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November—December 2013

Why is the world the way it is? What has shaped our society and the kind of people we are? We've come up with all kinds of great advancements—like technology, medicine and governing constitutions—yet in many aspects the way we live is growing only worse and worse. Why?

The Rotten Apples That Are Corrupting Society

Why is the world the way it is? What has shaped our society and the kind of people we are? We've come up with all kinds of great advancements—like technology, medicine and governing constitutions—yet in many aspects the way we live is growing only worse and worse. Why?

Our War of Worldviews

This war of worldviews has grave implications for all of us, because ultimately it comes down to whose values and standards will guide and govern our lives.

Charles Darwin's Deadly Secret

Especially in the Western world, most people simply accept the theory of Darwinian evolution as a fact. What many don't know is that this theory is partially responsible for many of the most tragic historical events of the 20th century.

The Kennedy Assassination: An American Turning Point

This November marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The news stunned the nation and the world. November 22, 1963, marked a turning point for America. Those who remember the day are still trying to understand what it meant.

America's Military Decline: What Does It Mean?

Ambitious and expensive government programs seriously endanger America's economic stability and add to the nation's already gargantuan national debt. The inevitable downside seems to be massive cuts in military spending. Where is this disturbing trend taking a troubled nation?

Cuts in Defense Spending: Australia, Britain and Canada

America isn't alone in its military cutbacks and withdrawal from its role as the world's policeman. Its allies are following the same path, with dangerous implications for the free world.

The American Military: A Testing Ground for Social Change

Not only is America's military being gutted financially, it is also being seriously compromised as an effective fighting force by those using it as a testing ground for such social-engineering movements as feminism, the gay agenda and political correctness. In the long run, this exercise may prove even more dangerous than the defense cuts.

The Humiliation of America and What It Means for You

America is in trouble. For all its vaunted power, it has experienced grave challenges in dealing with a 30-year-old computer consultant who, following his conscience, deliberately leaked critical classified information.

Does Christmas Really Honor Christ?

If you really loved someone, would you celebrate the person with reminders of a past rival for your affection? Are many Christians guilty of dishonoring Jesus in this way?

Lessons No One Taught Me as a Youth About the Bible

I was recently indulging in one of my favorite things—walking through a bookshop. And I was struck by how many books had titles similar to "Fifty Things I Learned From My Dog" or "Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me." They were typically written by famous celebrities.

Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Obtain Mercy!

People aren't naturally merciful creatures. That's why God's saving grace is so powerful. It's by God's transforming grace that we can become the kind of merciful people who will inherit His Kingdom.

What Do You Believe and Why?

How do you know if what you believe is really true? Is it possible you have been influenced to believe things that are wrong? How can you replace faulty notions with true knowledge?

Lessons From the Parables: The Parable of the Lost Coin - Seeking Lost People

Jesus told a brief story about a woman's determined search for what she had lost. While picturing God's desire to reclaim lost human beings, it also shows that we should share that desire - putting high value on relationships.

Follow Me... So, What Do You See?

A dinner host was aghast when a woman of ill repute wiped Jesus' feet with her hair. But Jesus had a message for him - and for us.

God, Science and the Bible: The Miracle of Birth: "I Saw God Today"

"My brand new baby girl, she's a miracle. I saw God today," sang George Strait in his 2008 hit song titled, "I Saw God Today." When I witnessed the birth of my two daughters, the word "miracle" naturally popped out to describe such a moment of awe.

Mini-Bible Study: An Amazing Truth: Jesus Christ and the Old Testament

To learn about God, we must go right to the source, the Bible, which is His revelation to humanity. It is His Word, His message, to mankind.

Are You Afraid of Commitment?

We live in a commitment-phobic age, and it especially affects young adults and teens. Do you have commitment troubles—especially the most important commitment of all?

Current Events & Trends: The critical importance of being wisely informed

Keeping up with major news developments and global trends remains a serious Christian responsibility.

Current Events & Trends: America and Britain: a public display of weakness

Over a very short time Western intervention in Syria seemed to be coming at a fast pace.

Current Events & Trends: Avoid involvement in the Middle East?

Bloomberg Businessweek published an article by Peter Beinart, a Daily Beast columnist and university professor, that originally appeared online with the title "Obama Should Give Peace a Chance With Iran" (Sept. 19, 2013).

Current Events & Trends: The German election: the other side of the story

The Jewish Chronicle stated in a front-page article, "Angela Merkel's historic third election victory was warmly greeted by European leaders this week" (Simon Rocker, "Board Welcomes Angela Merkel," Sept. 24, 2013).

Current Events & Trends: Washington's budget impasse: the overlooked significance

The vast majority of commentators decried the government shutdown and warned of dire consequences.

Current Events & Trends: The global war against Christians

John Allen Jr. recently authored a book titled The Global War on Christians. Subsequently he wrote an article on the topic for The Spectator in which he began with scenarios of correspondents reporting on significant events without pointing out their significance.

Letters From Our Readers - November/December 2013

Readers of the Good News share their thoughts in the November/December 2013 issue.

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