Jerry Newcombe

CP Op-Ed Contributor

'Hand of God'? Just Ask Sir Isaac Newton

Recently, a picture from outer space was posted that some thought looked like the "Hand of God." Writing about it, 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."

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.

Celebrating Christmas Can Be Dangerous for Christians 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. But as Coptic Christians in Egypt prepare to celebrate Christ's birth, there is danger in the air.

Is the Church Winning or Losing?

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.

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 History of the Thanksgiving Holiday

One of my favorite times of year is Thanksgiving. What a great tradition---where we gather together to recount the Lord's blessings. I love the statement from columnist Mark Steyn: "Speaking as a misfit unassimilated foreigner, I think of Thanksgiving as the most American of holidays." Consider its history as a holiday.

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.

The Non-Jesus Religion

The Supreme Court has heard arguments this week about whether prayers at government meetings, for example, a town council, can include the name of Jesus.

Is a Secular Ten Commandments What America Needs?

There was a story last week that got my attention. Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and a great hero in my book, said that what we need today is a "secular Ten Commandments." He made this comment to a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

Obamacare Reminds Me of '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. It may yet collapse on its own weight.

God or Old President's: Who Rules 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.

Abortion Can Make the Heart Callous

One of the many tragedies of abortion is the way it has cheapened human life. I am not saying that those who are pro-abortion are Nazis or Communists. But I am saying that abortion has blinded some people to dehumanize the unborn.

Killing Christians With Impunity?

It turns out that the last century was the worst century ever for the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. Dr. David Barrett, a leading church statistician, says there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than had been murdered in all previous centuries combined.

Forgotten Heroes of 9/11

There are many heroes we can honor on 9/11. Such as those who fought back on the plane that went down in a field in Pennsylvania. (Said Todd Beamer: "It's time. Let's roll.") Such as all those firemen who went up the Twin Towers as they were burning from the terrorist attacks

The Politically Incorrect Rev. Dr. King

In our highly secular age, the politically correct Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been yanked from his biblical context---deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. That doesn't mean he wasn't a flawed man. No one but Jesus is without sin.

Obamacare Threatens Charitable Hospitals

It's a good thing our current administration wasn't around in the 4th century when St. Basil of Caesarea invented what writer George Grant calls "the first non-ambulatory hospital" in history, i.e., a medical facility with beds.

Pride; The Sin Behind Many Headlines

In scanning the headlines today, I noticed how there's an untold story that lay at the root of so many of the developments in the news---human pride. I'm not talking about pride in the sense of self-dignity or self-respect, but in the sense of arrogance, hubris, and haughtiness.