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"Does God's Love Make You Want to Give?"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 4/15/13 (600 words)  Some current social scientific research suggests it might.  Intriguing survey results, and an inspiring story of Auntie Anne, the pretzel lady.  (Short op-ed)

"Human Trafficking Movie Grabs Hearts"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 4/15/13 (600 words)  Annika, a delicate young girl, has been unwittingly handed into virtual slavery by her homeless father.  Sweatshop labor and sex-for-sale portend a bleak future, unless someone intervenes.  Caden, a spoiled, rich, 20-year-old Southern California student, determines to be that someone.  Their inspiring saga in the feature film Not Today might grab your heart, too.  (Short op-ed)

"Mark Burnett's Bible TV Series:  Epic Adventure"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 2/26/13 (600 words)  The Survivor producer and his wife, actress Roma Downey, have produced an exhilarating take on classic stories about the epic struggle of the centuries between good and evil.  Powerful depictions; gripping scenes.  Well worth seeing by skeptics, searchers, and the faith-filled alike.  (Short op-ed)

"Lance Armstrong Confesses He Lied the Past 20 Years" By: Jan White.  Posted 2/06/13 (540 words)  The headlines on television and in newspapers recently announced that cycling champion Lance Armstrong confessed to lying for the past 20 years.  According to Fox News, during an in-depth interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong “spilled his guts on using performance-enhancing substances that contributed to his seven Tour de France wins.”  Last year, Armstrong was stripped of all his Tour de France titles ...

"'Les Miserables' film: Mercy Triumphs"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 12/20/12 (640 words)   Could receiving a healthy dose of kindness and mercy help transform a person’s life?  Victor Hugo thought so.  The 19th Century French social reformer wove his famous novel Les Misérables around the theme of grace trumping legalism.  A new film based on the successful musical opens Christmas Day.  (Short op-ed)

"Christmas Carol's Message of Comfort and Joy" By: Jan White.  Posted 12/20/12 (540 words)  A Christmas carol came to mind the morning after the Connecticut school shooting.  The lyrics come from a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  His words described the way I felt after hearing the tragic news.  Longfellow penned his poem on Christmas Eve 1863, six months after the Battle of Gettysburg where over 40,000 soldiers died.   He had lost his wife in a tragic fire in 1861, the year the Civil War began.  His son, Lieutenant Charles Longfellow, had been severely wounded in November 1862....

"A Royal Birth Reason to Celebrate" By: Jan White.  Posted 12/20/12 (535 words)  Headlines around the world recently announced that William and Kate are expecting a baby!  Buckingham Palace confirmed the news, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.  The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”...

"Getting Ready for the End of the World" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 12/11/12 (600 words)  Are you ready for the end?  A current film titled, ‘Finding a friend for the end of the world’ includes a jilted husband traveling with a neighbor to find a childhood sweetheart with whom to spend the final day on earth.  Somehow, the end of the world, as I understand it, won’t be a time for seeking companionship.  Humans have been intrigued with the end time since we were evicted from Paradise for disobeying God.  Countless people claim to know when the last day will come. The ’seer’, Nostradamus warned us centuries ago that the earth would end in 2011.  The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, so we are told that that will be the last day for earth....

“Finding God in 'It's A Wonderful Life'”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 12/41/12 (600 words)  Christmas came early for me this year. In April I was contacted by a publisher asking if I’d be interested in writing a book on the classic Christmas movie.  Although they were unaware “It’s a Wonderful Life” was my all-time favorite film, they were not unaware of my immediate response.  “Absolutely!”  In the process of writing “Finding God in It’s a Wonderful Life,” I discovered there’s a George Bailey in each of us ....

"Sexual Abuse Victor Offers Hope for Sandusky Victims, Others"  By: Rusty Wright & Meg Korpi. Posted 10/19/12 (630 words)   He knows how Jerry Sandusky’s victims must feel.  Their stories reawakened agonizing memories of childhood sexual abuse in Josh.  He’d hated his assailant, hated his father, and damned God.  He felt ashamed, and terribly alone.  Then a college student’s challenge started him on a quest that changed everything.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

"Quadriplegic Finds Meaning in Life Despite Handicap" By: Jan White.  Posted 8/17/12 (540 words)  Forty-five years ago, a teenager named Joni Eareckson dove into the shallow water of Chesapeake Bay.  In seconds, her life changed from athletic to quadriplegic.  She was paralyzed from her shoulders down, due to a broken neck.  There’s no way 17-year-old Joni could have known that going swimming on that hot July day in 1967 would mean she’d spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  But in spite of her tragic circumstances, she has overcome bitterness, endured suffering, and still found meaning in life....

"Looking At the Miracles of God's Creation" By: Jan White.  Posted 8/17/12 (560 words)  “The wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars,” stated NASA chief Charles Bolden when the nuclear-powered rover landed this week.  Curiosity traveled 352 million miles on its eight-month journey to Mars.  Described as the size of a small car, Curiosity carries scientific tools, cameras and a weather station.  News reports say it has a “robotic arm with a power drill, a laser that can zap distant rocks, a chemistry lab to sniff for the chemical building blocks of life and a detector to measure dangerous radiation on the surface.” ...

