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. ...

07-Dec-01

Moses, Psalmist (Part 4)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
On anyone's list of world religious figures of all time, Moses would certainly rank in the top-5 spots. ...

22-Nov-01

Moses, Psalmist (Part 3)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We frequently perceive characters in books as one-dimensional, and if we are an imaginative and comprehensive reader, perhaps in two dimensions. ...

15-Nov-01

Moses, Psalmist (Part 2)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As we saw in the last issue, Moses was the Renaissance Man of his day: prince, general, freedom-fighter, shepherd, leader, prophet, law-giver, and psalmist. ...

08-Nov-01

Moses, Psalmist (Part 1)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Moses was an amazing man. From his birth, he was caught up as the central figure in some of the most momentous times in human history. ...

01-Nov-01

Conspiracy Theory

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
More than seven weeks have passed since the disastrous terrorist attacks on September 11. ...

26-Oct-01

Halloween Rising

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Howls of protest arose this past week because the mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, advised residents not to allow their children to trick-or-treat from door to door this year, due to the recent terror attacks on the U.S. ...

28-Sep-01

We Are NOT Alone!

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Fans of The X-Files know that the 1990s television drama popularized the phrase, "We are not alone." Within the show's universe, it refers to the ongoing question of whether extraterrestrial life . . .

21-Sep-01

Great Expectations

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We live in the most prosperous society that humanity has ever known. ...

14-Sep-01

Innocent Victims?

by John W. Ritenbaugh
The Bible reminds us of a particular truth frequently, even relentlessly. Despite this, it is a truth that is easily forgotten in a time of disaster such as the United States is now experiencing. ...

12-Sep-01

Christian Reaction to Terror

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The United States of America suffered a savage blow yesterday, September 11, 2001, by an as-yet unknown terrorist group. ...

07-Sep-01

The True Gospel (Part 6)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Maybe the most amazing fact gleaned from Christian history appears in Galatians 1:6: "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel. ...

31-Aug-01

The True Gospel (Part 5)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Jesus' words in Mark 1:15 come in the form of an urgent command: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

24-Aug-01

The True Gospel (Part 4)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Members of the Worldwide Church of God remember Herbert W. Armstrong frequently turning to Mark 1:14-15 to thunder out the truth that the gospel Jesus proclaimed is focused on the Kingdom of God. ...

17-Aug-01

The True Gospel (Part 3)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
New Testament writers use the word "gospel" a hundred times altogether, mostly generically ("the gospel" or "this gospel," etc. ...

10-Aug-01

The True Gospel (Part 2)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
If we are not following the true gospel that Christ proclaimed, we will wind up somewhere other than the Kingdom of God!

03-Aug-01

The True Gospel (Part 1)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The evangelist Mark begins his recounting of Jesus' ministry with these words: "Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. ...