Jerry Newcombe

CP Op-Ed Contributor

The Historical Jesus

Every once in a while, we hear a false charge. A charge that has significance during this Lenten season of 2013. It's an old lie that seems to keep resurfacing. The accusation is that supposedly there is no historical reliability to Jesus as a person. That is so false.

Is Scripture-Quoting a Sign That You're Nuts?

Currently in the theatres is the movie, "Safe Haven," based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. In the book, the bad guy goes around quoting Scripture. Is quoting Bible verses indicative of a mental imbalance? To some of our cultural elites it would seem so.

Sprinting Toward Gomorrah

In 1996, the late Robert Bork wrote a book entitled, Slouching Toward Gomorrah. But today, we're not slouching toward Sodom and Gomorrah, we seem to be in an all-out sprint.

Former Fetuses, Unite!

The high court decided Roe v. Wade without public debate, without the people's representatives getting to weigh in. And here we are, forty years later, still arguing about it. We live in what Dr. Richard Land calls "the Divided States of America." Abortion is one of the most divisive issues.

Time to Stop the Unjust Mandate

The founders would not agree at all with the tyranny of the current administration in enforcing this mandate---a mandate that would never have come to be unless President Obama had given what now appears to be an empty promise that ObamaCare would not fund abortion.

Rebuttal to Newsweek's Cover Story on 'The Myths of Jesus'

Suppose you were to read an overall negative article about a man who outwardly appeared to be respectable---but then, suppose you found out that, unbeknownst to the readers of the article, it was actually penned by his ex-wife? Wouldn't that make you at least a little suspicious about the article's contents? So it is with Newsweek's cover story on Jesus.

Who Really Cares About the Poor?

If you were a casual observer of our culture, you'd assume that the progressives are the ones full of compassion. But is that really the case? Jesus told His disciples that when you feed the hungry and clothe the naked, you do it unto Him.

A Sad State of Affairs

When did the word "affair," which sugar coats reality, replace the word adultery? Apparently, people today can't "relate" to the old-fashioned, outmoded concept of "adultery" (sin), but they readily know what you're talking about if it's an affair (an indiscretion, a choice, nobody else's business).

It's Mourning in America

After the election results, I'm tempted to say, "Well, it was a great country, while it lasted." The results appear to be very bad for traditional values. Where were the churches? Where were the values-voters? Clearly, there is a great deal of education that needs to take place.

What Would George Washington Say About the 2012 Election?

Like the other founders, Washington believed that for the Constitution to work, the people needed to be virtuous. As he himself put it in the Farewell Address, "virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government." Washington elaborated on the importance of "religion and morality" (again from his final public message). But so many now think we're so much smarter today.

Three Key Lessons for Modern Americans From a Refugee of Communism

America is at the crossroads. In a couple of weeks, we get to vote which path we will choose---toward bigger or more limited government. Lately I've been hearing from different people who fled Communist backgrounds, warning about what they see happening in modern America at the hands of politicians on both sides of the aisle.

How Rude! Do Manners Matter Anymore?

Now that the dust has settled from last week's VP debate, we have a better chance to assess the long term effect of the performances. Though content should remain our focus, particularly as we edge closer to the election, civil discourse is a topic that should be revisited from time to time.

Revisiting the Mormon Issue

I've been talking to a few conservatives lately who claim they will vote for a third party candidate for president. They would be inclined to vote for a conservative, but because the most conservative majority party candidate is a Mormon, they say they will opt out and vote instead for Joe Shmoe of the True Blue Conservative Party or someone like that.

Are 'Entitlements' an Oxymoron?

It's one thing to have a social safety net. It's another thing when virtually half the country is in that safety net, when government-dependence is a way of life. The estimates are that 49 percent of Americans now receive substantial government assistance.

Why Does God Allow Hurricanes?

All politics aside, how could a good God allow hurricanes or other forms of natural disasters? This is a core question that keeps resurfacing. Presumably, it is part of what keeps some from believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rape, Abortion, and Roe v. Wade

Just this week, a politician got in trouble for his unfortunate remarks about rape and abortion. While the media has been piling on, enjoying a feeding frenzy over that which he himself has apologized for, there's another story (also out of St. Louis) I want to draw attention to.

Overcoming Hate With Love

Hopefully, Wednesday's shooting incident is not the beginning of some new trend. But historically, persecution often follows effective Gospel work. How are we to respond? Love is the key to overcoming hate.

Whatever Happened to Hell?

Belief in Hell doesn't seem to be taken too seriously these days. Millions of high school students have been taught about Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," as a supposed example of Puritan excess.