"Who Said That?"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 8/10/12 (600 words) 

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”  “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  “Money is the root of all evil.”  “God helps those who help themselves.”  Who made these statements?  Learning who actually said them – and, in some cases, what they really said and meant – might surprise you.  (Short op-ed)

"Park Service Makes (Up) History" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 7/25/12 (650 words)  During a visit to Yellowstone National Park a few weeks ago, my wife and I viewed an educational film concerning national park history. Yellowstone was the first to be established, signed into existence by President Ulysses Grant in 1872. Today there are 397 park areas reaching from Maine to Hawaii to Alaska.  Their collective grandeur is beyond description. If you don’t believe in God, I dare you to spend a couple of days ...

"Compromised Principles May Cost You Dearly" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 7/25/12 (570 words)  Penn State’s beloved long-time winning coach, Joe Paterno was worshipped by many. He taught countless young men to excel on the football field, and pushed them to excel academically. He was a role model to many, and Penn State University took pride in being honorably linked to him. Paterno died shortly after Jerry Sandusky, one of his long-time assistant coaches was charged with sexual abuse of an unknown number of boys and young men on and off campus.  On Sunday, July 22, 2012, a crew removed the statue of Paterno ...

"Olympian Finished His Race & Won the Ultimate Prize" By: Jan White.  Posted 7/25/12 (560 words)  The 2012 Summer Olympics will soon begin in London, England.  It’s expected that four billion people worldwide will watch some of the Games of the 30th Olympiad.  According to the official Olympic website (www.London2012.com), some 10,500 Olympic athletes and 4,200 Paralympic athletes will be competing in 46 sports featured in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games....

"Jordan's Bold Educational Experiment"  By: Meg Korpi & Rusty Wright. Posted 7/25/12 (700 words)  Amid continuing Middle Eastern political and social unrest, a quiet revolution is taking place in Jordan that could help reshape the future of that nation and provide a model for the world. It is a revolution not of guns or violence, but of character and mind—and it was started by King Abdullah himself. (Short op-ed by Meg Korpi and Rusty Wright)

“And the Rest is History”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 7/11/12 (400 words) One of the highlights of this summer was playing tour guide to two sets of cousins visiting our community from Norway. Each group was making the most of their time-off to explore the United States. When I asked how much vacation time they were given each year, I was envious of the response. Five weeks!  It appears that European employers are more generous when it comes to “R and R” than American employers. As one European admits, “We work so that we can go on vacation. You Americans go on vacation so that you can go back and work.” ...

"In God We Still Trust" By: Jan White.  Posted 7/6/12 (565 words)  “In God We Trust” – these four words are engraved on the wall of the U.S. House of Representatives and above the south door of the Senate Chambers, as well as our coins and currency.  Our national motto, “In God We Trust,” dates back to 1814 when Francis Scott Key composed a poem called the “Star Spangled Banner.”  After watching the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, he saw that the flag was still flying the next morning.  One line of his final stanza says, “And this be our motto – ‘In God is our trust.’”...

"Joe Citizen Wants The Truth About Fast And Furious (An Open Letter)" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 6/28/12 (690 words)  My name is Joe Citizen, and I need to get to the bottom of this “Operation Fast and Furious” business. Facts now public indicate  that in 2009 the Phoenix Office of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) began supplying Mexican drug cartels with high-powered weapons, like AK47s. I have to ask: Who came up with that brilliant idea?  As an average citizen with only average intelligence ...

“A Father's Day Blessing”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 6/8/12 (400 words)  Fathers' Day 2006 was the most memorable one I've ever experienced. I had asked my retired pastor-dad to preach at the church I served. Because my dad was battling terminal cancer, I knew it would likely be the last time he'd give a sermon.  It was a poignant morning. Dad preached like there was no tomorrow (perhaps because he wasn't sure how many tomorrows he had left)....

"Partaking of Fiction with a Biblical Worldview" By: Shaunna Howat.  Posted 6/6/12 (950 words)  Numerous parents over the past two decades have approached me with grave concerns over what their children are reading. Their concerns are wide-ranging and unpredictable.  Some say that their children should only read Christian literature; anything else would be too much of the world. In fact, I taught for a year at a Christian school whose curriculum oversight committee refused to allow its students to read anything besides specifically Christian literature. To repeat, I taught there only a year.  Some parents allow their children to read a small selection of secular fiction, but ...

"What if the Foundations are Destroyed?" By: Jan White.  Posted 6/6/12 (620 words)  If you ever go to Washington, D.C., set aside at least a week to see the monuments, museums, art galleries, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Arlington National Cemetery.   Another must-see, the National Cathedral, stands atop Mount Saint Alban.  It’s majestic spires point heavenward.  The Cathedral’s foundation stone came from a field near Bethlehem, Israel, and was laid by workmen in 1907.  The completion of the west towers in 1990 marked the end of the construction....

"Religious Liberty Overrules Health Care Mandates" By: Lynn and Gary Hardaway. Posted 5/25/12 (670 words)  There are some essential core values every American should embrace. Chief among these is religious liberty for all, the first right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Whether we are conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, religious or irreligious, we should cherish this fundamental right. To deny religious liberty is to endorse tyranny – either Fascist or radical leftist....

“A Mother's Persistent Love”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 5/9/12 (475 words)  In the summer of 1957 Isabel McMurray and her husband were on vacation in Chicago. They’d left their teenage son Scott at home in Decatur, Georgia. Before leaving "the Windy City" to drive home, Isabel scribbled a handwritten note to her son on a postcard she'd purchased at the Shedd Aquarium. Scott's mom began by saying, "We'll probably be home before this gets there." Affixing a two-cent stamp on the card, she deposited it in a mailbox. Isabel McMurray had no idea how true her words were....

