Turmoil in Pakistan

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The world scene can change in an instant. ...


The Curse of Teen Pregnancy

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is not uncommon today to hear news of some celebrity having a child out of wedlock. ...


This Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Be Preached

by David C. Grabbe
During the last few decades of the church of God, one of the scriptures most quoted or referred to has been Matthew 24:14: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. ...


Religion in Politics

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the past few weeks, two significant events have transformed the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. ...


How Much Money Does God Need?

by David C. Grabbe
Men discovered long ago that religion can be big business. ...


Have We Settled on Our Lees?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Not too long ago, in doing some tidying up around the house, I came across a bottle of red wine that we had opened for a dinner party who knows when. ...


No End of Debate

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Here is today's $64,000 question: How many presidential debates have been broadcast already? Answer: Fifteen. ...


Divided We Fall

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
After the 2000 U. ...


Where is God Working?

by David C. Grabbe
During these restless days in the church of God, it is common for us to wonder when the really exciting things are going to begin happening, what God is doing now, and where He is working. ...


Jena Sixed

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The following USA Today article, published on September 6, 2007, is typical of the coverage on the now-infamous Jena 6 case: ...


Sheep Rustling

by David C. Grabbe
In days gone by, sheep were a common symbol of wealth. ...


Climate Change and World Peace

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
All hail Al Gore, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize! This is the near-unanimous cry of the mainstream media news hawkers this morning. ...


The Real Solution to Baggy Pants

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A few months ago, as my wife and I were bustling through a local Wal-Mart on our weekly shopping "date," we came across a trio of young men slouching their way down a main aisle. ...


Unity and Division (Part Two): Who Scattered the Church?

by David C. Grabbe
As seen previously, the Creator is a God of unity and division. While God's ultimate goal is for His children to be united together with Him in His Family, in the meantime, instances will occur when the Sovereign judges that division is the best tool for bringing His perfect will to pass. This is especially true when salvation is under threat. ...


Lost Perspective

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We are just days away from the sixth anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan's World Trade Center Towers by Muslim extremists. ...


The Hidden Agenda Behind the ICC (Part Two)

by Charles Whitaker
The International Criminal Court (ICC) appears to be a United Nations' institution, but in fact, it is not. ...


The Hidden Agenda Behind the ICC (Part One)

by Charles Whitaker
Revelation 17:1 speaks of the "judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters. ...


A Threat in Central Asia

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
When foreigners come to this country and comment on American news coverage, it is usually to opine that our reporting is, frankly, self-interested. ...


Unity and Division (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
As mere men, we find it easy to limit God. While all of His attributes are in perfect, harmonious balance, we tend to emphasize one of His qualities over another. Without divine intervention, everyone essentially creates a god in his own image, crudely patching together anecdotes and selected scriptures that reinforce his idea of the divine ...


A Bridge Too Frail

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the murky waters of the Mississippi River, as it flows through Minneapolis, Minnesota, divers are still searching through the rubble for the bodies of the missing and presumed dead as a result of the I-35W bridge collapse on Wednesday evening. ...


The Truth About Earmarks

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
If we have heard or watched the news over the past two years or so, it is likely we have caught the word 'earmark' in a reporter's mouth at some point. ...


Our End Time

by David C. Grabbe
As we trudge relentlessly into the time of the end, and the bright summer days continue to be spiritually dark, we frequently cast about for any indicator of how much longer it will be until Jesus Christ returns, bringing the mad rule of man to a close. ...


The Dark Side of Government

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The federal government just did the state of North Carolina a big favor. ...


Not-So-Great Expectations

by David C. Grabbe
Near the beginning of his gospel, John makes an astonishing declaration. ...


What's Best for America?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Not long ago, President George W. ...


The Haditha Non-Story

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A year and a half ago, the bloodbath at Haditha, a city in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar, was big news. ...


Rumors Will Fly

by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
It was late summer or perhaps early fall of 1952 in Korea. My company was dug in along the thirty-eighth parallel in a railroad bed in the area referred to as "The Iron Triangle." The Chinese controlled the high ground, living on and in Hill 1062, while we held the low ground. ...


