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Dr. Jerry Newcombe

  • 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. 
  • 26
    DECEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The World's Most Successful Enterprise

    Imagine two men engaged in a conversation on an international flight. These two men, presumably businessmen, are strangers to each other. As they talked with each other, it was revealed that one was a businessman. The second man was a representative of a worldwide organization with franchises in every country. "Really?" asked the first. "You must work for Coca Cola.""No," replied the second, "We have far more field representatives than they'll ever have! We have more employees and more customers, if you can call them that." 
  • 12
    DECEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: So Much for the Right of Conscience

    The ACLU is busy chipping away at religious freedom in our country again. They have successfully brought suit in the Denver area to force a Christian cake-maker to violate his own beliefs or face a fine.  This story is becoming increasingly common, where a Christian baker, florist, photographer in good conscience cannot support the homosexual lifestyle. Yet the authorities are forcing them to violate their conscience or lose their livelihood.
  • 5
    DECEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: ‘Tis the Season to Attack the Gospels?

    Every year at Christmastime, like clockwork, you can expect the mainstream media to come out with some sort of “fresh” perspective on Jesus. We see this on TV specials and in magazines and reports. Since December has just begun, I thought I’d be pro-active in answering the critics. The basic questions are these: Can we trust the Bible? Can we trust the Gospels? If they were put on trial, as in a court case, how would they hold up?
  • 21
    NOVEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Does the Pro-Life Movement Have a Prayer?

    If you’ve been pro-life for any length of time, you know it’s easy to develop battle fatigue. Last week’s election saw a strongly pro-abortion rights candidate beat the pro-life candidate for the governorship of Virginia. However, clearly, there were many other factors at work.  Meanwhile, Gov. Christie of New Jersey is pro-life and won a landslide. But again there were many other factors at work. 
  • 15
    NOVEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: The Non-Jesus Religion

    The Supreme Court has heard arguments this week last week about whether prayers at government  meetings, for example, a town council, can include the name of Jesus.    The case is Galloway v. City of Greece (which is a suburb
  • 31
    OCTOBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Secular Ten Commandments?

    There was a story last week that got my attention. Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and a great hero in my book (but not on this point), said that what we need today is a “secular Ten Commandments.” He said this to a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.
  • 25
    OCTOBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Obamacare and “Animal Farm”

    Now that we’ve had just a few weeks of the mess that is Obamacare, it brings home how grossly unfair it is for the political class to impose it on the rest of us and not have to abide by it (for as long as it lasts). It may yet collapse on its own weight.I feel sorry for the younger generation (just out of college). They have less of a chance to get a good job with benefits. Many companies continue to downsize because of Obamacare.
  • 17
    OCTOBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: What’s In Your Wallet?

    There’s virtually not a week that goes by without some sort of lawsuit or complaint against a reference to God or Jesus in the public arena. Often times these lawsuits or complaints are along the lines of “I’m offended,” and that settles it---so the Ten Commandments have to go, God has to be chiseled out. Yet our national motto is still “In God We Trust.” It has been since 1956. These words are chiseled in stone above the Speaker’s platform in the House of Representatives.
  • 11
    OCTOBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Abortion Can Make the Heart Callous

    I once read that part of the education for the would-be members of the infamous Nazi SS involved giving the aspiring men a puppy each, at the beginning of the training. Then at the time of their graduation, they were ordered, “Strangle the puppy.” If they flinched, if they hesitated, if they declined, they flunked.    
  • 4
    OCTOBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Killing Christians With Impunity?

    Next month will mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The official date is November 10, 2013. However, their website states: “…you are free to choose another date if you wish." Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors have chosen November 3.
  • 26
    SEPTEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Are Americans Getting Poorer?

    I’m not an economist, and I don’t play one on TV. But it seems to me that the so-called recovery is taking a long time. Or maybe, it isn’t a recovery after all.  Virtually every week there’s some new study out, showing that more Americans are struggling financially. Are Americans getting poorer? Is this the new normal? Is the Middle Class shrinking in our time? Jesus said, the poor you will always have with you, but now we apparently have more of them.
  • 19
    SEPTEMBER

    Dr. Jerry Newcombe: Oh the Profanity!

    Do you remember the last time you saw a movie and when it was over, you thought, "That was great, except there wasn't enough swearing?"You don't? Neither do I.
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