"Handling A Troubling Mother's Day Tradition" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 5/4/12 (620 words)  When I was growing up, one Mother’s Day tradition within many of the churches was that people, old and young, wore a rose over one’s heart. Those whose mothers were still living were given a red rose, while those of us whose mothers were no longer alive wore white roses.  Among the adults, many people wore either red or white, but among children and young people, it was rare to see one of them wearing a white flower...

"Chuck Colson:  An Example of a Life Well-Lived" By: Jan White.  Posted 5/4/12 (550 words)  I believe God has a plan and purpose for every life and that He ordains certain people who will cross our paths during our lifetimes.  Some of those people play a significant role in shaping our lives.  Our parents, our ministers, our teachers and coaches, and many others help make us who we are today.  Then, a few special people become our mentors and impact the rest of our lives....

"Watergate Confirms Christ's Resurrection" By: Jan White.  Posted 5/4/12 (500 words)  Suppose someone questioned the fact of Christ’s resurrection from the grave after His death by crucifixion.   How would you answer?  You could reply with the Apostle Paul’s list of those who saw the risen Lord, including Peter, the twelve, and “over five hundred brethren at once” (1 Corinthians 15:6).   Then, to complicate matters, the person refuses to accept the Bible’s eyewitness accounts.  How would you make a convincing case to prove the resurrection of Jesus Christ? ...

"Tiananmen Leader's Divine Cause"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 5/4/12 (600 words)  Chinese student Chai Ling helped lead the massive 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square that drew the world’s praise and her government’s wrath.  Twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, today this Harvard MBA is a successful businesswoman who still risks persecution to bring reform to China.  Her current activities might surprise you.  (Short op-ed)

"A Bridge Over Troubled Water" By: Kendall Wingrove. Posted 4/27/12 (785 words)   A century after the sinking of the Titanic, crowds still line up at museums around the world to see artifacts associated with the event that cost 1,500 lives. Recent news coverage surrounding the 100th anniversary of the 1912 tragedy demonstrates that it remains a powerful and revealing tale about almost every aspect of the human condition.  The scene was captured decades earlier ...

“Beware of the Icebergs on Life's Journey”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 4/5/12 (420 words)  This weekend marks the one hundredth anniversary of the day that most famous of all ships carried 1,522 people to their watery graves. Did you know that the Titanic was three football fields long? She was eleven stories tall and ninety-two feet wide. The infamous ship tipped the scales at 46,000 tons.  At the time, she was the largest and most luxurious ship every built. This vessel “fit for a king” could carry nearly 3,000 passengers and crew. She had her own swimming pools, suites, restaurants, Turkish baths and squash courts. There was even a Parisian sidewalk café complete with strolling musicians....

"The Greatest Book Ever Written Will Never Go Out of Print" By: Jan White.  Posted 3/21/12 (530 words)  “After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica ends sale of print edition.”  This decision is a sign of our times.  The recent news article went on to say that the books, “which have been in print continuously since its beginnings in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768 – (are) finally abandoning print and moving exclusively online.”  According to a New York Times article, print reference books have been almost completely overtaken by the Internet....

"Steve Jobs and his "Oh Wow" Moment" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 3/20/12 (620 words)  Lying on his deathbed, Jobs stared deeply into the eyes of his wife and children. He then appeared to look beyond them, over their shoulders. He spoke his final words, “Oh, Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow”. What he saw that amazed him to the point of making that final utterance must have quite been profound.  Jobs didn’t utter, “Oh No”, as if he was frightened by what he saw, but the secret of his last words before entering into eternity is buried with him....

“Reaping the Harvest of Bad Seed” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 3/20/12 (570 words)  As a then 56-year old, I was given pause for thought when 56-year old Apple CEO Steve Jobs died from pancreatic cancer. And more recently, on my 57th birthday, when 57-year old Hall of Famer and former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter died from brain cancer.  It is often said when people die at an age we deem too young that they have been taken from us “before their time.” What we should mean ...

“Birth Control and the Liberal Media Spin Zone”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 3/14/12 (880 words) The question was a simple one.  Or at least it should have been.  Can the government force religious institutions to embrace, enact and fund policies which violate their most deeply-held faith convictions?  Say, by forcing religious institutions to make abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and birth control available to employees, even when these religions teach against such practices? ...

"Important Lessons Learned from Sinking of Titanic" By: Jan White.  Posted 3/14/12 (535 words)  I can’t imagine what it was like to be aboard the Titanic when it sank on April 15, 1912.  Some say the movie filmed several years ago was a realistic portrayal of the “unsinkable” ship’s disaster.  The British luxury liner was 882.5 feet long, or approximately the length of three football fields.  At the time of its maiden voyage, it was the largest ship ever built.  Among the 2,200 people aboard the Titanic were millionaires John Jacob Astor and Isidor Straus, as well as crewmembers and people from all walks of life....

"What is the Definition of a Christian?" By: Jan White.  Posted 3/14/12 (515 words)  If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?  I’ve heard ministers asked this soul-searching question during sermons encouraging Christians to live out what they profess to believe.  Iranian Pastor Yousef Nakarkhani knows firsthand the answer to that question.   According to news articles, in 2009 the Christian pastor was convicted, and sentenced to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity....

