Trust? (11-Aug-06)
by David C. Grabbe
We may not put our hope in a secret rapture, but could we be guilty of the same assumed-infallibility with regard to a place of safety? Is our hope in a telephone call announcing that it is time to flee? Is our trust in being on good terms with the physical organization that is "guaranteed" to be whisked away and protected from every inconvenience? ...
The Wars of Israel and Judah (04-Aug-06)
by David C. Grabbe
... The record of biblical history underscores the fact that, where God's people are concerned, military might is far less of a factor in the outcome of a war than morality. ...
The Importance of Parenting (28-Jul-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I enjoy reading the contributions of National Review Online writers posted at "The Corner. ...
What's in It for Us? (21-Jul-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
While in college, I took a yearlong course in International Relations under Gene Hogberg, news editor of The Plain Truth magazine. ...
Why We Homeschool (14-Jul-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Back in the early years of the homeschooling phenomenon, its advocates were largely tie-dyed, granola-munching, back-to-nature, hippie types whose primary goal was to disassociate from just about everything manmade, and certainly from Establishment institutions like the public schools. ...
Evaluating Culture (07-Jul-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In listening to a series of 48 lectures by University of California at Berkeley Professor Robert Greenberg titled "How to Listen to and Understand Great Music," I have come to a greater realization of the evolving tastes among consumers of Western music. ...
Are We Really Free? (30-Jun-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two hundred and thirty years ago next Tuesday, thirteen American colonies defied the most powerful nation on earth and declared themselves "free and independent States. ...
The Power of the Holy People (23-Jun-06)
by David C. Grabbe
Are the "holy people" in Daniel 12:7 actually the church of God? If so, what is the power of the church that is completely shattered right before the end?
Slowly But Surely? (16-Jun-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Common wisdom posits that given enough time, water runoff can reduce even the tallest mountain to countless grains of sand scattered over the ocean floor. ...
Crisis? What Crisis? (09-Jun-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Probably everyone has heard and used the tired cliché, "He can't see the forest for the trees. ...
The Frustrations of Good Men (02-Jun-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Within this past week, I finally finished David McCullough's 2001 bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, John Adams, a book I have been wading through since sometime in 2004. ...
Dan Brown's Thirty Pieces of Silver (26-May-06)
by David C. Grabbe
By now, everyone in the Western world has heard of Jesus Christ's betrayal in exchange for some coinage. ...
America's Imminent Perfect Storm (19-May-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As spring turns toward summer and the fall elections march ever nearer, winds of change are blowing across this nation, auguring a critical moment in American history. ...
'Arguments Over Words' (12-May-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
During my daily commute to and from the office, a trip of just under fifteen minutes, I usually have my radio tuned to WBT and its talk shows, but on occasion I have the pleasure of listening to a book on tape (in this case, on CD). ...
Society of Skeptics (05-May-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Many institutions that have Christian or Jewish roots and links but are actually humanist and scientific in their approaches to their fields of endeavor.
'The Alien Who Is Among You' (28-Apr-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Over the past several weeks, the big story has been illegal immigration. ...
No Good News Here (21-Apr-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A recent sensation in the world of New Testament studies is the "presentation to the world" of the supposed "Gospel of Judas. ...
Bucking Tradition (14-Apr-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
No one wants to have his traditions or treasured fantasies burst. But when a real Christian is presented with truth, he embraces it out of reverence for God.
Without Bitterness (07-Apr-06)
by David C. Grabbe
In the annual contemplation of the Passover and Exodus stories, the question occasionally arises of whether or not the Christian Passover must be observed according to the original instructions in Exodus 12--specifically, with a lamb, bitter herbs, etc. ...
A Nation of Laws? (31-Mar-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A primary concept that separates the United States of America from other nations, particularly those governed by strong men or oligarchies, is the principle of the primacy of law. ...
At Least Say, 'Thanks!' (24-Mar-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
One of the saddest indictments of our modern, liberal culture occurred yesterday. ...
March 12, 2005: One Year Later (17-Mar-06)
by David C. Grabbe
Last Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific church shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin. On that fateful day, Terry Ratzmann entered the rented, hotel meeting room and opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol. A minute later, 22 rounds had been fired, four people were wounded, and eight lay dead—including the shooter. ...
Peaceful Is as Peaceful Does (10-Mar-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Since September 11, 2001—and frankly since long before then—the Western and Islamic worlds have increasingly collided. ...
The Price of Arrogance (03-Mar-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A consistent criticism of the Bush administration has been that it is arrogant in its dealings with the media, the Democrat opposition, and even with its own allies in Congress. ...
Where Are the Parents? (24-Feb-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Does parental responsibility come to an end on a child's eighteenth birthday? Parents' permissiveness in their children's younger years leads to immaturity later.
'We Live to the Lord' (17-Feb-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
How many of us—Christians, disciples of our Savior Jesus Christ, begotten children of God—lead lives based on the principle the apostle Paul presents in Romans 14:7-8?
Under Green at the Crossed Flags (10-Feb-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
If you will, please indulge me, as I am about to give some advice. ...
Is the Tide Turning? (03-Feb-06)
by David C. Grabbe
January 22, 2006, marked the 33rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, which made the killing of unborn children a legal right. ...
Somewhere in the Middle (27-Jan-06)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A few weeks ago, a local talk-show host, self-described as "an aging hippie," remarked that he believed that in most matters one can find "the truth somewhere in the middle. ...
What 'The Bible and Its Influence' Will Teach (20-Jan-06)
by David C. Grabbe
The liberal media and National Education Association strive to banish every hint of Christianity from public school. Surprisingly, one 'Bible class' is allowed.
Standing With God (Part Two) (13-Jan-06)
by Charles Whitaker
Wisdom counsels God's people not to rely on worldly conservatives to fight their battles for them. True Christians will find themselves using untempered mortar.
Standing With God (Part One) (06-Jan-06)
by Charles Whitaker
Sociologists often point to the decline of the twin institutions of marriage and the family as the fount of most American cultural ills.


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