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Dr. Jerry Newcombe

  • 25
    JULY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Explaining the “Sacred Right of Conscience” to the Left

    It has been about three weeks now since the Hobby Lobby decision, and based on all the brouhaha from the left against the decision, you would think that the Supreme Court had virtually overruled the Constitution. The case: Should a business be forced to provide contraceptives, including abortifacients, for their employees, even if that violates the conscience? 5 to 4 on the High Court said no.
  • 17
    JULY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Our Lawless President Opens the Borders

    Our founders based our nation on the rule of law. But now lawlessness is becoming the rule. One of the Bible’s definitions for sin fits here: “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). The border crisis is a strong case in point. Congress said no to the DREAM Act, but the president has a phone and a pen, and he says yes.
  • 10
    JULY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Breaking News From AD 33

    In a sense, we're all on death row. Death is on my mind because of the recent death of my much-missed older brother, Doug. I am so grateful he died as a Christian. To die in Christ is gain. In our culture, we do just about everything we can to push death away from our thoughts. Often we don't even use the words. We'll say things like, "He passed away" or just "he passed." But these are just euphemisms for "he died."
  • 2
    JULY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The God Factor---America’s Key to Success

    238 years ago (July 4, 1776), our founding fathers voted to affirm a revolutionary document---the Declaration of Independence.Since that time to the present, there have been numerous other political revolutions. Most have failed miserably and ended in bloodshed and chaos---with conditions worse than before.
  • 26
    JUNE

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud

    The Tenth Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” But Barrack Obama says, I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can do what I want. Not the states, not the people, but Me, Myself, and I. Every week there seems to be a new scandal du jour for this administration. 
  • 19
    JUNE

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Is Marriage In America On the Rocks?

    June, long the most popular month of weddings, is a good time to ask: How strong is marriage today? In the pop culture, marriage is weak. Songs often extol illicit sex or denigrate marriage. There’s a song today, “Marry You,” popularized by singer Bruno Mars: “It's a beautiful night, / We're looking for something dumb to do / Hey baby / I think I want to marry you.” I didn’t realize marriage was dumb or to be taken so lightly, as if on a whim.
  • 16
    JUNE

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The Essence of Liberalism

    As the fallout from the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners of war continues to reverberate, there’s a fascinating statement from one MSNBC host on the subject.   On 6/4/14, “Now with Alexander Wagner,” the MSNBC host said she hoped the swap may lead to “broader negotiations” with the Taliban. (Hat tip to newsbusters.org).  
  • 5
    JUNE

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: George Washington's Warning to America

    George Washington envisioned an America where people of all faiths could enjoy peace. He wrote to the synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island (8/14/1790): "May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants, while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid." And he also spoke of the need as a nation to ultimately imitate the Savior. For example, in June 1873, Washington, then the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, wrote a famous letter to the governors of the thirteen states, called "the Circular to the States." 
  • 29
    MAY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The Deadly Sin of Anger on the Rise

    If you can control your anger, you’re greater than being able to control a city. That’s a paraphrase from Solomon the Wise, about a thousand years before Christ.I like to write sometimes on the Seven Deadly Sins, of which Anger is one---even though a person can be angry without sinning. In one form or another, anger is in the headlines.  
  • 22
    MAY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Is Boko Haram's Motivation “Mysterious”?

    Here we are, a month after the kidnapping of some 300 girls by a radical Islamic group in Nigeria, and there are still many in the West who don’t get it. They just don’t understand the motivation of the kidnappers. Radical Muslims want to take over the world. They divide it into two parts---those who submit to Allah and therefore are at “peace” and those that are at war until they are made to submit to Allah. These are the houses of peace (Dar al-Islam) and of war (Dar al-Harb).
  • 15
    MAY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Banning the Bible from the Schools?

    In our own backyard here in Broward County has arisen a disturbing story of a twelve year old boy (Giovanni Rubeo) getting in trouble with his teacher for having the audacity of reading the Bible to himself during free time, when the children were free to read whatever they wanted to. But his teacher singled out the Bible (a Christmas gift Gio treasures) because it was allegedly inappropriate to read in the school. In her own words, it was “the book he’s reading as opposed to the curriculum for public school.” Again, this was during free time.
  • 8
    MAY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The Power of the Tongue

    Virtually every week there’s a new headline of somebody getting in trouble because of something they have said. Perhaps a lifetime’s work has been undone by a thoughtless remark. One of the saddest things I’ve ever heard was when a woman who was about 65 years old said that when she was a young teenager, about to go out on her first date, her dad said to her, “You’re so ugly. Who would ever want to marry you?”
  • 1
    MAY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: America’s 225th Birthday---April 30

    225 years ago (April 30, 1789), George Washington, the first president under the Constitution, was sworn in with his hand on a gigantic open Bible. He leaned over and kissed the book. Many today say he was not really a Christian. But what does the evidence show? And why does it matter?
  • 24
    APRIL

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Au Contraire, Jim DeMint Does Know His US History

    Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn’t know his US history.
  • 17
    APRIL

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Easter Hope---Based on Facts of History

    Jesus sells. That’s why they have cover stories on Him in magazines and TV specials, even if some of them offer strange theories to try to explain away things like the original Easter.   I’ll never forget the evolution of a famous TV newsman, the late Peter Jennings, the anchor ABC’s nightly news broadcasts. 
  • 10
    APRIL

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: What Would the Framers Think of Evicting Churches from NYC Schools?