"October Baby Movie:  Do You Feel Wanted?"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 3/14/12 (600 words)  For nineteen-year-old Hannah Lawson, that desire drives a quest to discover her real identity.  You see, she’s just learned that she was adopted, and the product of a failed abortion attempt.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright)

"Is the Earth Bursting at the Seams, Or Is There Plenty of Room for More?" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 2/27/12 (540 words)  The United Nations warns us that the world's population is about to surpass 7 Billion people. Many fear this is the result of 'population explosion', described as a condition where an organism's numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat..”. Experts opine that, “Humans are 10,000 more common than they should be according to the rules of the animal kingdom, and we have agriculture to thank for that.”...

"National Prayer Breakfast Speaker Serves Food for Thought" By: Jan White.  Posted 2/27/12 (535 words)  New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas delivered the keynote address at the 60th Annual National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington, D.C. recently.  Metaxas, a Yale graduate, spoke to 4000 people in the Hilton Hotel Ballroom, among them the President and Vice President of the United States, as well as members of Congress, Cabinet members, and diplomats....

"Family Surprised By Presidential Visit" By: Jan White.  Posted 2/27/12 (525 words)  There’s a heart-warming story told about how President Dwight Eisenhower surprised a family while he was vacationing in Denver.  A newspaper reporter had written an article in the form of a letter to the President to tell him about a little boy named Paul Henry Haley, who was dying of cancer.  Alongside the article in the Rocky Mountain News was a picture of the six-year-old Paul Haley dressed in a cowboy outfit with his arm around his mother....

"Juan Williams, "Say What?" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 1/20/12 (660 words) 

During the January 16th Republican debate, Fox News panelist Juan Williams issued this challenge to Newt Gingrich. “You recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?”  Here’s one American who intends “at a minimum,” to set Mr. Williams straight....

“Why E.T. Isn't Phoning Home”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 1/10/12 (1230 words) As 2011 came to a close, two Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star were discovered less than 1,000 light years away.  And this was just a couple weeks after it was announced that another planet orbiting another star at the right distance to allow for liquid water and therefore the possibility of life.  The excitement of astronomers and other scientists was palpable....

"Did God Win It for Tebow?" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 1/10/12 (660 words) 

After Denver’s spectacular overtime playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, some fans may be wondering if God is actually fixing games for Tim Tebow, Denver’s quarterback, who very publically celebrates his faith in Jesus Christ. However, you’ll never hear Tebow himself claim that. In fact he constantly has to deny and correct that distorted view of God. The question remains, how did Denver pull it off? ...

“In Defense of Capitalism”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 12/22/11 (850 words) “Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.”  That well-known adage may end up being America’s epitaph, if we continue along the road we’re on from a capitalist to a socialist system.  It is a road to nowhere.  The socialist experiment was actually undertaken by the Pilgrims when they first settled in Jamestown, and it proved utterly disastrous...

“After 2000 Years, The Message Still Cannot Be Silenced” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 12/22/11 (410 words) Good and evil, moral failure followed by redemption, forgiveness, unconditional love, sacrifice, equality, free will and liberty; these are concepts deeply ingrained in the human psyche.   They are the themes of great novels and movies. Civilizations have been established on their principles—“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness...”   They define human existence on planet Earth....

"The Importance of Famous First Words" By: Jan White.  Posted 12/22/11 (545 words)  There’ve been times in my life when I’ve told a friend or family member about something I was determined to do – such as go on a diet and exercise more.  Sometimes I hear the reply, “Famous last words!”  That’s because my resolve doesn’t always produce results.  When a prominent person dies, their last words are often preserved for historical records ...

"Santa, Your Children, and The Truth" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 12/19/11 (635 words)  "Pastor, what do I tell my children about Santa Claus?"  It's a question I can depend on from a nervous parent this time of year.  Many Christian moms and dads feel a real tension, if not betrayal of their convictions, over the issue of how to deal with Santa Claus without compromising their belief of what Christmas is all about....

“Celebrating the Light Amid the Darkness”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 12/13/11 (420 words)  Seattle-ites will never forget December 2006.  A freak windstorm toppled trees and power lines rendering thousands without heat, lights and electricity for eight consecutive days. It was a week in which darkness dominated their lives. I ought to know. I was one of them. It was an unforgettable week in which we were reminded just how dependent we were on flashlights, candles or the glow of a cell phone screen to navigate the halls of our frigid homes. In addition to being a major inconvenience, it was eerie. It just wasn’t right....

“The Three R's of Christmas”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 12/13/11 (875 words) The cost of everything is going up these days, and that includes the cost to purchase everything in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song.  As calculated annually by PNC Wealth Management, that would now run you $24,263 (up from $23,439 last year).  And what would you get for all that money?  Certainly nothing that relates to the yuletide season.  I mean, what do turtle doves, french hens or swans-a-swimming have to do with ...

"He Became One of Us, So We Could Be Like Him" By: Jan White.  Posted 12/7/11 (505 words)  Paul Harvey once told an unforgettable story that’s especially meaningful during the Christmas season.  It seems that one bitterly cold night a farmer heard a thumping sound on his kitchen storm door.  Standing near the stove, he looked out the window to see what was causing the noise.  The light from the kitchen cast a glow through the ...

