15-Aug-03

Power

by David C. Grabbe
If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? (Amos 3:6) ...

08-Aug-03

Arnold, Messiah?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The big story over the last few days has been the "surprise" candidacy of movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor of California. ...

01-Aug-03

In Defense of Marriage

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the last few weeks, we have witnessed a firestorm of controversy surrounding the institution of marriage. ...

25-Jul-03

House Rules

by David C. Grabbe
Imagine that you receive a personal summons from a mysterious benefactor. ...

18-Jul-03

In What Way Have We Wearied Him?

by Martin G. Collins
On a national radio talk show this week, the host interviewed a young man who had written a book at age 17 about ex-President Bill Clinton's immoral influence on America's youth. ...

11-Jul-03

Intrinsic Governmental Corruption

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The "big news" of the past week or so has been the revelation that a major plank in President Bush's reasons for invading Iraq to liberate its citizens from its dictator, Saddam Hussein, was based on a forgery. ...

04-Jul-03

I'll Tax Your Feet

by Martin G. Collins
A news headline this week reads, "7 States Begin Fiscal Year With No Budget. ...

27-Jun-03

What Will It Take?

by David C. Grabbe
Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States of America removed the ban on homosexual sex. ...

20-Jun-03

Comfort One Another With These Words

by Martin G. Collins
The reality of death is that we can rarely predict when it will occur. Many factors affect longevity—some we have control over and some we do not. ...

13-Jun-03

Music and Cultural Freefall

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Cable television's VH1 published the results of its survey of the "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years," hailing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as its number one. ...

06-Jun-03

Equilibrium

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God has endowed His creation with a self-adjusting mechanism that, unless altered by cataclysmic forces, brings things back to a state of equilibrium. ...

30-May-03

Putting Out Flawed Study Practices

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As managing editor of Forerunner magazine, I occasionally receive unsolicited articles from readers who want their work published. ...

23-May-03

Reasons for Optimism

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Are you generally up or down? Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Do you believe "all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28) or "all is vanity and grasping for the wind" (Ecclesiastes 2:17)?

16-May-03

Which God Do You Worship?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the time when paganism was dominant, people tried to worship all the gods in the pantheon, but usually they had a particular fondness for a certain deity. ...

09-May-03

Falling Leaves

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Part of my responsibilities entails a great deal of reading of news and comment. ...

02-May-03

You Fight and War

by Martin G. Collins
While suffering under the tyrannical, secular regime of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi people were more personally free from the murderous, religious radicals of the various Islamic sects. ...

25-Apr-03

Ditzy Chicks

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I wish I did not have to be so negative about this, but I keep discovering additional proof that "people are stupid" is a true statement. ...

18-Apr-03

What Makes This a 'Good' Friday?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...To Catholics and many Protestants, Good Friday is a semi-holy day commemorating the day Jesus died nearly two thousand years ago. These same people celebrate Easter Sunday two days later, rejoicing that Jesus rose from the dead. What has always been confusing is how normally reasonable people can observe these days that are so woefully contradictory to the biblical accounts of Christ's death and resurrection. And this is without getting into the obvious pagan fertility symbols of bunnies and eggs that have nothing whatsoever to do with the awesome significance of the death, burial, and resurrection of mankind's Savior. ...

11-Apr-03

Deception by Silence

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Just today, The New York Times broke the story that CNN kowtowed to Saddam Hussein's regime, agreeing to ignore stories of brutality so that the "news" network could keep its Baghdad bureau open. ...

04-Apr-03

Always an Angle

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
One of the most conspicuous features of the now-two-week-old war in Iraq is the flood of information that has poured from Baghdad, Washington, London, Qatar, New York City, and various points in between. ...

28-Mar-03

Those Who Suffer

by Martin G. Collins
In observing the news coverage for the last week and a half, I am not quite sure whether I am being informed about the blow-by-blow events of a war, a boxing match, or a football game. ...

21-Mar-03

Cutting Off the Snake's Head

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As anyone can see on television, the war is on and progressing to the Bush administration's satisfaction. ...

14-Mar-03

Squandering Opportunity

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of America has been paying attention to the ins and outs of the "War on Terror" or "Showdown With Saddam. ...

07-Mar-03

Called to Liberty

by Martin G. Collins
The 18th-century German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, surmised, "Freedom is the birthright of man; it belongs to him by right of his humanity, in so far as this consists with every other person's freedom. ...

28-Feb-03

Balls and Strikes

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
When I awoke this morning, I actually remembered my dream. ...

