Entries by Jerry Newcombe

Thanksgiving as a Way of Life

Another Thanksgiving is upon us. But it’s amazing how ungrateful people can be these days. One comedian quipped, “My grandfather tried to warn everyone that the Titanic was going to sink. Besides not believing him, they also expelled him from the movie theater!” Ingratitude runs deep in the human race. But as Christians we are […]

A Grateful Nation Remembers Its Veterans

Around this time of year, when we remember our veterans, grade-school children in a Washington state school won’t be taught to honor those who have served our country. Instead of a Veterans Day celebration, the school will have a peace and tolerance assembly. The school-wide gathering scheduled for November 15th this year at Benjamin Rush […]

Colleges Today: Indoctrination, Not Education?

It’s amazing how, in our age of the great unraveling, we see the value of a college education imploding before our eyes. The evil Hamas did in Israel on October 7th, 2023—leaving 1400 Israelis dead in brutal attacks on men, women, children, and even babies—revealed their true goals. But many college students are defending them. […]

A Clarifying Moment for the West

George Washington, the father of our country, envisioned an America where people of all faiths could enjoy peace. In 1790, he wrote to the synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island: “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 […]

Armageddon? Not Too Fast!

It seems that just about every time there’s a major conflict in the Middle East—such as the recent horrific attacks by Hamas on Israeli men, women, and children—someone raises the question: Are we on the way to Armageddon? Is the end of the world just around the corner? Armageddon is listed in the book of […]

The Constitution—Worth Celebrating, Not Trashing

September 17th each year marks the historic moment in “the year of our Lord 1787” when the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. This was a great milestone in world history. More of the constitutions around the world have been patterned after our nation’s governing document than any other frame of government. But today the Constitution […]

Political Correctness, 1. American History, 0

Virtually every week there is some new attack on America as founded. Each one represents more chipping away at our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots. As a nation, we suffer from what I call “American Amnesia.” Here’s a recent example. There is a town about 30 miles away from San Francisco named in honor of Concord, Massachusetts, […]

The ‘Rules of Civility’ George Washington Made Famous

Last week, in scanning various headlines, I was delighted to see—among all the bad news—this story: “George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility.” The link they have brings the reader to the Mount Vernon website. This isn’t advice George Washington doled out. Rather, it’s a series of aphorisms that he learned as a youth that greatly […]

We Need More Bible, Not Less

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, as the old saying goes. One man who is lighting many candles in our time—yea, even floodlights—is Kirk Cameron. The founders of America were very clear that for the American experiment to work, we the people need to be virtuous. And where does that virtue […]