"Giving the Best Years of Our Lives" By: Kendall Wingrove. Posted 12/7/11 (750 words)   They call you into the office late one afternoon and the somber faces announce what is coming before anyone utters a word.  Once spoken, the sentences are devastating.  Your services are no longer needed.  The termination has been swift and sure.  The company is moving forward but some people are being left behind.  Despite decades of hard work and loyalty, you won't be making the journey with the team.  You began the day as an employee; you finish it as a statistic. This is the end of the road.  Welcome to the club nobody wants to join. You are now unemployed....

"Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader?" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 11/22/11 (140 words)  Here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of current events. According unscientific but credible studies, most fourth graders can probably pass. Let’s proceed.  In the past two years two political movements have arisen to protest what’s going on in the country ...

"Practical Wisdom for Occupy Wall Street" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 11/17/11 (610 words)  I find it providential that the release of my book, The Proper Pursuit of Prosperity, coincided with the protest movement called "Occupy Wall Street."  As a Christian whose values and morals are ruled by what is good, right and true according to the dictates of the Bible, I have a difficult time taking the protest seriously.  Not only is prosperity not inherently wicked, but many of the patriarchs of the Bible were 1%ers to use today's vernacular....

“Hating Tim Tebow”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 11/17/11 (900 words) Tim Tebow was doubted, even from the start.  His mom and dad were Christian missionaries who believed that God would give them a son named Timothy, which means “honoring God,” who would impact the world in a special way for Him.  But soon after Tim’s mom became pregnant with him, serious and life-threatening complications arose.  A doctor told her there was only one course of action to take....

"Jordan's Moderate Arab Spring"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 11/17/11 (610 words)  As we sat in a Parliamentary conference room talking with Jordan’s Senate president and his colleagues, we could see why Jordan’s Arab Spring has been more subdued than most.  (Short op-ed by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi)

"Seven Billion People on Earth and Counting" By: Jan White.  Posted 11/4/11 (525 words)  According to U.N. estimates, the world’s seven billionth child was born on the last day of October 2011.  When that baby came from its mother’s womb, it gave cause for celebration of new life and pause for reflection on a population milestone in human history.  Researchers say that in 1800 there were approximately one billion people on earth.  Then 130 years later, in 1930, it reached two billion.  The world’s population increased to three billion by 1960, four billion by 1974, and five billion by 1987.  In 1999, there six billion of us on the planet and now we number seven billion and counting....

"Pausing on a Note of Triumph" By: Kendall Wingrove. Posted 11/4/11 (745 words)   When Norman Corwin died recently at the age of 101, his name was unfamiliar to many Americans.  That's a shame.  More people should become acquainted with the works of this prolific and thought-provoking writer. His words are as relevant today as they were seven decades ago....

"Mighty Macs Movie - Teamwork Works"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 10/17/11 (600 words)  The basketball team at tiny Immaculata College – a “pint-sized papal institution” – became an example “for every team that thought they never had a chance” as they played for the national title.  Their story could get you cheering, too.  Rocky meets Sister Act meets Hoosiers.  (Short op-ed)

"Steve Jobs, An Example That Every Life is Valuable" By: Jan White.  Posted 10/11/11 (710 words)  The announcement of Steve Jobs’ death dominated the network and cable news coverage.  Many of the news stories and interviews about his life described the 56-year-old as a visionary for transforming the way we use technology.  Steve Jobs has been compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford because of the impact of his inventions on our daily lives.  Jobs has been called one of the fathers of the personal computing era.  A co-founder of Apple computers in 1976 ...

“Israel in the Crosshairs”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 10/4/11 (810 words) The world reached a momentous point last week — one predicted thousands of years in advance, throughout all of Scripture, by Jesus and the prophets.  Yet most people probably didn’t even notice.  Indeed, even as all of the Bible’s endtime prophecies of 2,000 or more years ago come to pass in our time, precisely as foretold, the world pretends that life is going on as normal, and will continue to in perpetuity.  Sadly, though, that too was predicted....

"Refuse the Politics of Envy" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 9/27/11 (695 words)  As sure as roosters crow at sunrise, every election season brings a similar cock-a-doodle-doo from certain politicians who have nothing to offer voters except class envy. The nation has grave problems; who’s to blame? The Rich. Anybody who makes more money than you or me. (In my case, that’s a very great multitude. It’s going to take a gargantuan effort for me to stir up enough envy to pour out on all these evil misers.) ...

"Courageous Movie Portrays a Different Kind of Courage"  By: Meg Korpi and Rusty Wright. Posted 9/27/11 (610 words)  Courageous is a fast-paced police drama with heart-pounding action and a spine-tingling surprise in the first three minutes. Good-natured banter and comic mishaps had us laughing, but the movie quickly reveals an introspective side that portends a human drama that challenges norms and will get you thinking.  (Short op-ed)

"Airing One's Dirty Laundry Takes New Meaning" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 9/26/11 (610 words)  As a father and grandfather, I am well aware that young people, more often than not, will discount the counsel of their elders as irrelevant, naïve, and ‘old-fashioned’- certainly not something to apply to their lives. Often, they will listen to and trust other entities, such as TV, friends, the Internet, etc. more than an old 'fuddy-duddy'.  Hopefully, some of their more trusted resources will now speak to them about the dangers of unbridled use of social media....

"More People Accept A Vending Machine God" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 9/15/11 (600 words)  The news release stated, several chandeliers were hanging from the ceiling lighting up a plush 5,000-seat auditorium. "A lady scrolls down the screen of her tablet PC as she reads the Bible along with the rest of the congregation, a huge diamond-encrusted ring shining on her finger." "A water fountain hisses in the distance…and millionaire pastors preach the Word."  The story was about the increasing number of Christians who are followers of the prosperity gospel....