    A new court ruling has determined that churches can no longer rent public school facilities.Churches in New York City can be evicted from the schools. Despite the good they do in the community, they could be out in the cold. Writing for Facts & Trends (4/3/14), Bob Smietana observes, “The 2-1 ruling from the Second Circuit Court is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle between the Bronx Household of Faith and the Board of Education of the City of New York.” 
  • 3
    APRIL

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The Wedge Issue---Reflections on World Vision

    What happened last week with World Vision should make us all take notice. The billion dollar evangelical charity announced they would accept same-sex marriage when hiring employees. The reaction to World Vision was swift and unambiguous. A number of high-profile evangelical leaders rebuked the organization, and thousands of laypersons added their voices via websites, emails, and phone calls. It seems likely that donations to the charity would have dropped like a stone. Many of those who give to them would have simply switched to support of some other Christian charity with a similar mission. Perhaps some have. 
  • 27
    MARCH

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Great New Movie---“God’s Not Dead”

    There’s an old joke in Christian circles that goes like this: Someone had written in graffiti the famous quote from the 19th century atheist philosopher: “God is dead. Signed, Nietzsche.” Underneath it, someone else wrote: “Nietzsche is dead. Signed, God.”  There’s a new movie out called, “God’s Not Dead.” I hadn’t heard about it, except for a word of praise from Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide, who provides a biblical critique of films.
  • 12
    MARCH

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: In Remembrance of a True Hero of the Faith---St. Patrick

    We live in a time of the anti-hero. Too often, the good guys are the bad guys and vice versa. Celebrities are often held up as heroes, until we learn too much about them.But to see a true hero, look at the real St. Patrick, who has a day dedicated in his honor. Unfortunately, many people only observe his holiday, March 17, by drinking themselves silly, which is totally contrary to the spirit of the man who Christianized Ireland. 
  • 7
    MARCH

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: “God’s Work” is Killing Babies?

    Is it “God’s Work” to kill the unborn? President Obama seemed to say so recently.Steven Ertelt wrote an article, “Obama Says His Pro-Abortion Supporters are ‘Doing God’s Work,’” for lifenews.com (2/26/14). Ertelt notes, “At an event in Washington last night, President Barack Obama told his liberal, pro-abortion supporters who are members of his political group Organizing for Action that they are ‘Doing God’s Work.’” 
  • 27
    FEBRUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: What Changed the Vikings?

    I saw an advertisement recently for a series on the History Channel on the Vikings. A viewer’s guide blurb reads, “Chronicling the medieval adventures of a band of Norsemen.” “Adventures”? I guess that’s one way to put it. They went around killing people, raping women, stealing, and destroying things. 
  • 20
    FEBRUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Church---Antidote to Loneliness?

    I’ve often wondered why the studies show consistently that going to church lengthens your life and even the quality of your life.One time I had the privilege of interviewing a sociology professor and author, Dr. Byron Johnson. When I spoke with him, he was teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on from there to Princeton and is now at Baylor. He has made a lifetime of studying the impact of religion on society, on health, mental and physical. 
  • 13
    FEBRUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Is Romantic Love Just a Myth?

    With Valentine’s Day upon once again, we are flooded with reminders of romance and romantic love. But with so many broken hearts today, one wonders: Is romantic love just a myth?My long-time pastor, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, once told me: “Over the years of my ministry, I have noticed a repeated pattern in terms of the people who seek me out for counseling, when it comes to family matters. I find single people coming to me who wish so much that they were married. Then I find married people coming to me who wish so much that they were single---or at least that they were no longer married to their particular spouse.” 
  • 6
    FEBRUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: A Big Lie or Just a Pronoun Mix-up?

    A majority of Americans are now opposed to Obamacare (which has the euphemistic title of the “Affordable Care Act”), even those who supported it earlier. Once the program began, sticker shock set in. Long before any of us heard of Obamacare, P.J. O'Rourke famously said: If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free. 
  • 30
    JANUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Who Owns the Children?

    There was a recent decision in a German court that ought to give every-freedom loving American the willies---especially because the same mentality can be found here. The case involved a conscientious Christian home-schooling family. The judge ruled that the four children of the Wunderlich family---taken forcibly by the state from the parents last summer---are not to be returned to the family since home-schooling is illegal in Germany. 
  • 23
    JANUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Shocked No More?

    Incest as romance and entertainment? Society seems to play a game of “Can you top this?” Or really “How low can you go?” Hollywood often leads the way, but there are many that follow. It seems that things acceptable today would have been unthinkable a decade ago and not even on the radar screen a half-century ago and a criminal offense 100 years ago, in many cases.Lifetime television has brought to the small screen, "Flowers in the Attic," dealing with incest apparently as a romance---based on a popular 1979 novel.
  • 17
    JANUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: “Hand of God”? Just Ask Newton

    Recently, a picture from outer space was posted that some thought looked like the “Hand of God.”  Writing about it for space.com (1/9/14), Tanya Lewis said, “The hand might look like an X-ray from the doctor's office, but it is actually a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded.” 
  • 9
    JANUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Overcoming the Sin of Sloth

    At the start of the New Year, it’s often good to review our life’s direction and goals. One thing to consider is how much any of “the Seven Deadly Sins” (Pride, Greed, Envy, Anger, Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth) have a hold on our lives.
  • 2
    JANUARY

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Celebrating Christmas Can Be Dangerous---in Egypt

    Our Christmas has come and gone. But for the Coptic Christians in Egypt, Christmas is commemorated on January 6, the day tradition holds the wise men (the Maji) came from the East, bearing gifts for the Christ child.Western Christians have celebrated Christmas on December 25, the date held early on as the day of Christ's birth. Eastern Christians celebrate His birth on January 6. An early Church council tried to reconcile the two dates. The best they could come up with is a compromise between the two dates---hence, the origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas, December 26-January 6. 
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