Good to the Core

by David F. Maas
Mother Eve, when she observed the fruit of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, became convinced that it looked desirable to the eye (Genesis 3:6), having an outwardly pleasing form, but she soon found out that the inner core contained death. By looking at surface appearances only, the entire human race has fallen for deceit, duplicity, and slickness ever since. ...


A Lesson from the Diamond

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Please indulge me a moment as I boast about my eight-year-old son, Jarod. ...


Pentecost and Memorial Day

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Every now and again, the Feast of Pentecost and Memorial Day fall back-to-back on the calendar, as they do this year. ...


Liberalism and Legalism

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As our various governments become increasingly liberal, a horrifying--a word chosen with care--paradox becomes more apparent: A more liberal America is becoming less free. ...


Commencement 2007

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The news this morning is that today is Graduation Day at Virginia Tech, and the reporters covering the story are probing just how different this day will be from other commencement exercises in years past. ...


The Coming Anglo-American Crisis

by David C. Grabbe
It is almost tangible--the feeling that a hammer-blow is about to fall. It is reinforced constantly--by news reports, images from the media, and direct personal experience--that the nation is coming apart at the seams and lurching wildly out of control. ...


The Wrath of Man

by Clyde Finklea
The dictionary defines anger as "a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism." ...


April Murder

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
...For future reference, it might be prudent to be extra careful during the third week of April next year and in all years after that. In the past fourteen years, 292 people were killed in the above four April mass murders in the United States, and perhaps others could be added to the tally. ...


Apologies and Hypocrisy

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Over the past week or so, we have witnessed several examples of a consequence of present-day America's inclusive, diverse, multicultural society. ...


Bloodshed Upon Bloodshed

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been in mourning for the last week since two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton, were murdered late last Saturday night, March 31, after responding to a domestic disturbance. ...


The Vinedresser

by Clyde Finklea
During His Passover instructions to His disciples in the upper room, Jesus uses an illustration to explain how God works with us to produce fruit in our lives...


In the Heart of the Earth

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Some try to say that the phrase "in the heart of the earth" in Matthew 12:40 does not mean buried in a grave or tomb. Those who support this theory say that heart implies "middle of" or "midst of," and earth should really be translated as "country" or "world." Thus, the argument runs, Jesus is actually saying that He would be three days and nights in Jerusalem, since it was the center of the nations according to Ezekiel 5:5. However, this argument holds no water. ...


Nannyism and Caring

by John W. Ritenbaugh
In the United States is a well-developed social and governmental movement that some commentators derisively name "nannyism." Political pundits also refer to it as "cradle to the grave" social care. ...


James Cameron's Lost Integrity

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past Sunday, the Discovery Channel aired Titanic-producer/director James Cameron's controversial documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus. ...


What Does It Say?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
What does it say about a nation that makes an icon of a woman whose only claims to fame are to have posed nude for a magazine, married a nearly nonagenarian billionaire, had a drug problem, and had a string of affairs? ...


Shifting American Values

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Fifteen years ago, the subject of "values" was on everyone's lips, reaching its crescendo during the political campaigns of the time. ...


Spiritual Grave Robbers

by David F. Maas
How many of us have felt embarrassed after finding leavening in our homes during the Days of Unleavened Bread? Far more embarrassing is to reclaim leavening after throwing it out, yet I had such an experience, one I was ashamed for years to admit had happened. ...


What Makes a Civilization Great?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A recent trip to South Africa allowed me to compare conditions in that nation with what I remember from my two previous visits, as well as what I have read and heard about it before the African National Congress, backed by international pressure, installed itself over the government. ...


The Problem with 'Leader Security'

by David C. Grabbe
Within Protestantism, a major cornerstone of belief is the doctrine of "Eternal Security"--commonly called "once saved, always saved. ...


The Death of His Saints

by David C. Grabbe
In Psalm 116, the psalmist makes a remarkable statement. Near the end of this psalm of thanksgiving for God's deliverance from an untimely death, he says, "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints."


The Prayer Conundrum

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
For some reason, over the past few days there have been several occasions in which the subject of prayer and its efficacy has come up. ...


Hijacking Our Language

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The English language is a huge, vibrant, beautiful tongue. ...


Big-Picture Thinking

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It has become traditional as we flip our Gregorian calendars from December to January each year to assess the old year and resolve to amend our faults and shortcomings in the new. . . .