Israel's New Crisis

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The 'Arab Spring' has turned some of Israel's recent allies and non-belligerant neighbors in the region into surrounding enemies.


An Israel-Turkey Reconciliation?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Despite the on-again, off-again nature of their ties, Israel and Turkey have common interests, and both could use a friend in the region.


Israel at a Crossroads

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The State of Israel has come to a point in its history when it must take a hard look at where it wants to go in the next few years. Whatever it decides, it will likely lead to the events of the end of the age!


The Rise of the Caliphate

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Islamic State, formed in 1999 and commonly known as 'al-Qaeda in Iraq,' is a Sunni Muslim jihadist group with a hardline ideology and global aspirations.


Should We Fear Terrorism?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With terrorism taking place every day somewhere in the world, how should we as Christians respond? What is a faithful reaction to terrorism?


Waving the White Flag

Commentary by Joseph B. Baity

On September 11, 2001, the political configuration of the world changed drastically, perhaps ushering in another major axial period, one decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, leaving up to this point only one super-power responsible for world security (a kind of Pax Americana). Instantly, all that changed, and America was …


The Fractured Middle East

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Westerners tend to put all Muslims in a box as a unified front. The reality, though, is that Islam is as fractured and sectarian as any other religion.


Age of Empires

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It was not all that long ago that news outlets and pundits wrestled with the fact that the United States was the world's superpower and policeman. Today, however, due to the Obama administration's policies, new powers are rising to fill the power vacuum created by America's retreat. Richard Ritenbaugh discusses five emerging …


The Culture War and the Cartoon Ruckus

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

A major news item over the past month has been the riots over the publishing of cartoons depicting Islam's prophet, Mohammad. David Grabbe ponders the rather belated reaction of the Muslim street, asking, "Why all the sound and fury?"


The Greatest Threat

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Over the past year and a half, the "Arab Spring" that swept through the Middle East and North Africa has been an enduring source of worry for the state of Israel. David Grabbe argues that, despite the instability of its neighbors, Egypt and Syria in particular, Israel's greatest threat is an internal problem: its relationship …


All About Edom (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Esau was prophesied to be the father of a nation, Edom, and the Bible gives us plenty of clues about the character of his descendants.


Rudderless Leadership in U.S. Foreign Affairs

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With one look at American activity on the world scene, an observer is struck by the lack of coherence of this administration's foreign policy. Richard Ritenbaugh offers three examples of major foreign policy blunders over the past five years, asserting that they point to the diminished quality of leadership in high …


Prudence

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, citing statistics from the non-profit organization Open Doors, asserts that persecution against Christians is rampant and dramatic, escalating in many parts of the world in which professing Christians suffer governmental harassment, torture, and death. In North Korea, owning a Bible is a capital offence, bringing …


The King of the South

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The King of the South (Daniel 11:40) might be a confederation of Arabic/Islamic nations continually at war with the people of Israel.


God, the End Times, and Massive Movements of People

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Jesus Christ's prayer that God's called-out ones would be in perfect unity, and that eventually the entire population of the world will be united, posits that the secularist demand for diversity is intrinsically opposed to unity. Acceptance of the cult of diversity has created more conflicts, hatred, …


The Great Divide

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity reminds us that we live in a world divided, as seen in the impending implosions of the two major political parties, the fragmentation of the European 'Union,' fratricide among the Islamic factions, race wars, gender wars, class wars, and bitter vitriol, anger, and resentment rule the day. People are no longer hearing …