Israel's New Crisis

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Since its founding in 1948, the State of Israel has been backed up against the Mediterranean Sea, facing a hostile Arab world in every direction. David Grabbe describes its current situation as even more dire, as the "Arab Spring" has turned some of Israel's recent allies and non-belligerant neighbors in the region into enemies.


An Israel-Turkey Reconciliation?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Even before the 2010 Israeli commando raid on a Gaza blockade-running Turkish ship, relations between Israel and Turkey were at a low ebb. Recently, positive signs of a reconciliation have appeared, although nothing is certain. Richard Ritenbaugh provides proof that, despite the on-again, off-again nature of their ties, both …


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!


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?


The Fractured Middle East

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Most Westerners tend to simplify their perception of the situation in the Middle East by using dichotomies: Israel vs. Arabs, Jew vs. Muslim, Western vs. Islamic, etc. However, as David Grabbe explains, it is not that simple, particularly on the Muslim side, where multiple factions exist.


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 …


The Rise of the Caliphate

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Lately, the eyes of the world have been riveted on the Levant, the area of the Middle East that includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. The entity that is attracting attention is what is commonly known as ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda terrorist group that is growing into a state. Richard Ritenbaugh describes …


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 …