The following articles are related to the topic of HOPE

Testing the Spirits

The power of the public speaker is enormous. Who can forget the swelling pride of the British during their darkest hour as they were led to the battle with the words of Churchill? Or the tremendous impact of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? Even those who are not great orators wield significant influence over their listening audience. The bumbling Marshal Applewhite ... read more »

An Atheist’s Daughter

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), a British mathematician and philosopher, was applauded as one of the world's profound thinkers. In 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on the basis that he was "a defender of humanity and freedom of thought." He authored more than 40 books covering such subjects as philosophy, education, sex, and morality. Religious Philosophy At times, ... read more »

God Wants Me To Be Happy

The details may vary, but the basic story is the same, and becoming more common with the passing of time. These are tragic episodes that utterly baffle the minds of family and long-time friends. A Christian man, very active in the church, meets a woman in a store in which he occasionally shops. The lady is quite cordial and they ... read more »

The Resurrection of the Wicked

The Pharisees constituted the "straitest" sect of the Jewish religion in the time of Christ (Acts 26:5), but they were not without their own theological flaws. For one thing, they denied that the wicked dead would be raised from the grave. In his discussion of the Pharisees, the Jewish historian Josephus declared that the Pharisees "believe that souls have an ... read more »

Be Still and Know That I Am God — Revisited

"If you were running for your life, would it matter?" That was General Odum's motto; he learned to put everyday problems into perspective, weighing them against his World War II experiences. Captured by Rommel's infamous Afrika Korps, Odum later escaped when the German plane transporting him and other prisoners of war was shot down by Allied Forces over France. After ... read more »

Lessons from Lamentations

One of the little-known portions of the Bible is the book of Lamentations. Although frequently neglected by some students, this narrative truly contains some rich deposits of truth which will abundantly reward those who examine its contents. In the Hebrew Old Testament the book is entitled ekah, meaning "how" or "alas," taken from the first verse. The Septuagint calls it ... read more »

Sanitizing Entertainment

Do you remember the commercial advertisement that showed a young woman smoking a cigarette, with this caption: "You've come a long way, baby!"? That slogan has become almost legendary, describing so many different elements in American society. We have come "a long way," and much of it has been straight down. Take the movie industry as an example. I remember, ... read more »

Vile Tune, Rotten Singer

Peter Singer has been described by some of his critics as "the most dangerous man in the world today." Who is this man? Singer is the soon-to-be Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. Singer is a fifty-two-year-old Australian who has considerably impacted the world of bioethics in the waning days of this decade. He has taught at ... read more »

When the Creation Is Delivered

In a marvelous passage designed to provide comfort for afflicted children of God, Paul affirms that the "sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward" (Romans 8:18). He continues by suggesting that "the creation," with great anticipation, awaits the revealing of God's children (vv. 19-23). He notes that ... read more »

Preaching to the Spirits in Prison

Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while ... read more »