"Day 26,000" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 9/14/11 (700 words)  There is a website I sometimes check called “Dead or Alive,” a sort of Who’s Who that keeps track of the living and the departed. It’s designed to answer the question, “whatever happened to . . . (fill in the blank)? Let’s say you want to know about the stars of the old TV series, Bonanza ...

"We Will Never Forget!" By: Jan White.  Posted 9/6/11 (555 words)  For the past decade on each anniversary of September 11, 2001, two words are often spoken about that horrific day when America was attacked – Never Forget!  Never forget the innocent men, women and children flying in the planes that Islamic extremists used as weapons of mass destruction to hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  Thousands of citizens who worked there perished.  Never forget the first responders – the policemen, fire fighters, and Port Authority personnel – who ran into the burning buildings to save as many lives as possible.  Many of them died in the line of duty....

“Remembering 9/11 Ten Years Later”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 8/24/11 (595 words)  Where were you on September 11, 2001? That’s a question the vast majority of Americans can easily answer. On that unforgettable Tuesday morning I was driving to work listening to the radio. The announcer interrupted the music and read a news bulletin. First reports indicated a small single-engine plane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Subsequent reports brought the fuzzy news story into fearful focus. We were a nation under attack.  The magnitude of the tragedy soon became unimaginable. Thousands of lives had been lost. Tens of thousands had been personally impacted. The skyline of New York City had been altered ...

“Taxing the Rich Hurts the Poor”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 8/12/11 (835 words)  The debt-ceiling deal hasn’t appeased liberals, either those in Washington or those outside of government, who continue calling for more massive spending, huge tax hikes, and an ever-expanding big government behemoth to pay for so-called “entitlements.”  This is socialism, pure and simple — the redistribution of wealth.  The problem with socialism ...

"Did John Lennon Become a Christian?" By: Jan White.  Posted 8/12/11 (500 words)  Recently, I saw a film producer interviewed on a network news program.  He made a comment that fascinated me when he pointed out the possibility that John Lennon became a Christian during his later years of life.  According to a soon-to-be-released documentary about the former Beatle and several biographers as well, Lennon enjoyed watching evangelists Billy Graham, Pat Robertson and Oral Roberts....

"Evangelicals' Image Problem"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 8/12/11 (600 words)  

God should have sued Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson for defamation, says New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.  “Few words conjure as much distaste in liberal circles as ‘evangelical Christian,’” he writes.  So why does he sing evangelicals’ praises?  (Short op-ed)

“Satan - Still Alive and Well on Planet Earth” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 7/28/11 (470 words)  In 1994 when the world learned of the gruesome ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, Time Magazine’s May 16, 1994 cover blared, “’There are no devils left in hell,’ the missionary said, ‘they are all in Rwanda.’”  Earlier this month when the gruesome revelation of the kidnapping and dismemberment of 8-year old Leiby Kletsky was discovered, my thoughts went back to that headline. Such acts of unspeakable violence, being so horrendous ...

"The Benefits of Our Doubts About God" By: Jan White.  Posted 7/22/11 (500 words)  Several people I know are battling cancer and cancer seems to be winning - at least for now.  Watching them fight this disease as it attacks other areas of their bodies makes me feel helpless.  All I know to do is to continue to pray for them because, like me, they believe in the power of prayer.  But sometimes I wonder...

“On Giving and Receiving”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 7/14/11 (620 words)  This coming Sunday I'll walk my middle daughter down the center aisle of a Chicago church. In over thirty years as a clergyman, I have performed countless weddings. But this will be the first one as father of the bride. I have it all rehearsed in my head.   I am guessing that I'll feel something like a sliver in my heart as my feet progress slowly ...

“Don't Know Much About History”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 7/14/11 (950 words)  Four years ago, I was in the jam-packed audience at a cultural center for an enthralling evening with the great historian David McCullough.  He spoke that night with great urgency about a gathering storm that doesn’t involve terrorism, nuclear proliferation or the national debt.  Yet the crisis he confronted was every bit as much a threat to America's future, over time if not quite as immediately, as any of these others — that is, our nation’s loss of its own history.  McCullough, who has won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies ...

"There's an App for Everything You Need in the Bible" By: Jan White.  Posted 7/8/11 (510 words)  I wonder what Thomas Edison, George Eastman, and Alexander Graham Bell would think if they could see an iPhone – a cellular telephone and media player developed by Apple computers.  The three famous inventors of a movie camera, Kodak camera, and the telephone would be surprised to see a hand-held electronic device that can record videos, take digital photos, and make phone calls....

"Judge Rules Prayer May Cause Irreparable Harm" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 7/1/11 (470 words)  It happens every spring--A student in the good old land of the free and home of the brave is officially forbidden from exercising the 1st Amendment right of the exercise of religion....

"Don't Take This Foreign Language" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 7/1/11 (700 words)  In high school a good friend once told me he thought I might have a future as a writer. I looked up to him because, having sneaked a peek at our counselor’s unattended record book, I noted that this buddy had a higher IQ than mine. And he was a nice guy.  A year later I entered the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to enrolling...

