A Christian's Information Filter

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

People make judgments—sometimes consciously, but probably more often unconsciously—about what goes into their minds, and this has an effect over time.


Always on Call

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Must I have a cell phone? Do I really need the extra expense? Do I have to relate information right now? Can I not wait until I tell the person directly?


What to Believe?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Occasionally, I receive Internet surveys from a reputable polling company. ...


No More Secrets

Commentary by Ryan McClure

The governmental intrusions into privacy, depicted by the movie Sneakers, have become a grim reality. With life online, nothing is secret.


Beating the Rat Race (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 12:4). ...


What Is Your Social Credit Ranking?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Social scoring is the rating of a person's influence by such criteria as the number of social media followers. The effect will be to create a caste system.


Children in the Era of AI (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Artificial intelligence devices interact with children, filling the gap left by near-absentee parents. We must be aware of the potential abuse of AI.


Staying On Point

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our prayers for God to "bless the electronics," asks whether the marvels of modern electronics are really a God-send or something less than a blessing. Perhaps some of us need to change our thinking about electronic devices as we strive to stay awake while awaiting Christ's return. At …


A Famine Of The Word (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Billionaires have commandeered Apple, Twitter, Google, and Facebook, all ostensibly created for promoting free speech, for the purpose of censoring comments.


News Is In The News

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using Paul Harvey's technique of exposing the "rest of the story," learned that the elderly lady who had sued McDonald's because of third-degree burns from excessively hot coffee only wanted remuneration for the cost of her medical attention and her attorney's fees. However, after McDonald's refused …


Let No One Deceive You

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Increasing knowledge and other modern factors lend themselves to deception, yet this is one of the primary end-time trends that Jesus warns us against.


Man's Greatest Creation?

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

The current focus on fusing human brains with computerized intelligence threatens to put applied science on a collision course with God's plan for mankind.


Vision (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must protect ourselves from toxic information overload by keeping the vision of our calling in front of us, living for the future. We cannot be distracted.


Navigating the Third Wave

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Human civilization has experienced two major sociological ages since the beginning of its appearance on the earth. Currently we are in transition to the third age or Third Wave, which has frightening prophetic consequences. However, it's the Fourth Wave, God's soon-coming Kingdom, we need to catch!


Human's Replacement

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick describes the development of a robot having self-awareness, able to recombine knowledge, and generalize, providing an artificial intelligence which could make the human being obsolete. Some have concluded that artificial intelligence could be a greater threat to human existence than the atomic bomb or germ warfare. …


Remember the Luddites!

Commentary by Joseph B. Baity

Some accept any innovation without calculating the damage it might bring to the culture, while others find it difficult to accept any technological changes.


Children in the Era of AI (Part Two)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

As AI toys befriend children, parents should be alarmed about the values these virtual assistants are teaching them. AI has officially become a religion.


Day of Deception

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our vulnerability to deception has been increased with the exponential explosion of information, via Facebook, Twitter, and other internet sources.


Are We Mentally Fit?

Commentary by Bill Onisick

People are now battling sleep difficulty, anxiety, depression, and loneliness as never before in history.


Another Mark of the Beast

Commentary by David F. Maas

Big Tech is creating a new mode of governance through which data analytics are used to create algorithms that decide rewards and punishment for targeted behaviors.


Following the Bean

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Keeping an eye on the news in order to 'watch world events' can be both time-consuming and maddening. Richard Ritenbaugh compares this task to playing a shell game, wondering if the game itself, hard to follow as it is, is distracting some of us from more important pursuits.


Beware the Second Flood (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The immediate danger lies not as much in the specific teachings of the flood from the serpent but in their sheer volume. The peril lies in being swept away.


How Many Wars?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus tells us not to be troubled about the wars and rumors of wars, for they are like false labor pains. We are now at the beginning of sorrows.


How to Combat Future Shock

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Alvin Toffler described a phenomenon known as Future Shock, a stressful malady caused by an inability to adjust to rapid change and over-stimulation.


Faith and Technology

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

As technology becomes more available, the material world threatens to crowd God out of the picture. The information age will destroy us unless we manage it.


Globalism (Part One): Founded on Fear and Faithlessness

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker begins a series of articles on globalism. What is it? Where is it headed? Does it have a balancing counterpart? Who is driving it? What does it have to do with the prophecies of the end time?


Indistractable

Commentary by Bill Onisick

Social media, text messages, e-mails, websites and blogs are competing for our time, eroding our attention spans and exhausting our ability to concentrate.


What Is Truth?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our problem is more difficult than Pilate's was only in the fact that we are faced with a tsunami of information each day, as compared to his trickle of news.


A Light To The World

Commentary by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, maintaining that our response to the evil of the world sets us apart as the light of the world, cautions us not to abandon our children to the custody of interactive smartphones or iPads. In 1989, Charles Krauthammer warned that we are moving into extremely dangerous times and that we ought not abandon our …


Submitting to Sin?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must analyze and evaluate everything that enters our minds from the media sources that primarily promote a leftist, secular humanist agenda.


Disintegration

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Our advanced communications, which have allowed globalism, are also bringing about tribalism. Rather than uniting everyone, they are dividing.


Beware the Second Flood (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Our minds adapt to what we focus on. We can damage or even destroy faith through abuse or neglect. Without being refreshed in what He says, faith weakens.


Don't Be Indifferent

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.


No Time to Think!

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins alludes to research which suggests that, thanks to the media and to our digital lifestyle, human attention span has attenuated to a mere two seconds—much shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Media, a major contributor to this deficit, shamelessly ruins the attention span further by running …


Our Trusted Source of Truth (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on the "What is truth?" episode in John 18:32-37, suggests that John wants us to ask that question of ourselves. Pilate seemed to believe that all the charges against Jesus were built up on lies and trumped-up charges. Jesus, conversely, was the perfect witness and embodiment of the …


The Flood Is Upon Us!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Revelation 12 pictures a flood proceeding from the mouth of the dragon, sweeping many away in a torrent of information that drowns out the truth.


Cancel Culture

Commentary by Ryan McClure

Offense will be common in the end times, and many will attempt to cancel those who disagree, as the Pharisees cancelled Jesus Christ by execution.


Points of Reference

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity draws a distinction between ancient mariners, who recognized they were off course due to stormy weather, and those of us today who may be unaware that we are off course on our spiritual journey. After a storm, those ancient mariners found steady, reliable points of reference in the skies, once the clouds cleared away, …


Christ Our Wisdom

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the information overload or data smog of today's information age, suggests that in spite of the plethora of data, there is a dearth of wisdom.Wisdom, a gift given through God's Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12: 8) is an attribute of God and Jesus Christ - encompassing the right uses of the right …


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1994)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Without God's Spirit, mankind is guided by another spirit, leading to destructive consequences, made all the more menacing by increased technological capabilities.


The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

With the mind of Christ, we can agree with our spiritual siblings. We do not receive the fullness of Christ's mind at baptism; we must continue to seek it.


Our Trusted Source of Truth (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The veracity of the Scriptures is something we can take to the bank, in essence our only protection against the torrent of deception we face today.


The Gun Lap Is Looming

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reading from the Diary of Elizabeth Smith, a pioneer woman travelling from Missouri to Oregon, described the treacherous wintry conditions on the Columbia River Gorge, suggesting that the closer they came to their goal, the more dangerous the hardships became. Likewise, as we near the conclusion of our spiritual …