Christmas Contradictions

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
An anonymous quotation making the rounds of the Internet this year runs, "Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" Though it may induce a chuckle from its readers, most people either miss or ignore the larger point: Christmas is a bundle of contradictions, inanities, and outright lies. ...


Peace and Safety

by David C. Grabbe
...By this accounting, it has been a pretty good year. For the time being, we can relax. We have "peace and safety." Right? It all depends on who or what is our biggest threat. ...


Spirit and Truth

by David C. Grabbe
...Written by Joe Kovacs, "Christmas in America becomes battleground" reveals the pagan origins of this esteemed tradition and demonstrates why increasing numbers of "fundamentalist Christians" are realizing that one cannot "put Christ" back into something in which He never was. ...


Apologies to C.S. Lewis

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Dear Bollix, Just a short note to congratulate you on the wonderful job you are doing overseeing the American religious landscape. ...


Thankful Forever

by Martin G. Collins
Distractions abound with all of the commercials enticing us to buy this TV or that video game for Christmas. ...


Expanding Government

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"Government, government everywhere" fairly summarizes last week's essay, and we could add, "not an innocent in sight. ...


Ubiquitous Government

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In today's America, government is everywhere. ...


Expecting More

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
..."The Rosenthal Effect," as it is widely known, states that the expectations of a mentor do influence the performance of those he teaches, although the manner in which he conveys his expectations is oftentimes difficult to substantiate. ...


What's With Education Today?

by Martin G. Collins
Statistics show that the more education an American citizen has, the more likely he will support such human perversions as abortion and homosexuality. ...


Grow Up!

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. ...



by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of us probably remember the series of commercials run on television several years ago by a financial services company with the tagline, "We make our money the old-fashioned way: We earn it. ...


'I Will Come Again'

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...The date on our calendar is not as important as the day itself. On it is the first autumnal new moon, which in most years marks the holy day called by the Jews Rosh Hashanah. This Hebrew phrase, however, obscures the significance of the day, as it simply means "the beginning of the year"--and the Jews keep it primarily as a New Years' celebration. The Bible calls it "a memorial of blowing of trumpets" (Leviticus 23:24), and thus we call it simply the "Feast of Trumpets." ...


Already Immortal?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"And the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. ...


Sowing and Reaping

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two years ago yesterday, tens of millions of Americans were glued to their televisions, watching the terror and its aftermath in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. ...


America First?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most of us have heard country singer Lee Greenwood's most famous song, "Proud to Be an American. ...


What Does It Say?

by Martin G. Collins
For weeks now debate has raged over whether the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama courthouse should be removed. ...


Inured, Calloused, Apathetic

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I have always liked words, though they are nothing in themselves but symbols of meanings. ...



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


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. ...


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. ...


House Rules

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


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. ...


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. ...


I'll Tax Your Feet

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


What Will It Take?

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


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. ...


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. ...



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. ...


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. ...


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)?


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. ...


Falling Leaves

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


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


Balls and Strikes

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


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


What to Believe?

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


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. ...


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. ...


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. ...


'Like All the Nations'

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