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. ...

02-Aug-02

Sign of the Times

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two sets of news stories intersect this week to reveal just how far America has declined from her heights of morality and greatness. ...

26-Jul-02

Drought and Fire

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A few weeks have passed since the wall-to-wall coverage of the devastating fires in Colorado and Arizona. ...

19-Jul-02

Freedom and Security?

by David C. Grabbe
Is it possible for this nation to have full measures of both individual freedom and national security? Judging by the heat-speaking missives aimed at the government by the mainstream and alternative media in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, such a scenario is an obscure dream. ...

12-Jul-02

We Persuade Men

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
When God summoned us to His way of life, He persuaded us with various proofs that He exists, desires a relationship with us, and rules not just the universe but also the affairs of men. ...

05-Jul-02

The American Faith

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most people do not consider patriotism to be a kind of faith, a religion of sorts, but it has every possibility of being or becoming one, especially to those who have become disaffected with "traditional religion." ...

28-Jun-02

A Nation Under God?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Without a doubt, the biggest story this week has been the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance make it unconstitutional. ...

21-Jun-02

A World Gone Mad

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The reader may recall the 1963 movie called It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in which a bunch of misfits alternatively race, ally with, and fight each other to find a buried treasure. ...

14-Jun-02

The Jewish Testament?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Back in February, this column reacted to a statement made on the radio by a local preacher who said that what we do does not matter. ...

07-Jun-02

Cold Facts of Global Warming

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
That humanity causes global warming is a hoax. ...

31-May-02

Fading Freedoms

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that its agents will be given more latitude to conduct surveillance without providing reasonable proof of suspected wrongdoing. ...

24-May-02

Give It to Us Straight!

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Throughout a normal day, we are constantly reminded just how little we can trust what we hear or read. ...

17-May-02

Above the Fray

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, recently gave a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. In the last half of his message, he spurred the members of his audience to use their political influence to stem and reverse the declining cultural tide of this nation...

10-May-02

Lesson Learned

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Yesterday evening, my son John learned an important life lesson, "courtesy" of our young Siberian Husky, Chocolate. ...

03-May-02

Semantics

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Have you ever been in a verbal squabble in which your opponent brought the conversation to a screeching halt with the accusation, "You're using semantics!"?

26-Apr-02

Deterrence

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
For the past several weeks, the nation has been wringing its collective hands over the pedophilia scandal among Catholic priests. ...

19-Apr-02

Blindness or Disregard?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Last night, I viewed a disturbing video called War of Images. ...

12-Apr-02

The Solution? Character

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Every so often, I get a mild case of depression. ...

05-Apr-02

A Time for War

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
However one reads the book of Ecclesiastes, it must be admitted that Solomon's conclusions are spot-on in terms of human reality. ...

29-Mar-02

For Teens Too!

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Do you know of someone who has done everything perfectly? Conversely, do you know of someone whose whole life is one big mistake? Have you ever made mistakes—maybe a lot of them? We have all done stupid things in our lives. ...

22-Mar-02

Sick and Tired

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past week I have literally been sick and tired. ...

15-Mar-02

American Amnesia

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Americans have a memory problem—and always have. ...

08-Mar-02

Fast Food

by David C. Grabbe
A number of recent articles have brought to light a disturbing new facet of schoolwork at both the high school and college levels. ...

01-Mar-02

Always on Call

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Let me say up front that I am not a phone person. ...

22-Feb-02

BC (Before Columbus)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The March 2002 The Atlantic Monthly contains an interesting cover article by Charles C. ...

15-Feb-02

New and Improved? A PC Bible

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most readers will probably not be aware of the latest raging controversy over the Bible. ...

08-Feb-02

A Christian Nation? Reprise

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Several weeks ago, this column commented on the state of American "Christianity" ("A Christian Nation?", January 4, 2002). ...

01-Feb-02

Behavior Matters

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I listen to the radio in the mornings as I prepare for and drive to work. ...

24-Jan-02

Welfare and Christianity

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is beyond question that Christians should be compassionate. We are to give to the poor and aid the needy. We are to lend a helping hand to those who have stumbled and bear the burdens of the weak. It is sin to us if we know to do good and fail to do it. But how far does this go? ...

18-Jan-02

Deep Thinkers

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A recent article in a respected American magazine tries to explain the now well-known "red and blue map" that shows that—geographically, at least—more of America supported George W. ...

11-Jan-02

Discounting the Bible

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I have a pet peeve: I hate it when people flatly discount the Bible. ...

04-Jan-02

A Christian Nation?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As I drove home from work the other evening, I listened to the local talk-radio station, WBT. ...

27-Dec-01

Dare to Be Different!

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of us are by nature conformists. ...

21-Dec-01

Moses: A Tale of Two Wives

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Moses is such an interesting subject that his life demands at least one more essay! He lived a long, full life during an exciting and eventful period of history. ...

14-Dec-01

Moses, Prince of Egypt

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Consider the position of Moses in Egypt before he fled Egypt for Midian when he was forty years old. ...