21-Feb-03

Public Schools and Teaching Character

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
At an October 2002 Hillsdale College seminar, former Secretary of Education, Drug Czar, and The Book of Virtues author William J. ...

14-Feb-03

A Culture in Freefall

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Not too long ago, Americans could sneer across the Atlantic at the abysmal state of European moral standards. ...

07-Feb-03

Prophecy's Place

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Bible students know that Scripture is about thirty percent prophecy, and preachers have cautioned that prophecy should take no more than the equivalent percentage of our study time. ...

31-Jan-03

What to Believe?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Occasionally, I receive Internet surveys from a reputable polling company. ...

24-Jan-03

A Little Hypocritical?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The news has been rather slow this past week or so, and here in Charlotte, the weather has grabbed the headlines for the last few days. ...

17-Jan-03

More Than Conquerors

by Martin G. Collins
Little has been overtly said this week by the liberal news media about the making of a movie, produced and directed by Mel Gibson, about Jesus of Nazareth. ...

10-Jan-03

Step Into 'The Twilight Zone'

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Some of the most thought-provoking television ever (an oxymoron) appeared on the weekly installments of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone. ...

03-Jan-03

'Like All the Nations'

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
American schools used to teach history. ...

27-Dec-02

A Year of War

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Many column writers are taking a look back on 2002, applauding achievers and panning failures, rehashing the highs and the lows, and trying to gain some perspective on it all. ...

20-Dec-02

Celebrating a Lie

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...Now, let us turn to the Scripture where God tells us to celebrate His Son's birth: —. Yes, that is correct. No place in either Testament tells us to honor our Savior by having a birthday bash for Him each year. Strangely enough, Jesus Himself tells us to remember, not His birth, but His death (Luke 21:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)! ...

13-Dec-02

Much Ado About Lott

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The media have been brimming with words over the latest political gaffe, this one by Senator Trent Lott, a Republican from Mississippi and presumed future Senate Majority Leader. ...

06-Dec-02

How Far Have We Really Come?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We like to think of ourselves living in the most advanced civilization that has ever graced this fair planet. ...

29-Nov-02

Thanksgiving and Entropy

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
For those of us who are not scientists, the Second Law of Thermodynamics can be a brain bruiser. ...

22-Nov-02

The Shallowness of Pop Culture

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It never ceases to amaze. ...

15-Nov-02

Pharaoh's Magicians Return

by David C. Grabbe
This past week, an article appeared in the London Daily Telegraph about a television production that the British Broadcasting Corporation will be airing next month. ...

08-Nov-02

What Does Election 2002 Mean for America?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The debates are finished, the commercials are silent, the votes are cast, and all but the dust has settled on Election 2002. ...

01-Nov-02

Why We Do Not Vote

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In America, where the political process is proudly hailed as free and democratic, it is considered somehow "un-American" not to vote whenever the polling stations open. ...

25-Oct-02

Connecting the Dots

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...Is this not a typical American reaction? Two men kill ten people and keep the nation terrorized for more than three weeks, and once police nab the murderers, we all sigh in relief and, with hardly another thought, go back to our comfortable lives. ...

18-Oct-02

Lessons from a Stiff Neck

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This has not been a good week, primarily because I have been enduring a stiff neck since last Friday. ...

11-Oct-02

The Peace Prize

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Today, the Nobel Foundation awarded its prestigious Peace Prize to former American President Jimmy Carter for his untiring efforts to promote peace and humanitarian goals throughout the world for more than three decades. ...

04-Oct-02

Absolute Power Corrupts

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Our national anthem ends with the line, "Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave??" It is a good question—not whether the flag still waves but whether it waves over a land of free citizens. ...

11-Sep-02

September 11 One Year On

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
An entire year has flashed by since four airplane crashes changed the way Americans behold the world. ...

06-Sep-02

Officially to Blame

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Perhaps the most certain and lasting consensus decision to come out of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is that America and Britain are officially to blame for every ill that plagues planet earth. ...

30-Aug-02

His Hand Against Every Man

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It has been interesting to observe the reaction of Western European governments and politicians to the saber rattling of the George W. ...

23-Aug-02

Everything Is Political

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Perhaps the most recognizable and lasting feature of the Clinton administration was its daily use of polls, focus groups, and other finger-in-the-wind means of gauging public opinion to position its policy. ...

16-Aug-02

Different Signs of the Times

by David C. Grabbe
If the mainstream media is a bellwether, the earth is about to be invaded by beings from another planet—or it already has been. ...

09-Aug-02

Bugs and Beasts

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Behaviors have consequences. ...