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Priceless (02-Apr-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
One of the most popular series of advertisements in recent years has been MasterCard's "Priceless" commercials. ...
Groping for Jesus (26-Mar-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Jesus has sure been in the public eye lately. ...
March Madness (19-Mar-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
At this time of the year, the nation swings into its annual March Madness with gusto. ...
And, Today's Word Is . . . Speciesism (12-Mar-04)
by Charles Whitaker
There is a new "ism" about—speciesism. ...
A Passion for The Passion? (05-Mar-04)
by John W. Ritenbaugh
The controversial movie, The Passion of the Christ, dominated the news long before its release for public viewing. ...
Storm of the Century (27-Feb-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Over the past two days, more than fifteen inches of snow fell on south Charlotte where I live, encasing everything in a thick, crystalline blanket. ...
He Gave Them Judges (20-Feb-04)
by Charles Whitaker
Paul, in his first recorded sermon, argues for the sovereignty of God. ...
Putting It In Perspective (13-Feb-04)
by David C. Grabbe
Hardly a day goes by without a major newspaper or newswire keeping us up-to-date on the latest dirt in the "Catholic clergy abuse scandal." With such media saturation it is easy to see why the general populace has such a negative opinion of Catholic priests. Through thick and thin, the media hangs on, determined to bring every gory detail to the fore. It is time we stopped to consider why, and take a look at some of the statistics surrounding this issue. ...
Cultural Manipulation (06-Feb-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
PBS's "Merchants of Cool" on Frontline is a sober probe into the research and marketing of what teens consider "cool." Knowing the way big business and big media push-the-envelope today, the results should not be shocking. The conclusion of the documentary is that every new teen fashion, music, movie, television, and language trend is marketed and sold to the teen—and pre-teen—set by the media in cahoots with major advertisers. Our kids are being manipulated to absorb and reflect a deviant culture. ...
I've Seen This Movie . . . (30-Jan-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Have you ever surfed the channels on television and come across a movie that caught your attention, but after a while you realized that you had seen this movie before? That is the feeling I have been having over the last several months while observing President George W. ...
Reality Narcolepsy (23-Jan-04)
by David C. Grabbe
A local radio talk-show host frequently uses the term "reality narcolepsy" to describe the human condition of being asleep—and thus blind—to the truth of what is occurring. ...
America the Great (16-Jan-04)
by David C. Grabbe
A local, Christian radio station in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area has a curious tagline that it uses when it announces its station credentials. ...
Law Enforcement (09-Jan-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
America has a major problem: too many laws. ...
Feeling Secure? (02-Jan-04)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As the winter holidays surged into full gallop, the government raised the color-coded terror alert system to "orange," meaning the chance of terrorist activity is "elevated"—and only one tier down from "red," which evidently signals the end of the world as we know it. ...
Christmas Contradictions (26-Dec-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
An anonymous quotation making the rounds of the Internet this year runs, "Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" Though it may induce a chuckle from its readers, most people either miss or ignore the larger point: Christmas is a bundle of contradictions, inanities, and outright lies. ...
Peace and Safety (19-Dec-03)
by David C. Grabbe
...By this accounting, it has been a pretty good year. For the time being, we can relax. We have "peace and safety." Right? It all depends on who or what is our biggest threat. ...
Spirit and Truth (12-Dec-03)
by David C. Grabbe
...Written by Joe Kovacs, "Christmas in America becomes battleground" reveals the pagan origins of this esteemed tradition and demonstrates why increasing numbers of "fundamentalist Christians" are realizing that one cannot "put Christ" back into something in which He never was. ...
Apologies to C.S. Lewis (05-Dec-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Dear Bollix, Just a short note to congratulate you on the wonderful job you are doing overseeing the American religious landscape. ...
Thankful Forever (28-Nov-03)
by Martin G. Collins
Distractions abound with all of the commercials enticing us to buy this TV or that video game for Christmas. ...
Expanding Government (21-Nov-03)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"Government, government everywhere" fairly summarizes last week's essay, and we could add, "not an innocent in sight. ...


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