"Gay Mayor, Christians in Surprising Alliance"  By: Rusty Wright. Posted 6/28/11 (600 words)   Portland, Oregon, mayor Sam Adams gets “calls from mayors of liberal cities all across the United States asking me if I’ve been abducted by aliens.”  He tells them the churches and the city really do cooperate in social services and that “we’re better for it.”  (Short op-ed)

"Our Political Role:  Restoring the Foundations" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 6/27/11 (700 words)  The Declaration of Independence and its daughter, the United States Constitution, form a towering political project unsurpassed in human history. The Declaration elegantly sets forth America’s purpose, vision and essential identity. Eleven years later, the Constitution translated the Declaration into a majestic design for principled government.  Without any apology, the Declaration honors God, the Creator, as the source of human equality, dignity, life and liberty. The Founders ....

“Sliming Sarah”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 6/15/11 (710 words)  There’s a hilarious scene in the comedy Ghostbusters in which Bill Murray is attacked by a not-so-friendly ghost and his fellow practitioners of paranormal science, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, rush to his aid.  When they reach him, they find Murray laid out on the floor covered in gook.  “He slimed me,” Murray tells them in his famous deadpan delivery.  The ghost obviously felt very threatened by Murray and went on the attack.  In much the same way ...

"Atheists Say the Nastiest Things" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 6/15/11 (670 words)  I’ve just written an e-book with the above title, taking some atheists to task for their really bad manners. Almost all of those cited are intellectuals, most dead – like Darwin, Marx, Freud, and John Dewey – but a few still alive, like Christopher Hitchens, author of the nasty attack on believers: god Is Not Great; How Religion Poisons Everything.  Some of my friends have sent encouraging blessings, but not all ....

“Have You Ever Had A "Come to Jesus" Meeting?" By: Jan White.  Posted 6/3/11 (525 words)  Recently, a friend commented to me that she had a “come to Jesus meeting” and then she shared what had happened in her life.  Hearing the words “come to Jesus meeting” made me wonder about the origin and meaning of the familiar phrase.  Several sources state that the phrase has its origin in America, particularly in the South.  The term refers to ...

“Pride of the Yankees”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 5/27/11 (890 words)  The New York Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox on national television Saturday night, May 14.  That meant the greatest rivalry in all of sports was back in the spotlight, at a time when the Bronx Bombers were in a funk while the Sox were on the verge of reaching the .500 mark after a dismal start to the season.  And yet, despite the magnitude of the rivalry and all the drama surrounding the game, this wasn’t the headline story.  It wasn’t even close....

“Apocalypse Now?”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 5/25/11 (870 words)  So the Rapture didn’t take place at 6 p.m. Eastern time on May 21.  Not that this was ever really in doubt.  After all, the broadcasts, billboards and promotional materials hyping a May 21 Rapture were all the work of Harold Camping, a false prophet who had made a similar prediction back in 1994.  This is one of the ways he raises a lot of money — a reported $72 million, in fact — and while many of his followers have been giving significant amounts of their own hard-earned cash ...

"Dealing With Post-"Rapture" Pain?" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 5/24/11 (700 words)  So . . . you’re still here. You expected to be in heaven by now, but something has gone awry. You’re not exactly sure why you and Christ’s other faithful few have not yet ascended. It’s an unexpected mystery. Disturbing. Maybe Harold Camping will explain it all on his next radio broadcast.   While you’re pondering these imponderables, ask yourself some basic questions starting with, “Why did I believe ...

"Think Before Tossing Around the Hypocrisy Label" By: James J. Jackson. Posted 5/20/11 (600 words)  The recent admission by Arnold Schwarzenegger that he fathered a child with a household employee, has sparked many emotions, from anger, to indignation to indifference. Political pundits were quick to shout, 'Hypocrisy!', declaring that 'another' Republican has been caught violating the family values they often preach...

"Is It Wrong To Celebrate Bin Laden's Demise?" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 5/17/11 (620 words)  It was nearly a day later that I learned world enemy #1 was permanently restrained from orchestrating anymore death, and despair on innocent men, women and children.  My first words were, "Thank you Lord" and frankly, I was happy.  As the day progressed I was following threads on Facebook from Christians who were "okay" with the military use of force, but were struggling with the appropriateness of "celebrating" Bin Laden's demise.  More than a Facebook sound bite was necessary....

“'Judgment Day' Will Not Be May 21” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 5/17/11 (635 words)  They stood suspended above I-287 in northern New Jersey last January like specters on a highway overpass; two hooded figures in black raincoats braving the elements during a rare rain event in an otherwise cold and snowy month.  The banner they held between them ominously warned northbound motorists: “Judgment Day May 21.”...

"Without Serious Change Financial Collapse is Imminent" By: William E. Cripe, Sr. Posted 5/12/11 (605 words)  It surprises people when I tell them that Jesus had more to say about the proper use of money than he did about any single issue, including heaven and hell.  Jesus knows us, what can I say?  We spend the majority of our lives trying to maximize our earnings, and that insatiable desire for more sometimes heightens an innate lack of sense. A Kansas man walked into a Topeka, Kwik Stop, asked for all the money in the cash drawer but was dissatisfied with the small amount of cash.  This mastermind then tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours--until police showed up and busted him....

“Ideas Have Consequences That Can Impact the World" By: Jan White.  Posted 5/12/11 (580 words)  Everybody has a worldview.  Simply put, it’s how you view the world.  Your viewpoint is based on what you believe.  Everything people think, say and do communicates their worldview.  “Today many think that it does not matter what a man believes, but it does.  What a man believes tells him what the world is for,” Richard Weaver writes in his book, Ideas Have Consequences.  The consequences of ideas can impact the world – for good or for evil....

