The following articles are related to the topic of PROVIDENCE

Exploiting Human Weakness: A Look at Vice Taxation

As a matter of public policy, it is not uncommon for politicians to pass laws levying taxes on products that for all intents and purposes deliberately exploit human weaknesses. Such legislation has even become popular on the voter level. In 1998, voters in California passed an initiative known as Proposition 10. This proposition places a tax on cigarettes (an extra ... read more »

That Controversial Pledge, “Under God”

A firestorm (hotter than those in Colorado and Arizona) raged across the nation this past week. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Ninth District) handed down a 2-to-1 decision that a recitation of the "Pledge of Allegiance," containing the words "one nation under God," is "unconstitutional" in the school rooms of the District's nine states. If the decision is not ... read more »

Barking at an Empty Log: Atheism & Millennialism

A good "coon" dog has a marvelous "sniffer."He can follow a trail and tree his quarry with amazing skill.On the other hand, there is that sort of pup who barks at anything.He bays at the moon.An empty log holds as much excitement for him as a treed prey. Some folks are like the dog who barks at the empty log.They ... read more »

The Ostrich — Not as Dumb as Her Critics

The Reader's Digest Association has published numerous books over the years illustrated with many wonderful aspects of nature, though most of these are punctuated with Darwinian evolutionism. One volume I have found particularly fascinating is Marvels and Mysteries of Our Animal World . Some while ago, however, I ran across a comment regarding the ostrich. It was made by Jan ... read more »

Did You Vote?

The nation's eyes and ears have been tuned in to the state of Florida in recent days. The direction of our nation's leadership is in question, and Americans are deeply divided. There are difficult problems to be faced by our nation: abortion, taxation, family values, homosexual legitimacy, care for seniors, free markets, moral and cultural decay, etc. These problems, and ... read more »

A Highly Recommended New Book

Occasionally we are introduced to a new book that we find so particularly compelling that we wish to share it with our readers. One such volume recently has come to our attention. Edited by John Ashton and Michael Westacott, the book is titled, The Big Argument: Does God Exist? (Master Books, First Printing 2006). Actually the volume is an anthology ... read more »

A Study of Matthew 24

In this era of change, from one millennium to another, there may be no context that has become the focus of more controversy than the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew's Gospel record. This marvelous depository of prophetic literature has been victimized by considerable theological speculation. Several theories, spawned by a misunderstanding of this chapter, have generated confusion in the religious community. ... read more »

A Survey of Interbiblical History

The apostle Paul wrote: "[B]ut when the fulness of time came, God sent forth his Son" (Galatians 4:4). The phrase "fulness of time" is extraordinary. It reflected the most ideal time in world history for the birth of Christ and the inauguration of Christianity. The commencement of the Christian religion was a turning point in world history (note the common ... read more »

Church Growth: By the Gospel or By Gimmicks?

On the first Pentecost following the resurrection of the Lord, the church of Christ exploded in to existence. Under the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit, the apostles, for the very first time, proclaimed the full facts of the gospel message-namely, that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified and buried, but that he had been raised from the dead and ... read more »

Babylon: A Test Case in Prophecy—Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part study, an investigation was begun of certain Old Testament prophecies that focused on the famous city of Babylon. Three major points were made: - The prophets emphatically declared that wicked and arrogant Babylon would fall. - The providential instrument of the Lord, employed in the initial destruction of the city, would be the Medo-Persian ... read more »