“Why Did Jesus Die?”  By: Tom Flannery.  Posted 4/28/11 (810 words)  Does hell exist?  That question is being raised in the controversial new book Love Wins by Rob Bell which rejects the biblical doctrine of hell.  The book is garnering a great deal of attention, if only because the media is promoting it so aggressively.  Since the media tend to be disinterested (at best) or hostile (at worst) to Christian theology, the fact they’re suddenly so enthusiastic about this book and so positively effusive in their praise for it should tell you something....

"Warning:  Tsunami Approaching" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 4/28/11 (670 words)  Folks, we’ve got a problem, a federal spending problem. We’re borrowing and spending money so fast that the national debt is evolving into a giant tsunami that’s going to sweep us away.   We also have a leadership problem. The president of the United States refuses to join in the battle against runaway spending and soaring debt. He has no plan, no budget proposal to bring government under control. Seven months into fiscal year 2011, the recent hastily arranged budget, despite much posturing by all parties, resulted in a measly 1/3 of a billion “cut.” Both the president and Congress have failed to execute their fiscal responsibility. Both lack courage and conviction.  How bad is this failure? ...

"Unhappy Earth Day Greetings" By: Gary Hardaway. Posted 4/28/11 (580 words)  How does this idea from an “Earth Day” editorial strike you? “We need to start . . . recognizing that nature has inherent rights.” Historically, our civilization, especially in the United States Constitution, has recognized that humans have rights. And, because animals can suffer, we acknowledge that abusing an animal is not one of those rights but a cruel wrong....

“How Great A Debt We Owe”  By: Jan White.  Posted 4/28/11 (500 words) 

Our country’s National Debt now exceeds $14 trillion and according to news reports Congress will soon have to vote on raising the debt ceiling.  Like me, maybe it’s difficult for you to crunch numbers and grasp just how much debt we owe.  So I decided to research various news sources.  Here’s what I found....

“Lessons Learned From the "Faithquakes" of Life”  By: Jan White.  Posted 4/15/11 (510 words)  After the 9.0 earthquake ravaged Japan and caused the devastating tsunami on March 11, the U.S. Geological Survey found that the main island of Japan had moved eight feet.  According to NASA, the powerful earthquake caused the Earth’s axis to shift by 6.5 inches.  The scientists said that the quake shortened the Earth’s day by just over one-millionth of a second.  It’s difficult to imagine the death and destruction there that we can only get a glimpse of on television....

“Have You Lost Your Smile?”  By: Jan White.  Posted 4/15/11 (520 words) 

Last week I lost my smile.  It happened rather suddenly on Monday afternoon.  But I didn’t realize it until I looked in a mirror and noticed the right corner of my mouth was turned down.  I tried to smile, but my mouth would not cooperate.  Within a few hours, I had been diagnosed with Bells Palsy and was greatly relieved that I had not suffered a stroke.  My doctor prescribed ...

"Soul Surfer:  A Thought-Provoking Film for the Whole Family"  By: Meg Korpi and Rusty Wright. Posted 4/11/11 (640 words)   A 14-foot tiger shark bursts through the waves and tears off 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton’s left arm. Three months later, she’s surfing competitively again.  If you’re looking for inspiration to thrive in tough times, the true story of this determined teen’s triumph over tragedy will knock your socks off.  (Short op-ed by Meg Korpi and Rusty Wright)

“A Tithe Instead of a Tax” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 4/11/11 (630 words)  

General Electric reported a $14.2 billion worldwide profit, yet it calculated a corporate tax bill for 2010 that added up to zero, via “a creative series of tax referrals and revenue shifts.”    GE owns NBC which is one of the Big Three Members of the Mostly Liberal Mainstream Media; the other two being CBS and ABC. Since liberals are the champions of bashing “The Rich” for not having paid “their fair share” of taxes, can we expect an outcry from the talking heads on the NBC Nightly News or the Today Show? Don’t hold your breath....

“A Season for Giving Up Control”  By: Greg Asimakoupoulos.  Posted 3/29/11 (600 words)  A month ago I sat with my eighty-four year old mother in her doctor's office. At the end of her appointment, Dr. Rutherford indicated that she had reached a season in her life when it was no longer appropriate for her to be behind the steering wheel of her car. As her friend and physician, he asked my mom to relinquish her keys. She resisted at first. But as the good doctor made his case, Mom eventually gave in.  For my mother, giving up her keys represented ...

“Let us give thanks for Spring” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 3/16/11 (600 words)  For the last two weeks, the waterfall behind our house has been a thundering cascade of spring runoff. It's been the drum roll leading up to the first day of spring, when the cymbal will crash and the Earth will arrive at that point in its orbit around the sun where it will be light for as many hours as it will be dark.  Finally, we witness the celestial climax to the prelude whose crescendo has been growing now for more than a month in the forests and lakes all around us here in the Northeast....

“The Supreme Court's Puzzling Ruling” By: Gregory J. Rummo. Posted 3/3/11 (480 words)  As a Christian first and a Baptist second, I am left to wonder about the deeper meaning behind the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow religious hate speech in public on Wednesday.  The high court ruled 8-1 in favor of allowing members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to continue protesting at military funerals, displaying messages such as “Planes crash, God laughs,” “You’re going to hell,” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.” ...


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